Everyone enjoys a bright smile. Whether it’s your personal bright smile or the individual you’re speaking with, it’s aesthetically pleasing and undeniably healthy to have white teeth. In fact, it’s such an important social trait that a recorded study concluded that 25% of American adults avoid smiling due to the poor condition of their teeth.
Taking into consideration that 1-in-4 Americans are self-conscious about the coloring of their teeth, discussing a solution to this issue can improve both the mental health and oral health of our population. Here are 7 ways that you can naturally whiten your teeth from the comfort of your own home.
1) Baking Soda & Hydrogen Peroxide
When you mix these two together, it’ll create a paste-like substance. Baking soda has teeth whitening properties that helps eliminate plaque, while the hydrogen peroxide is an antibacterial agent that can keep your teeth germ-free and white. Regularly brushing with this combined substance works wonders when it comes to brightening your smile. Additionally, if you mix some water in with this combination it becomes a teeth whitening mouthwash. Be cautious on how much Hydrogen Peroxide you use, as it is a natural bleaching agent that’s safe to use orally in limited quantities.
2) Eating Fruits & Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables increase saliva production which improves your mouths natural ability to remove stains. Crunchy vegetables, such as celery and carrots, act as a scrubbing agent that helps remove plaque. Strawberries and apples, in particular, contain a substance called malic acid that removes stains and keeps teeth white. Additionally, keeping a healthy diet is a great way at maintaining optimum oral health.
3) Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is known to have many healthy qualities. Rinsing with this natural antibiotic helps with both keeping your teeth white and removing stains. The natural acidity helps with breaking down plaque, although don’t use this tactic too often as an overabundance of apple cider vinegar can wear down tooth enamel over time.
4) Oil Pulling
Oil pulling is a traditional teeth whiten remedy used by Native Americans. While you can use any oil for this tactic, coconut oil is a popular choice that tastes delicious and offers other health benefits. To perform oil pulling, squish some oil around your mouth and allow it sit for roughly 15 minutes. This process removes many types of harmful bacteria around your mouth and is shown to improve overall oral health and hygiene.
5) Lemon, Orange, or Banana Peels
This harmless trick still needs some scientific studies to back up it’s validity, although people who have done this seem to notice a positive difference. Simply rub a lemon, orange, or banana peel on your teeth for about 2 minutes and wash your mouth with water afterwards. The peels of these fruits contain citric acid, which helps whiten your teeth. Similar to the previously mentioned apple cider vinegar tactic, don’t use this trick too often as the acidity could weaken tooth enamel over time.
6) Quit Smoking
As we’ve already written an article on how smoking negatively impacts oral health, this tactic should come as no surprise. A primary indicator of “smoker’s teeth” is stained yellow teeth. When you light a cigarette and inhale, your gums and teeth are a primary point of contact for smoke. This exposure results in discoloration as well as nicotine and tar build up on your teeth, giving you plaque that is hard to floss or brush away.
7) Maintaining Optimal Oral Hygiene
Good oral hygiene will always remain the best method to keeping your teeth bright and white. Flossing removes bacteria that could harden into plaque, which could otherwise leave your teeth looking dark. While brushing gently rubs out stains from the surface of your teeth. Regularly flossing and brushing dramatically improves the coloring of your teeth over time.
Maintaining White Teeth
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