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Top 10 Ways To Whiten Teeth At Home

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There are a lot of factors that may contribute to your teeth becoming dull and discoloured. The outermost layer of your teeth, or the ‘enamel,’ gets damaged and stained by the food particles that get stuck in your teeth if you don’t brush them out. And when you start seeing a buildup of plaque, this is when you know your teeth are on their way to turning into the gross yellow colour that you hate so much.

Today, people are trying all sorts of chemicals and dental procedures for teeth whitening. After all, who doesn’t want a bright, pearly smile that ‘lights up the room’? It is important, however, to make sure that you don’t subject your teeth to chemicals that are too strong or procedures that involve risk and danger. There are numerous harm-free, cost-effective, and available-in-your-kitchen ingredients which you can use to obtain the same results you’d get from a dentist or an expensive bleaching kit.

Teeth whitening at home

1. Baking Soda

Baking Soda has to be the number one on our list because it never disappoints. Make a paste of baking soda by mixing it in water. Next, brush your teeth using this paste, but make you keep it to once-a-week only because excess usage of baking soda on the teeth can wear away the enamel.

2. Lemon

lemon for teeth whitening

For an even more efficient result, mix the baking soda with a bit of lime juice. The citrus of lemon juice combines with baking soda to remove all kinds of stains from your teeth. However, if you feel that the acidity is too much for your gums, you know this method is a bit too aggressive for you.

3. Oil Pulling

teeth whitening with oil pulling

Oil Pulling is an old, traditional method used by the South Asians. Any oil can work, so you don’t have to worry too much about finding the right type. Just take a long sip of the oil and keep it in your mouth for a few minutes while you swish it around. This method removes the bacteria and ends up giving you fresher breath and better-looking teeth.

4. Floss Your Teeth

Listen to your dentist; he isn’t joking! Flossing is important, because it removes the stains from between your teeth, and cleans the places your brush is unable to access.

5. Malic Acid And Vitamin C

The best way to obtain these two together is by eating strawberries. You can also try to mash the berries and use their paste to brush your teeth. In any case, you are helping to remove the plaque and stains from your teeth.

6. Go For Straws

Try as much as you can to minimise the contact of harmful drinks and beverages (like coffee, energy drinks, and fizzy drinks) with your teeth. Using straws is the best way to do that.

7. Peels Of Orange

Orange peel for teeth whitening

Unlike baking soda, lemon, and even strawberries, you can use orange peels on a daily basis without any fear of subjecting your teeth to too much aggression. Rub the skins onto your teeth for a few minutes, and the calcium and the vitamin C would do the rest of the work.

8. Salt

You don’t even have to wait for a particular season, or for your next grocery shopping trip. Salt happens to be a permanent resident of our kitchens. Either use it as a tooth powder or simply mix it up with baking soda and water and form a paste. But be careful not to rub too much on your gums!

9. Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen Peroxide mildly bleaches your teeth. So try looking for mouthwashes that include this as their ingredient.

10. Apple Cider Vinegar

teeth whitening apple cider vinegar

The acetic acid in the apple cider vinegar is your best friend because it has antibacterial properties. Dilute the vinegar with water, and use it as a mouthwash. You wouldn’t regret!
It is as important to look healthy and hygienic as it is to be those things. A nice, clean, bright smile, helps to achieve that look. So try these ingredients, because they are cheap and easy to use!

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  • Hi, great tips there. I normally use charcoal for teeth whitening. It works very well if you know how to do it properly. Although brushing your teeth with baking soda can also be quite an effective method too but you have to do it a couple of times to see real changes. Do you think teeth whitening at home is safe though?

    • Hi Polina,

      Yes, charcoal can work great too. Teeth whitening at home safe if you follow the instructions correctly and you do not use any potentially harmful chemical. Hope this helps.