Natural Alternatives For Teeth Whitening

While the state of your teeth can speak volumes about self-care, getting rid of yellow stains on your teeth can be daunting.

Even though teeth whitening products are able to instantly brighten your smile, they can also have adverse effects on the health of both your teeth and your gums as these products often contain harsh chemicals that lead to tooth and gum sensitivity.

Luckily, there are effective ways that you can whiten your teeth at home without the use of potentially harmful products. 

Causes Of Yellowing Teeth

As there are several factors that can lead to yellowing teeth, it is recommended to maintain regular checkups with a skilled dentist to keep your teeth optimally strong and healthy. In addition to dental checkups, you may also need to alter your diet and rid your lifestyle of habits that are harmful to your teeth and your health, such as smoking.

Other common culprits of yellowing teeth that you may be unaware of include drinking coffee and tea as these favoured beverages cause stubborn yellow and brown stains on teeth. There are also certain foods that can cause unsightly yellow teeth, so it would be a great idea to identify foods and cut them from your diet where possible.

However, here is how you can whiten your teeth without the use of harmful products.

Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is an age-old technique used to improve oral health and remove harmful toxins from the body. The technique insists that you should swish certain types of oil, such as coconut oil, in your mouth for a few minutes before rinsing your mouth with water and proceeding with your regular oral hygiene routine.

Coconut oil contains a rich source of lauric acid, which is ideal for killing bacteria and reducing inflammation that could be caused by gum disease. 

Brush Your Teeth With Baking Soda

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Because baking soda contains natural whitening properties, brushing your teeth with this harmless ingredient 3 times a week will lighten and brighten your smile overnight. The mild abrasive properties of baking soda will effectively scrub stubborn yellow stains from your smile without harming your gums. 

Fruits That Can Enhance Oral Health And Strengthen Teeth

Certain fruits, such as apples and strawberries are well-known for their incredible teeth whitening benefits. While these fruits are often a great choice for whitening teeth naturally, they are also crucial for enhancing oral health and improving the strength of your teeth.

Thanks to various beneficial nutrients, eating apples and strawberries regularly is a great way to maintain oral health and avoid gum disease. 

Appropriate Oral Hygiene Routine

Whitening your teeth regularly with home remedies will not be effective if you are neglecting your oral hygiene. Therefore, you should ensure that you are brushing and flossing at least twice per day while also making use of antibacterial mouthwash.

In addition to this, you should replace your toothbrush every three months to avoid bacterial growth that will lead to gum disease. Scraping your tongue clean is also crucial for maintaining oral health and avoiding bad breath.

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BA, MA Psychology (and Conflict Resolution), University of Cambridge (2007). With a decade of trial and error in psychology and 33 years of navigating my own complex (that's one word for it!) relationships with family, friends, co-workers and men, I hope I have some useful knowledge and skills to share with my readers about making sense of relationships and trying to become a better person every day.

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