Whiter teeth are a goal for many people. Yellow teeth can detract from your overall appearance, and make you shy about smiling. However, many products that promise to whiten your teeth are expensive and have chemicals that people are wary of putting in their mouths.
However, there are natural alternatives to help whiten your teeth. Regularly brushing and flossing is always helpful, but if you are at the point where your teeth are already yellowed, further steps may be needed. Here are three ways to whiten your teeth without expensive, chemical-filled products:
1) Baking Soda and Water
Mix together baking soda with just enough water to make it a paste-y consistency that will stick to your teeth. You can add a drop of lemon to the mixture if you’d like, but if you do that you should leave the paste on your teeth for no more than a minute in order to protect the enamel from the citric acid. Once you’ve mixed the paste, dry off your teeth and then apply the paste. If you don’t have lemon mixed in you can put the paste on for as long as three minutes before rinsing your mouth.
2) Banana Peels- (Who Knew?)
When you’ve finished your breakfast banana, save a bit of the peel (as long as it’s ripe – yellow, not green and not brown), and rub the inside of the peel on your teeth. Banana peels help because the potassium in the peels is an effective stain remover. When you’re done with the peel, make sure to brush your teeth as usual.
3) Coconut Oil ( I love Coconut Oil)
You can use coconut oil in two ways to whiten your teeth. The first is the oil pulling method, in which you swish around coconut oil in your mouth (while being careful not to swallow!) for a couple of minutes and then spit it out. Doing so removes bacteria that can cause stains. You can also mix coconut oil with mashed peppermint leaves and use it as a paste on your teeth. The lauric acid in the coconut oil will, over time, make your teeth whiter.
Try these remedies before you head to the store for a teeth whitening kit. It might take time, but you will see a difference in your smile. Your wallet will thank you too. Having whiter teeth would be great for all of us. Some people are naturally lucky and have very white teeth. Try these simple tactics and let us know if they worked for you. Send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know if any of these worked for you.
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