Natural Ways to Whiten Your Teeth

Eating certain foods and improper oral hygiene can leave teeth looking yellow. The yellowness can be from stained enamel or plaque buildup, but each can leave you feeling self-conscious and wishing for pearly whites again. Commercial whitening methods expose your teeth to chemicals and can cause damage with overuse. If you prefer a natural method to whiten your teeth, check out these tips.

Take Preventative Measures First

As already stated, improper oral hygiene can negatively affect your teeth. Not only will they turn yellow, but they will start decaying and forming cavities as well. Before trying methods of whitening, learn to take care of your teeth first. If you have not been to the dentist in a while, go get an in-depth cleaning. Then, start brushing multiple times a day and flossing once a day. This prevents plaque buildup and you will see the difference after you maintain these healthy practices.

Eat a Healthy Diet

Though teeth naturally yellow over time, eating a healthy diet can drastically limit the severity of the discoloration. Limit sugary foods and drinks because sugar can weaken your teeth’s enamel. After you ingest sugary or staining foods, brush your teeth soon afterward to minimize effects. Make sure you have plenty of calcium in your diet too, which is found in foods like milk, cheese, and broccoli.

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Natural Ways to Whiten Your Teeth

Unfortunately, not many scientists have conducted studies to test the effectiveness of using natural products to whiten teeth. Some studies are tied to them though, so we will suggest the two methods that are most likely to be effective.

Brush with Baking Soda

Baking soda is a common ingredient in toothpaste because of its whitening properties. It is slightly abrasive, so it can scrub away stains. Baking soda also an alkaline environment in your mouth, meaning that it prevents bacteria from growing. One study found that toothpaste with baking soda was better at whitening teeth than toothpaste without it, and the higher the concentration, the more effective it is.

To brush with baking soda, mix one part baking soda with one part water to make a paste. Do this a few times a week and you will see results over time.

Use Fruits and Vegetables

Crunchy, raw fruits and vegetables can help remove plaque from your teeth as you chew. Bromelain, an enzyme in pineapple that is also in pineapple, is an effective way of removing stains from teeth. Broccoli, which is rich in calcium, gives nutrients teeth need, but also are great to eat raw to remove plaque. Celery is also good for removing plaque, but it also kills bacteria and has natural whitening qualities.

Other Methods

There are a handful of other methods that some people claim help whiten teeth but still need research to back the claims. One of these methods is oil pulling, which is completely safe and worth a try because there are not any negative side effects. Others claim that hydrogen peroxide and apple cider vinegar whiten teeth, but they could also be harmful if used too much.

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Lacey Jolley
 

I love exploring, experiencing new places, and eating good food! I'm amazed every day at how well the Earth provides for us, and I want to return the favor. I hope to help others learn how we can make our world a better, cleaner place.

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