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How to whiten teeth naturally at home

How to whiten teeth naturally at home
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Over the years, food and drink can take their toll on the colour of our teeth and as we get older we often find our smile isn’t quite as bright as it used to be. This is due to the enamel breaking down and revealing the yellow-coloured dentin underneath. But before you fork out a fortune on over-the-counter whiteners and expensive dental treatment, try some of these natural methods for whitening your teeth at home.

Brush and floss

The best way to keep your teeth healthy and white is through good oral hygiene. Brushing twice a day and flossing at least once each day helps get rid of stains and keeps your teeth and gums healthy. Regular visits to the dentist and hygienist are also effective in removing stains.

Bicarbonate of soda

Baking soda is a pretty-well known way of whitening teeth. However, it is quite abrasive so shouldn’t be used too often. Use water or lemon juice mixed with the baking soda to make a paste then brush your teeth with it. Be sure to rinse thoroughly afterwards.

Banana peel

Bananas are a great source of nutrients but don’t just throw away the peel when you’re done. Rubbing your teeth with banana peel for around two minutes can whiten your teeth. Your teeth will absorb the vitamins and minerals from the banana peel and it has none of the abrasive qualities of baking soda. Strawberries are also said to have a similar effect.

How to whiten teeth naturally at home

Charcoal

This one may seem a little weird but using activated charcoal on your teeth really does make them whiter. Activated charcoal is usually sold in capsules so you need to open them and crush the powder before wetting your toothbrush, dipping it in the charcoal and gently brushing with it. Charcoal is highly absorbent and attracts stains so you don’t have to brush too hard. When you’re done, rinse your mouth and brush with your regular toothpaste.

Oil pulling

Use a tablespoon of pure organic oil, for example coconut oil, and swish it around your mouth for 10 to 15 minutes pulling it between the gaps in your teeth. Afterwards, spit out the oil and rinse your mouth thoroughly with water. This method may not be particularly tasty but it is a tried and tested Indian remedy used for generations.

Foods and drink

Once you’ve brightened your smile you don’t want to end up back at square one. Eating and drinking oral friendly food and drinks will help keep your pearly whites white. Obviously sugary drinks should be avoided, particularly carbonated ones that contain a lot of acid. Just like the rest of the body, teeth need nutrients to stay healthy. Crunchy fruit and vegetables such as apples and celery act as natural tooth whiteners as they encourage saliva, which helps stop food staining the teeth. Eating foods rich in calcium and vitamins C & D among others will help keep your teeth strong. Coffee, tea and red wine can all stain teeth so are best avoided if you’re trying to whiten them.

None of these natural methods will leave you with dazzlingly white teeth overnight but they will make a difference and are healthier and gentler on your teeth than many chemical treatments.

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Maria is a freelance writer with over 10 years' experience producing content for a variety of publications and websites. When not working or looking after her two gorgeous sons, she can usually be found playing flugelhorn in a brass band, helping out at her local hospital radio station, shouting at the television while watching Formula 1, at the cinema or plonked on the couch with a cold glass of wine.

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