Many of us want pearly whites, but they are not easy to achieve.
Professional teeth whitening can be really expensive.
Changes in the color of your teeth can be subtle and happen gradually.
Teeth may appear more yellow or darker as you age, but Health line We have put together seven alternatives to conventional methods.
It is important to be careful with whitening at home because it can damage your teeth if the products are used incorrectly or for too long.
It can wear down the enamel too much, putting you at risk for sensitivity and tooth decay.
1. Make sure you brush your teeth properly
Brush your teeth more frequently, especially after consuming food and drinks that can lead to yellow teeth.
Take care when brushing immediately after consuming acidic foods and drinks, as brushing immediately can cause acids to remove more enamel and cause erosion.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day for 2 minutes at a time, making sure to get into all the cracks and crevices. Brush your teeth gently in a circular motion to make sure you protect your gums.
Brushing with a whitening toothpaste has also been scientifically proven to whiten your smile.
Using an electric toothbrush can be more effective in removing superficial stains.
2. Use baking soda and hydrogen peroxide
Using a paste made from baking soda and hydrogen peroxide is said to remove plaque buildup and bacteria to remove stains.
Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 2 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide to make a paste.
Rinse your mouth thoroughly with water after brushing with this paste. You can also use the same proportion of ingredients to make a mouthwash or try baking soda with water.
3. Extraction of coconut oil
This is said to remove plaque and bacteria from the mouth, which helps whiten teeth. Always buy a high quality organic oil that does not contain harmful ingredients.
Put 1 to 2 teaspoons of liquid coconut oil in your mouth for 10 to 30 minutes. Don’t let the oil touch the back of your throat. Do not swallow the oil as it contains toxins and bacteria from your mouth.
Rinse your mouth with water and drink a full glass of water, then brush your teeth.
4. Apple cider vinegar
This can be used in very small amounts to whiten teeth.
Make a mouthwash by mixing 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with 6 ounces of water. Shake the solution for 30 seconds. Then rinse with water and brush your teeth.
It should be noted that it has the potential to cause damage to the hardness and surface structure of the teeth, so use it with caution.
5. Lemon, orange or banana peels
Rubbing the lemon, orange, or banana peels on your teeth can make them whiter. The compound d-limonene and citric acid, found in some citrus peels, is believed to help whiten teeth.
Gently rub the fruit peels on your teeth for about 2 minutes. Be sure to rinse your mouth thoroughly and brush your teeth afterward.
6. Activated carbon
You can use activated carbon to remove stains from your teeth. Carbon is believed to be able to remove pigments and stains from teeth because it is highly absorbent.
It can also eliminate bacteria and toxins in the mouth.
There are toothpastes that contain activated carbon and claim to whiten teeth.
Open an activated charcoal capsule and place the contents on your toothbrush.
Gently brush your teeth using small circles for 2 minutes. If your teeth are sensitive or you want to limit carbon abrasion, you can apply it to your teeth. Let it act for 2 minutes.
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7. Eat fruits and vegetables with higher water content.
Eating raw fruits and vegetables with a high water content is said to keep your teeth healthy. The water content is believed to clean teeth and gums from plaque and the bacteria that lead to yellow teeth.
Chewing on crunchy fruits and vegetables at the end of a meal can increase saliva production.
This can help remove food particles that are trapped in the teeth and remove harmful acids.