There are so many products available these days to whiten your teeth, but they can be incredibly pricey. I’ve tried certain methods, but the results never seem to last (which probably also has to do with the amount of coffee I drink). Lately I’ve been looking into remedies that you can try on a regular basis at home, and I’ve found that there are actually quite a few things you can do to keep your teeth clean and sparkly white. Here are 4 things you can try at home to whiten your teeth!
I remember hearing this when I was young and it has stuck with me ever since — and the truth is, it works. Strawberries contain an astringent that aids in the removal of surface stains, and vitamin C, which whitens teeth by clearing away plaque. Strawberries are in season in the summer so take full advantage and keep your fridge stocked with them! When you eat one, take a bite out and then rub the remainder over your teeth.
Crunchy Fruits & Veggies
Crisp, crunchy vegetables like carrots and celery or fruits like apples are also great natural whiteners! They act like a toothbrush as you chew them by removing excess food and bacteria and scrubbing away surface stains. Chewing them also stimulates saliva, your mouth’s natural cleaning method. Carrots also contain vitamin A, which is needed for healthy tooth enamel, and apples contain malic acid, which helps dissolve stains — malic acid is a chemical that happens to be used in many teeth whitening products.
The white part of an orange peel is called the albedo. This part of the orange contains vitamin C and limonene, among other things. Limonene is a natural solvent cleaner that is used in many cleaning products. The peels do not contain any citric acid either, which can harm the enamel of your teeth. Next time you eat an orange, rub the peel over your teeth before you throw it away!
Baking Soda & Hydrogen Peroxide
This last method should be used with caution, because if done too often it can wear at the enamel on your teeth. Combine baking soda with hydrogen peroxide to form a “paste” to brush your teeth with. It may taste unpleasant but it’s extremely effective — and I know it sounds strange to use hydrogen peroxide in your mouth, but it’s actually the bleaching agent used in most teeth whiteners. If you’re thinking about trying out a pricey store-bought method, skip it and try this remedy instead!
What methods do you use to whiten your teeth? Share in the comments!
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