Hollywood smiles remain the rage. White. Dazzling. Attractive. But for the average consumer, a Hollywood budget falls out of reach. Plus, the chemicals applied to and put in the body concern us. Fortunately, teeth whitening can occur without chemicals or astronomical cost. See which of the following five ways to whiten teeth without chemicals works for you.
Teeth whitening begins with good dental hygiene and diet considerations. Brushing and flossing two to three times daily plays a primary role in tooth health and whiteness. An electric toothbrush helps in the process by cleaning more thoroughly and even gently removing some stains. Think of this tool as a mini dentist visit in the comfort of home.
Brushing or rinsing after eating, especially color rich foods such as blueberries, reduces staining. Even a quick swish of water after a snack or meal helps to remove staining agents. While not a food, cigarette smoking also results in yellowing teeth.
Crunchy fruits and vegetables act like a toothbrush each time you bite. Apples, carrots and celery remove food particles, bacteria and surface stains from teeth. Gentle abrasion from the texture and the natural acids within, particularly in apples, whiten teeth. Plus, these vitamin and mineral packed food choices promote general tooth health for a brighter smile.
Avoiding staining agents in foods helps as well. Coffee, tea, red wine, tomatoes and blueberries contain tannins, which threaten to discolor your smile. White wine does not stain, but the tannins and acidic nature of the drink open the door for other staining agents to have greater impact. Be sure to follow the above dental hygiene suggestions if you choose to consume these foods.
Through gentle abrasion, baking soda removes surface stains on everything, including teeth. While you can simply brush with a water-soda paste, other natural additives as mixing agents increase the whitening effects of baking soda. Hydrogen peroxide works as a cleaner for the whole mouth. The antibacterial properties of this pharmacy product fight bacteria promoting a whiter smile and healthy gums. No greater than a three percent solution should be used to prevent damage to the mouth. Lemon juice also works well as a mixing agent. The reaction of baking soda and the citrus in this fruit brightens smiles. One caution remains: Overuse of baking soda breaks down tooth enamel. Therefore, this remedy should be used no more than once per week.
Coconut oil rises to fame in the health and beauty world. Known for its effectiveness in combating bacteria, this oil promotes a healthy and thereby whiter smile by removing bacteria and plaque from teeth. Bacteria work against tooth health and unhealthy plaque build up yellows teeth, not to mention its damaging effects. Oil pulling detoxifies the mouth in a 20 minute vigorous swish daily. Not only does the swish leave your teeth whiter, the antimicrobial properties of this remedy fight gum disease.
Strawberries, lemons and oranges, even bananas boast teeth whitening properties beyond the health of consuming them. Astringent malic acid works to remove surface stains while the strawberry’s potent vitamin C fights plague. Mash the berries into a paste, apply and leave on for five minutes before rinsing. Nightly use for several weeks reveals results. Also, the d-limonene found in orange peels effectively removes stains from teeth. The same stain removing power results from the potassium, magnesium, and manganese in banana peels. Simply rubbing the orange or banana peel across teeth daily for two to three weeks reveals a brighter smile.
The yellow staining power of turmeric may baffle you as a whitening remedy. Even used as a yellow dye for cloth, turmeric stains. Your toothbrush will provide evidence. But, do not let this stop you. The staining power of this powder boasts a reverse effect on teeth. Brushing turmeric on teeth and waiting three to five minutes before rinsing reveals a whiter smile.
Tannins are components in some foods and drinks that stain teeth. Charcoal likes tannins. This remedy works to whiten teeth as the charcoal binds with the tannins and pulls them from tooth surfaces. Applying activated charcoal to your teeth or making a swish with it looks ghastly at first sight. However, once brushed and rinsed away, the tannins, which bind to the charcoal, are washed away as well. Repeated daily for a week and then maintained once per week, the activated charcoal remedy works. One warning: Be sure to purchase medical or food grade charcoal. This product is not the same as the briquets in your backyard grill.
Tooth whiteness varies based on genetics. Aging also brings less sparkle to that smile. For these reasons, not all remedies will reveal the same level of whiteness. However, nonchemical whitening combined with dental hygiene and overall health proves to benefit smiles by removing stains and thereby, brightening smiles.