White teeth make you look younger and healthier, and you can achieve pearly whites naturally without using harsh bleach. Teeth whitening products that bleach the teeth contain peroxide, which causes tooth sensitivity in many people. And the American Dental Association said that not enough long-term information exists regarding the effect of using teeth bleaching products. So get on the natural teeth whitening bandwagon by learning to whiten your teeth the natural way.
1. Eat the Right Foods
Some foods help your teeth from staining. Saliva-producing fruits, such as apples, celery, and raw carrots, help prevent plaque, which stains tend to adhere to, and act as a scrub for your teeth. Fruits with acid, such as oranges and pineapples, produce saliva, and their acidic content helps you maintain good breath. If having white teeth is your goal, take it easy on the blueberries — they tend to stain teeth.
2. Make a Strawberry Paste
I once read that Catherine Zeta Jones brushes her teeth with crushed strawberries to achieve her famous smile. It works because of the malic acid strawberries contain. Mix a mashed strawberry or two with half a teaspoon of baking soda. Apply the paste to your teeth with a toothbrush, and leave it on for five minutes. Rinse it off well. You can do this once or twice a week but no more; the malic acid is too harsh to use more often than that.
3. Apply Activated Charcoal
Activated charcoal (not the charcoal in your barbecue), a product often used to treat poisoning, is one you can use for natural teeth whitening.
- Buy activated charcoal in loose or powder form where you buy natural health products.
- If you buy the capsules, open them to use the powder inside.
- Wet your toothbrush.
- Apply a dab of toothpaste.
- Apply the charcoal.
- Brush your teeth for two minutes.
Don’t be alarmed when your teeth look black and most likely stained. The charcoal pulls stains from the teeth. When you rinse, you should notice an immediate difference.
4. Raid Your Pantry
You’d be surprised at two items that you probably already have in your pantry at home that act as teeth whiteners. Olive oil would be one. Slick on some olive oil after you brush your teeth. You can brush the oil on your teeth using your toothbrush, or you can dab some olive oil on a washcloth, and rub your teeth with it. Apple cider vinegar is another. This works particularly well on coffee and nicotine stains. Brush your teeth daily with apple cider vinegar, and then either brush your teeth or rinse well. You should see whiter teeth in a month’s time.
5. Rinse, Rinse, Rinse
Are you a coffee or tea drinker or a red wine connoisseur? If so, you probably know (or your dental hygienist might have mentioned to you) that those substances stain your teeth. Go ahead and enjoy your favorite beverage, but rinse your mouth for 30 seconds with water when you’re done. Also, if you add a touch of milk or cream to your coffee or tea, it won’t stain your teeth as much.