According to Beverly Hills-based dentist, Arthur Glosman “A smile can be very inviting—having a whiter smile is engaging and exciting”. Smiles are a treasured and indispensable part of life, and for you to have the confidence to freely give it out depends on how good your teeth looks! Clean white teeth go a long way to boost our facial look and self-confidence, especially in the public. Some of us never had that white glow, while some others had it but are gradually losing it, (what we commonly refer to as “it was white”). It’s actually one of the things that give concern, when you notice that your teeth are turning brownish or yellowish. However, you don’t need to worry so much because we are here with good tidings of great joy. Here are very easy ways readily available to you right there in your home to help you achieve that long cherished white set of teeth:
1. Replace Your Toothbrush Every Three Months
Before we go on to other remedies, let’s start with that major “teeth implement”, the toothbrush. Some of us are not aware that the condition of our toothbrush has a lot to do with the condition of our teeth. Once the bristles of your tooth brush are bent in different directions, its calling for change! The ideal duration for using a particular tooth brush is three months. If you keep to this rule, you have taken the first and simplest step towards maintaining a set of clean, healthy and sparkling teeth.
2. Rinse or Brush Your Teeth After Meals
The second simple but very helpful tip to having those cherished white set of teeth is by cleaning your teeth after each meal. Depending on what you ate, you may need just a rinse or a thorough brushing. Some foods are very good at discoloring the teeth, especially, beverages like coffee, red wine, etc. But note that it is recommended to wait for few minutes after meals before brushing. This is because some food substances contain acid which softens the enamel and wears it off if you brush immediately. Rinse your mouth thoroughly after taking acidic fruits, especially the ones belonging to the citrus family.
3. Eat Raw Fruits and Vegetables on a Daily Basis
Raw fruits and veggies are natural teeth cleaners. They help to whiten your teeth, as well as promote healthy gums and increase blood flow. Try eating apples, strawberries, celery or carrots to scrub your teeth clean and eliminate bad breath. Crunchy fruits and vegetables enhance saliva production and fight tooth plaques. Acidic fruits, especially, the citrus family also help to remove stains. Also, their high levels of vitamin C help to kill off odor-causing bacteria and strengthen your gums.
4. Try Coconut Oil Rinse – Oil Pulling
Coconut oil rinsing, or ‘oil pulling,’ removes bacteria, stains and plaque from your teeth. All you will need is a tablespoon of natural coconut oil to do the trick. Here is how it works: before you brush your teeth, scoop out a tablespoon or a little less (depending on the size of your mouth) of coconut oil. You can either soften it, or just put it in your mouth (I usually do the latter, and just let it soften.) Push, swish, and “pull” the oil through and around your mouth for up to 20 minutes, then rinse with water, and follow-up by brushing your teeth. Coconut oil contains lauric acid which can rid your teeth of bacteria found in plaque that can make them yellow. Also, coconut oil has antimicrobial properties so it’s great for your gums as well.
5. Use Activated Charcoal
This old home remedy for stains hardly occurs to a lot of people. Maybe it’s because of the color which is a direct opposite of whiteness. If we can use charcoal to remove stains from other household utensils, then don’t you think it can do something similar for your teeth? Charcoal does wonders when it comes to teeth whitening. You could make use of either a chewing stick or a tooth brush. Just get a moderate quantity of finely ground activated charcoal, wet your brush and dip into your charcoal powder and brush away to obtain whiter, healthier teeth and gums. Another good aspect of this home remedy is that it not only whitens your teeth, it also keeps away germs and gives you a fresher breath, super naturally!
6. Brush Your Teeth With Strawberries
Simply mash-up about four or five strawberries and rub this yummy mixture all over your teeth and leave for about five minutes, or dip your tooth brush into it and brush your teeth thoroughly for about two or more minutes. Don’t forget to rinse thoroughly to prevent the substance from wearing away your enamel.
7. Rinse With Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
ACV is recommended for removing tough stains and plaque from your teeth. You need to take your finger and rub apple cider vinegar on your teeth for 1 minute. Then rinse mouth out with water. Or mix 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup of water. Swish it around in your mouth for 15 to 20 seconds and then spit out. Follow up by brushing your teeth to avoid damage of your enamel. The pH of apple cider vinegar can remove stains from your teeth which helps naturally whiten them.
Are there other teeth whitening remedies you are aware of or that worked for you? Please do well to share your knowledge or experiences with us below.