We all love to have white teeth because they look good and are also an indicator that your health is in good shape.
But sometimes, they can discolor. Visiting a dentist for professional teeth whitening can be expensive. If you want to save the cost, here are the best ways to whiten teeth at home. Not only will they save you money, they are also very effective.
Bicarbonate of Soda
This is an old, tried and true natural method of whitening your teeth. Bicarbonate of soda remove stains and is an ingredient in many commercial toothpastes.
To use it, you can either wet your toothbrush and add some bicarbonate of soda to it, or combine the bicarb and hydrogen peroxide.
Whichever option you choose, add it to your toothbrush, and start brushing like normal. Pay more attention to the front enamel of your teeth where you want them to be whitened.
You can also use hydrogen peroxide as a rinse, followed by rinsing with plain water. This will kill bacteria in your mouth and improve your breath at the same time.
Charcoal is another ingredients that can be used to whiten your teeth naturally. You need the powdered form of activated charcoal.
Wet your toothbrush, preferably one used only for this purpose, then dip it into the activated charcoal powder.
Now brush your teeth for 2 minutes like any other day. If you are consistent and do this daily, you will start to notice that your teeth are much whiter.
Coconut Oil Pulling
Coconut oil pulling has been around for a while, and can boost your oral health. It is a type of rinsing with coconut oil, but you work to pull the oil through your teeth. Find out more about it here.
With coconut pulling, you will whiten your teeth. But you will also improve your breath, get rid of bacteria, and clean between your teeth where a toothbrush won’t reach.
You want to melt the oil first, then swish it and pull through your teeth for about 10-15 minutes, or up to 20 minutes if you can handle it. Read more about how to do coconut pulling here.
Cinnamon Tooth Polish
Cinnamon has antibacterial properties and is very useful for oral hygiene. It can help prevent cavities and infections. When combined with the whitening properties of bicarbonate of soda, it makes a great tooth polish.
Try this recipe for polished, white teeth and a clean feeling mouth:
Sift the following together and remove lumps:
- 2 tablespoons bicarbonate of soda
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- 5 drops clove oil
- 3 drops peppermint oil
Sift again. Store in an airtight container.
Use as needed by dipping a damp toothbrush into the powder. Brush normally and rinse.
If you feel the need to give your pearly whites a bit of a spruce up, try any of the above best ways to whiten teeth at home.