Home remedies for whiter, brighter teeth

A recent report says, “about 18 percent of people generally hide their teeth in photos.” Many of them are embarrassed due to the yellow appearance of their teeth.

Having white, bright, lustrous teeth is a matter of great concern. Consequently, the number of people using whitening pastes and white strips for oral care is increasing day by day. One of the first things that people notice are your teeth. They are a sign of health and confidence. While making the first impression, most of the people worry about having crooked, aged or discolored teeth. It can make other people feel that you don’t actually care about yourself.

Who doesn’t want a beautiful smile with sparkling, white teeth? But what is the best way to whiten your teeth?

Some people have stained teeth, no matter how many times they brush their teeth. This may be due to their habits like drinking tea or coffee or smoking. Sometimes brown or yellow teeth point to a larger problem such as thinning enamel, unhealthy gums, and overall poor dental hygiene. However, whitening the teeth alone won’t help in the protection of the teeth or gums from cavities or diseases like gingivitis.

There are several home remedies that help naturally whiten your teeth and also improve your overall oral hygiene. It includes the kind of toothpaste you use including regular brushing and flossing, using hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, coconut oil pulling, and using products like apple cider vinegar. They not only whiten your teeth naturally but also pose benefits like antiseptic and antibacterial protection.

Baking soda and Hydrogen peroxide paste 

What to do: Create a thin paste by mixing one teaspoon of baking soda with hydrogen peroxide in a small dish. Then by using a soft toothbrush apply the paste to teeth and gently brush for 2 minutes. Rinse and then brush with regular toothpaste.

Why this works: Hydrogen peroxide is the bleach commonly used in commercial teeth-whitening products. It bleaches stains from teeth to restore their natural white color. Baking soda is mildly coarse which helps gently remove surface stains and thicken the peroxide so that it can stay on the surface of the tooth longer.

Turmeric powder paste 

What to do: Prepare a paste by mixing a teaspoon of organic turmeric powder with water in a small dish, then apply it to your teeth and gently brush for 2 minutes. Be careful not to spatter as it can stain!  Rinse it with water and brush with regular toothpaste.

Why this works: Turmeric powder is a gentle abrasive which can remove surface stains to expose whiter teeth.  Turmeric is anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial naturally which makes it a good choice for dental care.

Hydrogen peroxide swish 

What to do: Brush your teeth with regular toothpaste. Mix 2 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide with ½ cup of water and swish in your mouth for 1 minute. Then brush and rinse with water for the removal of hydrogen peroxide. Repeat it daily until you see whiter, brighter teeth.

Sea salt and Baking soda paste

What to do: Make a thin paste by mixing a ½ teaspoon of sea salt with a teaspoon of baking soda also add a bit of water in a dish. Then use a soft toothbrush to apply it to your teeth and brush for 2 minutes. After that rinse and brush with regular toothpaste.

Why this works: Baking soda and salt are mild abrasive which easily remove surface stains from your teeth.

Coconut oil pulling

What to do: Place a tablespoon of organic coconut oil in the mouth and swirl it around your mouth for 5-20 minutes. Rise and then sprinkle clean, moist toothbrush with baking soda and brush your teeth and rinse.

Why this works: Oil pulling is an ancient technique for the removal of plaque and bacteria exposing to obtain whiter, brighter teeth. Coconut oil is naturally antibacterial and can help to reduce gum disease and gently buff away surface stains.

Activated charcoal brush

What to do: Wet toothbrush and then sprinkle it with food grade activated charcoal powder and brush for 2 minutes. Use it carefully to avoid spatter because it can stain!  Rinse with water and brush with regular toothpaste.

Why this works: Activated charcoal whitens your teeth by absorbing plaque and other tooth-staining substances, leaving brighter and cleaner teeth.

Lemon juice and Baking soda paste

What to do: Make a thin paste by mixing a teaspoon of lemon juice with enough baking soda. Then use a soft toothbrush to apply to your teeth and brush for 2 minutes. After rinsing with water brush with regular toothpaste for removing lemon juice.

Why this works: Lemons act as a natural bleach for stains on teeth as they are high in citric acid. Baking soda is mildly rough which buffs away surface stains and thickens the lemon juice so that it stays longer on the teeth.

Lemon or Orange peel and salt rub

What to do: Sprinkle the white side of an orange or lemon peel with sea salt and gently rub a small piece on your teeth for 2 minutes. Rinse and brush with baking soda or toothpaste to remove any citrus residue.

Why this work: The white part of a citrus peel is rich in D-limonene. It is a substance used in the commercial teeth whitening products. Salt can remove surface stains easily as it is naturally abrasive.

Homemade whitening toothpaste with essential oils 

What to do: Create toothpaste by mixing an equal amount of organic coconut oil and baking soda with some drops of spearmint essential oil, peppermint oil, or cinnamon bark oil. Brush teeth twice a day.

Why this works: Coconut oil and sodium bicarbonate are a powerful plaque-removing combination which is naturally antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. The mixture of mint oil gives an appealing flavor.

Strawberry and Baking soda paste 

What to do: Crush and stir a large strawberry with ½ teaspoon of baking soda until it becomes smooth and well blended. Then spread this mixture onto your teeth and wait for 5 minutes. Rinse and then brush with toothpaste or baking soda to remove any berry residue.

Why this works:  Strawberries contain the large amount of malic acid which is largely used in commercial teeth whitening products to get rid of surface stains. Baking soda is gently abrasive which helps buff away discoloration.

Banana peel rub

What to do: On your teeth, gently rub a small piece of the inside of banana peel for two minutes. Rinse and brush your teeth with regular toothpaste or baking soda to remove all banana residues.

Why this works: The high level of minerals like magnesium, manganese, and potassium present in the peel is easily absorbed into the teeth and help to whiten your smile.

Final Verdict

There are numerous other, natural methods which help to whiten your teeth. Many of these remedies work by gently removing surface stains from your teeth. However, most dentists suggest whitening treatments that may be effective than these natural remedies. They include bleaching the teeth which could be more effective for severe tooth discoloration. Over whitening products, though effective, are expensive and can cause sensitivity of teeth.

For those who want to brighten up their smile and keep away the stains, the home remedies mentioned above will surely work wonders.These remedies can restore your smile naturally and also cost-effectively. But in extreme cases, professional whitening treatments must be used.

Areeba Hussain

Areeba is an independent medical and healthcare writer. For the last three years, she is writing for Tophealthjournal. Her prime areas of interest are diseases, medicine, treatments, and alternative therapies. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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