A bright beautiful smile can improve your appearance and give you more confidence.
The best way to safeguard your smile is by seeing your dentist regularly. Luckily, there are many ways to achieve an all-natural whitening effect between dental visits.
Let’s look at some of the best ways to whiten teeth naturally at home:
1. Brush Your Teeth Daily
The easiest way to whiten your teeth is to be sure you brush them at least twice daily. Brushing your teeth will stop plaque buildup and eliminate substances that cause stains, such as coffee, before they soak into your tooth enamel.
2. Learn to Love Baking Soda
Baking soda toothpaste is popular because of its whitening properties. If you can handle the taste, however, plain baking soda is even more effective. Just mix a single teaspoon of baking soda with two teaspoons of water. Brush your teeth with the resulting brew.
3. Try Hydrogen Peroxide Mouthwash
This natural bleaching agent appears in a wide range of whitening products. However, you can avoid additives by purchasing it directly. It works best when 3% peroxide is mixed with water to create a gentler 1.5% concentration, then used as a mouthwash before brushing.
4. Use Apple Cider Vinegar Mouthwash
Apple cider vinegar has been in use for centuries as a handy disinfectant. Thanks to its high level of acetic acid, it has powerful antibacterial effects. It should be diluted with water and used only a few times a week, since prolonged exposure could erode enamel.
5. Rub Plaque Away Through Your Diet
Some fruits and vegetables have natural cleaning properties that can help you whiten and protect your teeth. Strawberries, papayas, and pineapples are just a few examples. Some crunchy, raw vegetables may also help. Be aware, though, that any results you get will be subtle.
6. Raise Saliva Production
You can naturally increase your saliva production by eating foods like celery, apples, carrots, and pears. Saliva is the mouth’s most effective natural cleaning agent and will help stop new stains from setting in. Chewing gum also does this – and natural varieties are now available.
Most tooth staining is caused by regular consumption of dark-colored beverages like coffee or wine. Some darkening also takes place with age. However, noticeable discoloration can point to dental health problems that need to be addressed.