Coffee. Tea. Red wine. Three things that are fairly normal for most folks. But they are also three of the top culprits that cause most of us to hide away our less-than-pearly whites. To get whiter teeth, we have a lot of options. And by options, most of us automatically think down the lines of dental procedures and crazy brushing routines.
If you’ve been looking for easier, cheaper, and more natural ways to improve your smile, the 5 ingredients we’ve listed here can help you brighten up that smile, get whiter teeth in no time at all.
Top 5 Ways to Get Whiter Teeth
- Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide
By mixing a small amount of hydrogen peroxide with some baking soda (just enough to form a semi-runny paste) and then brushing your teeth as you normally would, you could make your teeth appear instantly whiter. Since hydrogen peroxide has antibacterial properties, it’ll help ensure a whole-mouth clean.
A word of warning tough: this method should only be used about once a week as to ensure you’re not scrubbing the enamel off your teeth. Enamel doesn’t grow back, and you don’t want to end up with a bigger problem than you started out with.
- Coconut Oil
Oil pulling might sound a little odd, but using coconut oil to whiten your teeth is an actual thing, and it’s something that works amazingly well too. To use this method, all you need to do is wish around a teaspoon of coconut oil in your mouth for 5 to 20 seconds after brushing. You could also add some oil to your toothpaste and brush as normal, or rub the oil onto your teeth using a clean washcloth. Coconut oil is a natural teeth whitener that also boasts antimicrobial properties, which means it takes care of stains and protects your gums in one single shot.
Make sure you spit into the garbage the sink, overtime oil pulling can destroy your plumbing.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar has been used to tone hair and skin, so why not our teeth? If you’re a smoker or a coffee-junkie, this one will work well to remove those tough stains. Using the method requires you to brush your teeth with Apple Cider Vinegar, brushing it again with non-fluoride toothpaste, and then rinsing your mouth after you’re done.
Heads Up: Apple Cider Vinegar is an acid, which means that it can remove the enamel from your teeth if you’re not careful. This method also requires some patience, in some cases, it can take up to one month before you’ll notice any drastic results.
To get a whiter small, mash up about 2 strawberries and then rub the mixture over your teeth. Strawberries are natural teeth whiteners and pose no potential threat to your teeth or gums. It’s one of the tastiest and safest ways of obtaining a sparkling smile.
- Activated Charcoal
We all know that activated charcoal gets rid of impurities, poison, and funky smells, but did you know that it’s a very powerful teeth whitener – here is some proof. If you’re not scared of a temporary black mouth, then this method is sure to put the sparkle back where it belongs in a minute or two. All you need to do is to dip your wet toothbrush into some activated charcoal powder.
Brush with the charcoal for roughly 2 minutes, ensuring you brush in small, circular movements. The trick here is to try and keep the activated charcoal on the toothbrush and in your mouth only because it is messy. After you’re done brushing just spit, rinse and voila! You’ll be left with a mouth that feels cleaner, and the good news is that you can use this method until you get the desired results.
We hope that this post has given you all the info you need to get your teeth back on the white track and up your confidence levels with the results you’ll achieve. As you can see, there’s really no reason why you should be spending thousands of dollars on procedures to whiten your teeth when you can opt to use products that you probably already have in your pantry!
Megan is a DIY health & beauty addict. She’s committed to making her itsy-bitsy apartment chemical free and her diet as unprocessed as possible. You can find her work at Gold Mountain Beauty where she is responsible for the blog, Instagram and Pinterest.