We all dream of having a perfect Hollywood smile. However, not everyone can afford to go to the dentist to have their teeth whitened.
We at Infostyles can’t wait to share with you 12 super effective ways to naturally whiten your teeth at home without destroying your enamel.
Apples are one of the best natural teeth-cleansing foods. This is due in part to the cleansing texture which helps scrub away plaque, but like strawberries they also contain malic acid to enhance the cleaning process.
When you think of onions, you don’t automatically think natural teeth whitener. When you think onions you probably think tears and bad breath, but onions have a superpower that won’t make your mascara run! The sulphur in an onion acts as a barrier preventing plaque from forming on our teeth. The only catch is you have to eat the onion raw!
3. Baking Soda:
Most whitening toothpastes have baking soda as one of their ingredients, and that’s because baking soda is mildly abrasive and able to scrub off surface stains and plaque.
4. Banana Peel:
It may sound weird, but you can use banana peels in place of your whitening strips. Banana peels contain a lot of potassium, magnesium, and manganese, all of which help to remove stains from teeth. To try this method, choose a perfectly ripe banana (not green and no brown spots), and cut a small rectangle out of the peel. Once a week, rub the inside of the peel over your teeth for about two minutes and then brush like usual.
5. Orange Peel:
Rubbing your teeth with the inside of an orange peel is widely regarded as a safe, natural way to whiten your teeth at home. The white part of the peel (known as the albedo) contains limonene, a substance that contains natural solvent cleaners, and is actually used in many commercial teeth whitening products. Unlike the flesh of the fruit, orange peel is not acidic, so it is safe to use without the risk of the acidity of the fruit causing any damage to tooth enamel. Here are some more brilliant and surprising uses for orange peels.
6. Basil Leaves and Mustard Oil:
Try crushing up dried basil leaves to form a mildly abrasive powder and mixing with mustard oil for a fast, effective way to whiten your teeth at home. You can also use fresh basil leaves crushed into a paste and applied directly onto the teeth using a tooth brush. Basil is said to help to protect the gums while mustard oil has antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties to promote great allround oral health.
7. Turmeric Powder:
Turmeric is often used as a natural teeth whitening remedy because it is anti-inflammatory , antimicrobial, and contains antioxidants, making it effective for treating common dental problems like gum disease. In the form of a fine powder it acts as a gentle abrasive, removing surface stains and revealing whiter teeth in an instant. Simply rub about a teaspoon’s worth over your teeth using your finger, brush with a clean toothbrush and rinse.
8. Hydrogen Peroxide:
This simple cleanser is a natural bleaching agent, making it a popular ingredient in commercial whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes. Many DIY whitening methods only remove surface stains, but hydrogen peroxide will actually bleach the color of your natural tooth for a longer-lasting effect.
Although hydrogen peroxide can be potentially harmful to your mouth in high levels, it’s perfectly safe in low concentrations of about 2 to 3 percent (which is what you’ll get in those brown bottles from the drugstore). To brighten up your teeth, rinse with a solution of equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water —just make sure not to swallow it. It’s safe enough to use daily, unless, of course, you experience any kind of sensitivity; in that case, scale back to just a couple times a week.
You may think raisins are bad for your teeth because of their sticky sweetness, but they’re actually protective. Research shows that bran cereal with raisins helps clean the mouth faster than the same cereal without raisins. Chewing raisins stimulates saliva, which helps prevent plaque, stains and cavities from developing by neutralizing the acidic environment created by other foods and bacteria in your mouth.
Here’s another reason to smile for the camera and “say cheese.” Cheese helps keep your teeth strong with minerals, such as calcium and phosphorus, and protein that protects tooth enamel. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the lactic acid in cheese is also protective against tooth decay. Plus, hard cheeses help clean your teeth by stimulating saliva.
Drinking water throughout the day promotes saliva production, which in turn helps keep your pearly whites, well—white. Sipping water during and after a meal also helps rinse your mouth of any debris and loose plaque.
12. Use an Electric Toothbrush:
Electric toothbrushes can remove up to 70% more plaque than manual brushes alone. The new Sonicare Black Diamond brush vibrates at a speed of 31,000 brush strokes per minute and also has whitening mode (that is a special three-minute cycle for the all the teeth) to remove any stains. Science – electric toothbrushes remove more stains by vibrating or rotating in a more efficient and effective manner than manual brushing alone.