There was a time when a sparkling, dazzling smile is something only celebrities could flaunt. But as people turned to their grandmothers’ expert tips, they found ways of teeth whitening in the privacy of their own homes! Yes, it’s true. And these simple teeth whitening recipes have produced desirable results.
So let’s see what these are
What you are about to read now are three tried and tested methods which can give not just white teeth but improve overall dental health. But before that, let’s take a look at the possible causes of why teeth go yellow. This may happen due to genetics, food habits or how well one maintains their oral hygiene. There are some food items that disintegrates the enamel or the outer layer of the teeth, and as that happens, the yellowish dentin underneath surfaces, giving teeth a yellowish tinge.
The most popular natural teeth whitening agent is a paste made of lemon juice and baking soda. Sodium bicarbonate being gently abrasive in nature, erases the surface stains to return teeth its natural white shade. Lemon juice is a natural bleach and therefore great at removing stains. But when coupled with baking soda, its acid content is cut down making the combo one of the most effective homemade remedies for teeth whitening.
Next in line is a scrub made of strawberries, salt and baking soda. Strawberries are rich in Vitamin C, which helps to dissolve plaque which causes a yellowish tinge on teeth. Also the malic acid present in it helps to remove surface stains. Salt works as abrasive, scrubbing away stain-causing ingredients while the baking soda adds an extra touch.
Next in line of home remedies is the coconut oil rinse. While it sounds improbable, coconut oil does help to improve teeth and gum health and the lauric acid in it fights teeth bacteria, giving it an overall healthy shine. In this procedure, all one needs to do is swish the oil in their mouth for several minutes, at least once a week to witness the improved appearance.
Eating crunchy vegetables and fruits also causes teeth to whiten because the chewing helps to remove bacteria and excess food while gently scrubbing the surface of teeth. Using food grade hydrogen peroxide is an effective whitening agent found in our household. It prevents bad breath and bacteria and when swished with water in the mouth for a few minutes, it can give a dazzle parallel to expensive, cosmetic cleaning. Oranges are a great source of Vitamin C and also help to make teeth whiter. Running orange peel on teeth for a minute after dinner every day can produce noticeably whiter teeth. Chewing leaves of the holy basil also whitens teeth because of the chemicals present in it. It’s an effective cure for all periodontal diseases, especially pyorrhoea. Last but not the least, charcoal is an effective cure for teeth whitening. The powerful crystal based chemicals in charcoal gives teeth a diamond like shine when it is mixed with a regular toothpaste and used to brush teeth daily.