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10 Easy, Natural Ways to Brighten Your Smile

First impressions last, they say. But what makes a good impression? About 40% of people notice the smile first according to the Academy of General Dentistry. Some jobs require for employees to wear a good smile. Wearing a white smile gives you confidence. If you are afraid of the dentist, maybe this can be very useful for you. We have listed Ten natural teeth whitening tips to try.

So how do you get a nice healthy white smile without the risk of over-bleaching or damage from whitening strips or trays? Besides the obvious, like cutting back on things like smoking, drinking coffee and other things that tend to stain your teeth, you can use one of the natural teeth whiteners below:

Activated charcoal

This may sound like black magic, how come black stuff can make your teeth whiter? You should try it yourself and see the magic. Activated charcoal may taste like grill but if works.

Activated charcoal may come in capsule form and usually taken for stomach pains which helps the body to cleanse out toxins via your bowel movements. Another purpose for this miracle black pill is teeth whitening. You have a few options when it comes to using this dark powder on your teeth:

  1. Charcoal Powder

Open the capsule that contains the black charcoal powder and place it in a saucer. Take a toothbrush and toothpaste, after placing the toothpaste on the toothbrush, dip it into the charcoal powder and brush it on your teeth. Gently brush your teeth to avoid any potential damage to your enamel and then rinse it with water.

  1. Charcoal Powder + Water

Open 1-2 capsules into a cup and add enough water to the cup to make a paste out of the activated charcoal powder. Use a toothbrush to apply the paste onto your teeth and wait 3 minutes. Rinse with water.

Baking Soda & Hydrogen Peroxide Paste

Baking soda is not only for baking, it has a lot of uses specially in cleaning. This does not exempt in cleaning your teeth. Take 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda and mix enough hydrogen peroxide with the powder to create a paste. A runnier paste is better than a chalkier paste, try slowly adding in more liquid if you are unsure what a good ratio is. Baking soda is a bit gritty so be careful not to scrub your teeth too hard with this paste so that you don’t wear down your enamel.

Apply this to your teeth the in the same way that we described with the previous tip. Hydrogen peroxide has great antibacterial properties, so it is a great agent for keeping your mouth and gums clean.

Coconut Oil Pulling

Coconut oil has a lot of uses too, considered as the hottest go-to multipurpose food item on the market. It has a lot of benefits to your skin, hair and even cold sores. So why not your teeth, right? You’ll want to avoid swallowing the coconut oil at this point because it not contains all the bad stuff you want to remove from your body. Make sure to spit out the coconut oil in the trash and not in the sink. This is because coconut oil has such a high melting point that you run the risk of clogging up your pipes if it gets trapped and turns solid before it can drain.

Turmeric

Turmeric is a spice used for cooking, so this may not be the best tasting paste for your teeth whitening but still it works great. So just like other powders on the list, you want to make a paste out of the turmeric and rub it on your teeth and wash it away leaving a brighter smile. Just don’t get it in to your clothes or skin because it can stain.

You can use either water or melted coconut oil to make your turmeric paste. Apply it to your teeth and let it sit for 3 minutes. Rinse your mouth with water and follow up with a brush using your normal toothpaste.

Apple Cider Vinegar

We all know vinegar is acidic and will hurt your tooth enamel, but it’s great for tooth whitening. So be sure to dilute apply cider vinegar with water before using it for teeth whitening and avoid using this method more than once a day. Add half a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to a cup of water. Gargle the solution in your mouth for a few seconds like you would with mouthwash and then dispose of the waste in the sink.

Strawberry Salt and Baking Soda

From the fruit itself, you know this is your favorite, a strawberry paste. Take 1-3 strawberries and ½ teaspoon of baking soda and muddle together in a cup. Use a designated toothbrush to apply the mixture to your teeth and let it sit for 5 minutes.

This method needs an after care as strawberries have small seeds that may get into your teeth, so be sure to brush or floss afterwards. Abstain from using this method more than once a week.

 Avoid Dark Pigmented Foods

Very much self-explanatory. Some food can cause your teeth to stain, these foods includes coffee, marina sauce, soy sauce, or anything with artificial coloring. Might at well eat raw, crunch fruits and veggies, they help your teeth to be whiter. Because they scrub your teeth while you chew, and they have high water content and eliminate the sugars and stimulate saliva flow to further wash away food particles.

Limit Your Acidic Food/Drink Intake

Just like vinegar and dark-colored foods. You’ll want to steer clear of getting hooked on consuming things that are acidic, because they have the power to break your enamel. This includes, soda, energy drinks and wine.  

Rinse your mouth with a swig of water after drinking or eating something acidic to help prevent the acids from wearing your teeth out. Using a straw to drink acidic beverages is also a good option to avoid as much tooth-to-acid contact as possible.

Fruit Rinds

Believe it or not, these are not useless. Specifically, banana peels can be used to help whiten teeth. Just rub a banana peel on your teeth for about 2 minutes. Active ingredients in banana peels include manganese, magnesium, and potassium. Rinse with water and brush with toothpaste afterward. Orange peels work too, their active ingredient is limonene. 

 

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