Virtually everyone wants a bright white smile, and with the right approach, it is possible to obtain one naturally. Looking for natural ways to whiten that smile? Take a look at these five ideas:
1. Stop flirting with stains
Unfortunately, some of your most favourite foods may be giving your smile stains. To make your teeth white naturally, it may be better to be proactive rather than reactive. To that end, cut down on staining foods and beverages.
Replace coffee and tea with water or juice, replace wine with colourless cocktails, and replace cigarettes with a hobby like knitting.
2. Grab the crunchy veggies
Veggies do not necessarily whiten your teeth, but they do help to remove plaque and bacteria, helping your smile to be healthier, less prone to decay and ultimately whiter. As you chew, crunchy veggies break into small pieces with abrasive edges that essentially scrape bacteria and plaque off your teeth.
They also invigorate your salivary reflex, increasing the amount you sallow, and that also helps to wash away bacteria or other darkening, decay-causing substances.
3. Eat a cheese plate
Cheese, because it is light-coloured, also does not stain your teeth, and when you eat cheeses that are extra high in calcium, such as gruyere and colby, you strengthen your teeth. Stronger teeth resist decay and thus stay white. They are also less likely to experience trauma that can cause nerve damage and dead teeth – dead teeth are dark in colour.
4. Make a natural whitening paste
The options above are an effective way to whiten teeth, but they all take time to work. Unlike treatments for professional whitening, they do not yield immediate results.
However, if you want your teeth to be whiter faster, you can make a homemade natural whitening paste. Mix hydrogen peroxide and baking soda until it forms a paste. Rub the paste on your teeth, let it sit for a few minutes and then rinse.
The abrasive baking soda cleans the teeth, and the peroxide bleaches and kills germs.
5. Rinse with apple cider vinegar
In addition to using the natural paste described above, you can also make a rinse out of apple cider vinegar. Vinegar is acidic so it essentially burns stains and debris off your teeth. If you have ever cleaned a floor or a toilet with vinegar, you know how effective it can be. It has the same basic effect on your teeth.
To create a rinse, mix one part water and one part apple cider vinegar. Then, rinse, gargle, move it through your mouth over your teeth, and spit it out. For more information, contact a business such as Dental Care @ Bentons.