Teeth discoloration comes with the process of aging. Those porous little chicklets absorb all that coffee and food like a sponge eventually leaving even the most frequent brushes with an off-white tinge.
Thankfully there are a plethora of solutions out there and we’ve got seven natural ones that you don’t even have to go to the dentist for!
1. Eat More Strawberries
They help brighten your teeth due to the fact they are high in an enzyme called malic acid and Vitamin C. This astringent removes the stains that are found in the surface while the Vitamin C gets rid of plaque. All you need to do is crush some strawberries and add it into your teeth brushing ritual once or twice a week will show an increase in whiter teeth. Eating them helps too but if you do make sure you chew them well!
2. Baking Soda & Lemon Juice
This is one of the most common home remedies of teeth whitening without the harsh effects of chemicals. Mixing these two together causes a chemical reaction that brightens the teeth. After mixing, the two should start bubbling so grab a cotton swab and swipe it against your teeth, leaving it on for a minute then brushing the rest off adding it to your daily routine. Just make sure you don’t over do this, since it can wear off your enamel. It is recommended to do this once a week.
3. Eat More Crunchy Fruits and Veggies
Apples, celery, and carrots are just some of the top on the list of foods that are great for whiter teeth. It’s like your own personal toothbrush that helps remove excess particles and bacteria on your teeth. Just like strawberries, apples also contain malic acid that helps remove surface stains.
4. Oil Pulling
A common remedy found in India that is simple and inexpensive. It helps increase oral health & cleanse the body. All you need to do is take one tablespoon of pure & organic oil (hazelnut, coconut etc.) and move it around your mouth for 15-20 minutes, essentially pulling it through the crevices of your teeth. Then rinse and spit out the oil with water followed by drinking 2-3 glasses of water. This method can help you maintain a better oral hygiene and whiter smile.
5. Food grade hydrogen peroxide
This ingredient prevents bacteria growing in the mouth as well as infections and help with bad breathe. This can also be swished around the mouth for a few seconds then spit out to achieve a whiter and healthier mouth.
6. Floss (For real, don’t just say you do)
Next is what most of us lie to our dentist about doing… flossing. The food build up between your teeth can cause stains and flossing twice a day can prevent that from happening. That is just one more reason to get to floss on top of its many other benefits.
7. Use a Straw For Everything But Water!
Drinks like coffee, tea, soda and wine can cause some serious damage to the enamel. Using a straw prevents the liquids from direct exposure to the teeth. This helps your teeth from becoming yellow.