When both genders and polled about what they look for in a prospective partner, a nice smile is as popular a choice as any. There is no denying that a confident and radiant smile filled with white teeth can make one appear attractive, clean and healthy. Truth be told, some people regardless of regular brushing, flossing and healthy eating can never seem to achieve the white smile they covet. Although available, over the counter and dentist assisted whitening procedures can be anything from expensive, difficult to implement or worse provide side effects including reduced enamel and tooth sensitivity.
As with most things, the more natural the means of achieving a whiter smile the better. With this in mind, today’s post outlines 6 ways that you can naturally whiten your teeth.
Brush Quickly After Eating and Drinking
This one goes beyond the standard recommendation of brushing upon waking and before going to bed. Although not easy if you can find a way to brush your teeth following each meal and when drinking coloured beverages; particularly coffee, tea and colas. This habit doesn’t allow potential staining agents to wreak their havoc as they are simply brushed away before doing damage.
Use Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide
We have touched on the benefits of brushing with baking soda in a previous post. Baking soda is a mild base that is also abrasive meaning that it scrubs away and oxidizes built up plaque and staining while also neutralizing the existing pH balance of the mouth. As you know, acidity released by bacteria is what causes cavities, making baking soda a far more valuable ally than a simple stain remover. Hydrogen peroxide in combination with baking soda acts as an anti-bacterial helping create a cleaner and healthier mouth.
Coconut oil has long been touted as a means of lowering cholesterol as well as conditioning skin and hair, but could it also be a means to a whiter smile? It turns out that people and limited research have shown promising results when using coconut oil specifically for your teeth. It turns out that adding a few drops to your toothbrush, swishing it around in your mouth following brushing (5 to 20 minutes depending on the time you have available) and even rubbing it on your teeth with a clean cloth can all visibly improve the whiteness of your teeth. Always opt for virgin, cold pressed, organic coconut oil.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Here we have another popular health food that seems to have an endless list of positive effects. Adding a very slight amount of apple cider vinegar (organic is best) to a toothbrush and brushing your teeth gently aids in breaking up stains caused by coffee and nicotine. As apple cider vinegar is highly acidic, very little (a few drops) should be used on a clean cloth as the liquid can have a negative impact on your enamel. Once you have rubbed your teeth rinse your mouth thoroughly with water and do not expect results for about a month of daily use.
Citrus Fruit Peels
Rubbing citrus fruit peels on your teeth including those of lemons and oranges can aid in breaking down of regular as well as stubborn staining. As with apple cider vinegar, the high acidity of these items make them something that should be used quite sparingly and should be followed up with a good rinse of water. To reiterate, the recommendation here is to rub the peels on your teeth, not the juice or fruit itself.
You could perhaps peg this as one of those extreme celebrity tricks, but if it works why not give it a try? According to Catherine Zeta Jones and her beautiful smile simply mashing four to five strawberries in a bowl and rubbing the mashed fruits on your teeth can aid in whitening them to their full potential. The trick has been attested by several people and was quite recently featured on the now defunct Tyra Banks Show and showed promising results.
As with anything, moderation must be exercised when using any means of whitening teeth, natural or otherwise. Over whitening can lead to lost enamel or create a situation of diminishing results that progressively make the practice less useful and worthwhile. Feel free to consult your dentist before attempting any over the counter whitening and please exercise a lot of caution when dealing with any acidic items mentioned above.
Source: Dr. Axe
Photo: Smile Sensation