3 Ways Whiten Teeth

3 Ways To Whiten Your Teeth Naturally

White teeth never go out of style!

However it is a misconception that the shade of one’s teeth is always directly related to one’s level of oral hygiene.

I’ve personally never had super pearly whites even though I’ve oil pulled, used essential oils, ate healthy foods, and used other methods of keeping my mouth and gums healthy. I know plenty of people who live very healthy and active lifestyles and whose teeth are slightly yellow. The food we eat can sometimes stain our teeth over time and with the function that our mouth serves, it’s not realistic to get blindingly white teeth without some kind of interference. Naturally speaking our teeth are not meant to be extremely white. In fact, the mouth is the dirtiest place on the body! However I cannot negate that there is something aesthetically pleasing about seeing your teeth sparkle, and it makes your mouth feel fresh and clean.

With all these new teeth whitening products on the market endorsed by celebrities and toothpaste companies, it is essential to be careful to not damage your teeth with harmful chemicals that can hurt your gums, deteriorate your enamel, and cause sensitivity. So, here are 3 surefire methods to get your teeth whiter without causing any harm to your teeth or gums.

1. Turmeric

Turmeric is the not the preferred color that you would want on your teeth, so it seems counter-intuitive to brush your teeth with this orangy powder. However, turmeric has many wonderful properties that not only make your teeth white, but are good for the gums.

To get whitening results using turmeric, use turmeric powder in combination with water to make a paste and apply to the teeth. Brushing the teeth with the paste will help, however the greatest benefit will come from applying the paste to your teeth and leaving it for twenty minutes. Some people find the taste of turmeric appealing, and others don’t, however it yields great results.

2. Lemon Juice

I’ve heard of some people stopping the use of toothpaste altogether because of all the additives that are just don’t work well for their mouths, and replacing brushing with toothpaste to rubbing a piece of lemon inside of their mouth to achieve really great oral benefits. Though citrus have a deteriorating effect on enamel, it all depends on its use. Some people sip coffee consecutively for an hour, and others juice citrus fruits to make homemade juices. As long as the use of citrus on teeth isn’t constant and excessive, there should be no damage.

To reap the whitening effects of lemon juice, you may mix it with baking soda and apply to the teeth or brush. I find that baking soda eats away at the enamel and I often feel sensitivity after using it. If you have sensitive teeth, you may cut a lemon wedge and run along the teeth and gums for a few minutes. You may also mix lemon juice with water and use it to swish around in your mouth.

3. Activated Charcoal

Again, not the color you want on your teeth. However, though vividly black, charcoal pulls out stains and toxins from your teeth and gums. It is great for oral health and does a super job at whitening teeth without the negative side effect of causing sensitivity. Activated charcoal can be purchased in encapsulated form, and the capsules can be opened up when you are ready to use it.

For a quick whitening with activated charcoal, dip your toothbrush directly in the powder and brush your teeth with it. For a deeper effect, make a paste with activated charcoal and apply to the teeth for twenty minutes.

Happy whitening!
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Image source: Pat David, Licensed by CC, edited to fit the post