Having pearly whites is often a dream for many people. With so many foods and drinks we consume on a daily basis that stain our teeth, it can feel like a losing battle to keep your teeth sparkling. But having bright teeth can be an important part of your life.
It is easy to underestimate the value that bright teeth provide cosmetically and for enhancing your confidence while flashing smiles. You may choose to whiten your teeth at home so that you can try natural methods that are cost effective and can be easily integrated into your routine.
Baking soda is a powerful medium for removing dirt and grime. The same goes for scraping off plaque and removing stains from your teeth. It is often used in toothpaste but can be used directly on your teeth for a strong whitening effect. It is mildly abrasive and it reduces the acidity of your mouth. This makes it harder for bacteria to grow. You can simply add a small amount of water to pure baking soda until it is a paste then use it to brush normally.
Peroxide is a common household tool for killing bacteria and disinfecting wounds. It is also effective when used as a mouth wash and used in many kinds of toothpaste as a whitener. It’s known to help lift stains and is especially effective when used interchangeably with baking soda. The effects are most noticeable when used consistently over an extended period of time. Overuse or the use of too high concentrations of hydrogen peroxide can be irritating, so be sure to use a diluted option. Use it infrequently to protect enamel that can be eroded from overuse.
Activated Charcoal is an incredible substance that is used for many different medical and cosmetic purposes. It’s become increasingly popular for its detoxifying effect. Activated charcoal is made safely and is different from the common charcoal we might see when using a grill. It has the ability to absorb and neutralizing substances. It traps toxic chemicals and harmful pathogens. It also works surprisingly well for whitening teeth. It helps to absorb the plaque from your teeth, binding to them and removing them from your mouth.
Oil pulling in an old folk remedy that has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for hundreds of years. It is supposed to support the health of your teeth with the added benefit of reducing plaque and stains. Coconut oil, sunflower oil, sesame oil, olive oil, or grapeseed oil all can work effectively for oil pulling. Swish the oil for about ten to twenty minutes then spit it out.
Some people may find it difficult to keep swishing the oil for an extended period of time, making it a less popular option. But with the many health benefits it brings, it is definitely worth a shot. You can also do multiple short sessions of oil pulling to achieve the same results.
Apple Cider Vinegar (or ACV) is a commonly used household product that is versatile and yields many health benefits. It can help to clean your mouth and make a less favorable environment to bacteria. Overuse is associated with weakened enamel, so be sure to use sparingly.
Humans have been finding ways to naturally whiten their teeth for many thousands of years. And it is still an important part of life for us. Although some of these methods may not be as quick and effective as help from a professional, they provide cost-effective ways to achieve whitened teeth.