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HOW TO WHITEN YOUR TEETH

By Must4care


TEETH WHITENING •

In 2015, Americans alone spent over $11 billion on teeth whitening, including over $1.4 billion on at-home whitening products.

There are plenty of products to choose from when it comes to whitening your teeth.

However, most whitening products use chemicals to bleach your teeth, which concerns many people.

If you want whiter teeth, but also want to avoid the chemicals, then this article lists many options that are both natural and safe.


WHAT CAUSES TEETH TO LOOK YELLOW? •

There are multiple factors that cause teeth to become dull and lose their bright, white sparkle.

Certain foods can stain your enamel, which is the outermost layer of your teeth. Additionally, plaque build-up on your teeth can cause them to look yellow.

This type of discoloration can usually be treated with regular cleaning and whitening remedies.

However, sometimes teeth look yellow because the hard enamel has eroded away, revealing the dentin underneath. Dentin is a naturally yellow, bony tissue that lies underneath the enamel.

Here are 7 simple ways you can naturally whiten your teeth.


1.

TRY OIL PULLING

Oil pulling is a traditional Indian folk remedy meant to improve oral hygiene and remove toxins from the body.

The practice involves swishing oil around in your mouth to remove bacteria, which can turn into plaque and cause your teeth to look yellow.

Traditionally, Indians used sunflower or sesame oil for oil pulling, but any oil will work.

Coconut oil is a popular choice because it has a pleasant taste and offers many additional health benefits.

Coconut oil is also high in lauric acid, which is known for its ability to reduce inflammation and kill bacteria.

A few studies have shown that daily oil pulling effectively reduces bacteria in the mouth, along with plaque and gingivitis.


2.

BRUSH WITH BAKING SODA

Baking soda has natural whitening properties, which is why it's a popular ingredient in commercial toothpaste.

It's a mild abrasive that can help scrub away surface stains on teeth.

Additionally, baking soda creates an alkaline environment in your mouth, which prevents bacteria from growing.

This is not a remedy that will whiten your teeth overnight, but you should notice a difference in the appearance of your teeth over time.

Science has not yet proven that brushing with plain baking soda will whiten your teeth, but several studies show that toothpaste with baking soda has a significant whitening effect.


3.

USE HYDROGEN PEROXIDE

Hydrogen peroxide is a natural bleaching agent that also kills bacteria in your mouth.

In fact, people have been using hydrogen peroxide for years to disinfect wounds because of its ability to kill bacteria.

Many commercial whitening products contain hydrogen peroxide, although at a much higher concentration than you will use.

Unfortunately, there aren't any studies to show the effects of rinsing or brushing with hydrogen peroxide alone, but several studies have analyzed commercial toothpastes containing peroxide.

One study found that a toothpaste containing baking soda and 1% hydrogen peroxide led to significantly whiter teeth


4.

USE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

Apple cider vinegar has been used for centuries as a disinfectant and natural cleaning product.

Acetic acid, which is the main active ingredient in apple cider vinegar, effectively kills bacteria. The antibacterial property of vinegar is what makes it useful for cleaning your mouth and whitening your teeth.

One study performed on cow teeth found that apple cider vinegar does have a bleaching effect on teeth. However, they also found that vinegar may soften the teeth.

The acetic acid in vinegar has the potential to erode the enamel on your teeth. For this reason, you should not use apple cider vinegar every day. You should also limit the amount of time that apple cider vinegar is in contact with your teeth.


5.

USE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

A diet high in fruits and vegetables may be good for both your body and your teeth.

While they're no substitute for brushing your teeth, crunchy, raw fruits and vegetables can help rub plaque away as you chew.

In particular, strawberries and pineapple are two fruits that have been claimed to help whiten your teeth.


6.

PREVENT TOOTH STAINS BEFORE THEY HAPPEN

Your teeth naturally yellow as you age, but there are some things you can do to prevent stains on your teeth.

Limit Staining Foods and Beverages •

Limit Sugar in Your Diet •

Coffee, red wine, soda and dark berries are infamous for staining teeth.

If you want whiter teeth, cut back on your sugar intake.

Get Plenty of Calcium in Your Diet •

Some tooth discoloration is caused by enamel eroding away and exposing the dentin underneath, which is yellow in color. Therefore, anything you do to strengthen the enamel of your teeth will help keep your teeth pearly white.


7.

DON'T UNDERESTIMATE THE VALUE OF BRUSHING AND FLOSSING

While some tooth discoloration comes naturally with age, it is largely a result of plaque build-up.

Regular brushing and flossing can help your teeth stay white by reducing bacteria in your mouth and preventing plaque build-up.

Toothpaste gently rubs out stains on your teeth, and flossing removes bacteria that lead to plaque.

Regular dental cleanings can also help your teeth stay clean and white.


How to Get Rid of Yellow Stain on Teeth and Glow Like a Diamond in 7 ways  

Tooth whitening lightens teeth and helps to remove stains and discoloration. Whitening is among the most popular cosmetic dental procedures...

How to Get Rid of Yellow Stain on Teeth and Glow Like a Diamond in 7 ways  

Tooth whitening lightens teeth and helps to remove stains and discoloration. Whitening is among the most popular cosmetic dental procedures...

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