The trend for a whiter, brighter smile is not new. And there are new ways to accomplish this goal popping up daily. When you visit your grocery store’s toothpaste isle – you’ll see a vast array of products offering more than just fresh breath and fewer cavities.
And while there are dozens of factors that can cause teeth to become dull, stained and lose their sparkle, many of us worry if the chemicals and abrasives found in tooth whitening products can cause damage to our tooth enamel.
Never fear – because “mother” knows best! Below are several natural whitening methods that you might like to try:
Strawberries contain malic acid. This acid is a natural astringent that acts as a bleaching agent. Mash them up and leave them on our teeth for 5 minutes – then rinse, brush and floss. They also contain vitamin C which is shown to aid in plaque removal.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
The acetic acid in this vinegar kills bacteria and cleans your teeth and mouth. But, do not use this product everyday as it may erode your tooth enamel. It’s best used as a mouthwash diluted with water…and rinse with plain water afterwards.
The fibrous cellulose found in the uncooked version acts like a natural toothbrush and the high water content stimulates saliva which is a naturally-occurring mouth cleaner.
YOGURT, MILK and CHEESE
It is believed that the proteins bind to your teeth and help prevent cavities. Hard cheese is good for whitening teeth since
they remove particles while chewing and since all are colorless, there’s no chance of staining!
The vitamin A found in this vegetable stimulates saliva and can help strengthen tooth enamel.
An enzyme called bromelain helps separate plaque from the tooth’s surface and acts as a stain remover.
This herb is a natural antibiotic and helps prevent the formation of cavities
Shiitake mushrooms are filled with lentainan. This type of sugar curbs the formation of plaque.
You might have heard of “oil pulling” as a way to whiten your teeth. “Pulling” is a term used to describe when a tablespoon of
sesame, sunflower or coconut oil is held in the mouth for 20 minutes while you “pull” the oil back and forth between and around your teeth allowing for absorption of the oil’s nutrients, and kills bacteria that over time yellows the teeth.
While found in some toothpastes, you can also just pour a little in your hand, wet your toothbrush and brush normally.. The
mild abrasive helps scrub away stains. Additionally, this method creates an alkaline environment in your mouth which will prevent bacteria growth. It is safe to brush with baking soda a couple of times a week and over time, you should notice a whiter smile.
Remember, the best way to avoid a dingy smile is to limit staining food and drink. You don’t have to give them up – just drink from a straw when you can and brush soon after consuming things like tea, coffee, red wine, soda and dark berries. Also get
plenty of calcium and limit sugars.
We don’t even need to talk about smoking, correct?!