Smart Smile: Natural Ways to Improve Your Teeth’s Whiteness
As we age, our teeth become discolored. Genetics, the food and beverages we consume, and smoking also play a part in teeth discoloration. However, you don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on chemical teeth whitening products to brighten your smile. Try using these natural teeth whitening remedies instead.
Baking Soda and Lemon Juice
Baking soda and lemon juice is one of the most popular natural teeth whitening solutions. Baking soda is abrasive and can scrub away surface stains, making your teeth appear whiter and lemon juice acts as a natural bleach. It is recommended that you only use baking soda and lemon juice once a week due to the acidity in lemon juice. Using it too often can break down your enamel. In a small bowl, mix several teaspoons of baking soda with enough lemon juice to make a paste. Use a toothbrush to apply the paste to your teeth, and leave it on for one minute. Do not leave the paste on for more than one minute or the acid in the lemon juice will begin to erode your enamel. Thoroughly rinse out your mouth or brush your teeth afterward. Alternatively, you can mix the baking soda with water to make a paste. If you use water, you can leave the paste on your teeth for up to three minutes before rinsing it off.
Coconut oil has been credited with having the ability to reduce inflammation, boost the immune system, improve memory, increase metabolism, improve digestion, and increase energy. Coconut oil can also be used as a natural teeth whitener. Oil pulling with coconut oil cleanses your mouth of bacteria and helps keep your gums healthy. Place one tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth, preferably in the morning before you brush your teeth, and swish it around for five to 20 minutes. Spit the coconut oil out when you are finished, and rinse your mouth out with water before brushing your teeth.
Eat Crunchy Fruits and Vegetables
Most crunchy fruits and vegetables are abrasive enough to clean tooth surfaces without damaging your enamel in the process. Crunchy fruits and vegetables also increase saliva flow, which helps remove stains. Additionally, most crunchy fruits and vegetables contain vitamin A and iron, which can strengthen teeth. Strawberries and apples contain malic acid, which acts as a natural teeth whitener as well.
Get Regular Dental Cleanings
There are many benefits of getting regular dental cleanings, such as lowering your risk of heart disease and stroke, preventing cavities, and whitening your teeth. Dental cleanings at places like Advanced Dentistry of St. Charles can remove stains caused by drinking coffee, tear, or wine and smoking. Dental cleanings are recommended every six months as part of a good oral hygiene routine.
Natural teeth whitening methods may take longer to work than commercial teeth whitening products, but they are effective. If you want a brighter smile, don’t spend hundreds of dollars on chemical products. Try one or more of these natural solutions instead.
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