Sure, you head to the dentist every six months for a cleaning, floss every night (right?!), brush twice a day and generally look after the health of your teeth but what about keeping them nice and white? We all probably wish our pearly whites were just a little bit whiter. Indulging in a glass of wine, cup of coffee or pot of tea can really take the shine off over the years.
Of course, you can head to the dentist for a super-expensive teeth whitening treatment or grab a box of teeth whitening strips at the drugstore but we have to wonder: are teeth whitening strips safe? The answer seems to be a resounding no.
The bleaching agents in those over-the-counter strips have been known to cause uneven bleaching, gum erosion, toothaches, brittle teeth and can wear away your incredibly important and healthy tooth enamel.
And is it possible to restore tooth enamel? Unfortunately- it’s not. Once it’s gone, it’s gone for good which is why it’s so important to protect your teeth!
Also, if you’re wondering if acidic foods (lemons, oranges, limes) cause tooth enamel erosion, they do! So when you’re doing your own natural teeth whitening research, steer clear of any methods that recommend those foods as whitening agents!
Now that we’ve gotten the bad news out of the way - let’s talk solutions! There are many different methods of safe, natural and effective ways to naturally whiten your teeth that won’t erode your enamel and will still give you noticeable results.
Below you’ll find five of our favorite home remedies to naturally whiten your teeth!
After regular charcoal is heated over high heat in the presence of gas, it becomes activated charcoal, which is imbued with tiny pores that are natural toxin-filters. In other words, activated charcoal is an incredible resource to whiten teeth! Make a paste with a small amount of powder mixed with water and brush onto your teeth and let sit for 5 minutes before rinsing. It will naturally lift surface stains off your teeth after just one use.
Coconut oil is a miracle product, we all know that! But did you know it can be used to help strengthen your oral health and natural whiten your teeth? Oil pulling is a 3,000 Ayurvedic practice to maintain a healthy mouth.
It can be off-putting at first, but the premise is simple. Place a tablespoon of coconut oil on your tongue and let it melt. Here comes the tricky part: you have to swish the melted oil in your mouth for 30 minutes (every day if possible!). 30 minutes is definitely a long time but that’s the time it takes to fully allow the toxin-killing properties of the oil to kill the bad germs in your mouth and gently lift the surface stains off your teeth.
While you need to be careful of how often you use baking soda to whiten your teeth because of its natural abrasiveness, it is still an incredibly effective and easy way to make your teeth whiter. Try using it only once or twice a week; just mix a small pinch with water to make a paste and brush onto your teeth. Let sit for a couple minutes before rinsing.
In addition to whitening your teeth, apple cider vinegar can help fight bad breath and promote healthy gums. Since it has mild abrasive qualities and an acidic pH balance, ACV is another method to use sparingly. Try gargling two parts water with one part ACV for a minute once a week at first. If you don’t see results, you can up the frequency to twice a week (but don’t go more than that!).
It may seem counterintuitive to spread a super-staining yellow paste all over your teeth to get them whiter, but turmeric is an incredibly effective natural teeth whitening agent. While the reasons why may be unclear, the results are obvious.
Mommypotamus saw a difference in her teeth after just one application! To use turmeric for teeth whitening, simply wet your toothbrush and dip it into a bit of turmeric powder. Brush your teeth as usual but let the paste sit on your teeth for approximately five minutes before rinsing and following up with your normal toothpaste.
Hopefully after reading our list of home remedies to naturally whiten your teeth, you have seen the (white) light and want to give them a try! You probably have over half the ingredients in your kitchen right now so what are you waiting for? A brighter, whiter smile is waiting just beyond your pantry doors.