For a long time now, teeth have become part of our look. It is what plays a great role in making you look attractive. Now, people are obsessed with whitening their teeth to look nicer and get good first impressions from others. Regarding this, we notice that the media always focuses on the importance of white teeth with its television and internet ads of celebrities with white teeth, promoting whitening products. There is a wide range of products when it comes to whitening your teeth. Most of these products contain chemicals that damage the dental enamel that causes irritation to the gums and tooth sensitivity and the problem is that some of the side effects last forever!
Therefore, there are natural ways to whiten your teeth without using commercial products. These methods are easy, affordable and can be made at home. The first one is brushing with baking soda. Baking soda is a mixture of a teaspoon of baking soda with few drops of water until it turns to toothpaste. It can gently eliminate stains and discoloration of the teeth. Some people worry that baking soda is too harsh on teeth but researchers found it to be safe stains but you have to be cautious when brushing.
Brush your teeth in a gentle way, a circular motion to protect gums. Another piece of advice when brushing is to get into all of the cracks and crevices. Baking soda may also help to fight bacteria, which suggests that it may be able to reduce plaque on the tooth’s surface.
The second one is oil pulling. Some researchers suggest that washing the mouth with certain oils may help to whiten your teeth as oil pulling means washing the mouth with oil removes plaque, bacteria, and debris. It is very easy and safe to apply; all you have to do is rinse your mouth with oil for a minute, then spit it out. The oils that can be used are coconut oil, sunflower oil, and sesame oil. Note that some researchers have doubts about the effect of this method on the teeth.
The third method is activated charcoal. Charcoal is becoming a trend in the world of cosmetics. Activated charcoal, the type used in beauty products and toothpaste, “is a fine grain powder made from wood, coconut shells, and other natural substances that are oxidized under extreme heat”. Activated charcoal can remove pigments and stains from your teeth because it has the ability to absorb surface stains.
The steps are simple: open a capsule of activated charcoal and place it on your toothbrush, and start gently brushing your teeth for 2 minutes. Be especially careful as you shouldn’t brush too aggressively. You can also use water with the activated charcoal to make a mouthwash.
The last method is using fruits. You can use fruits like papain and bromelain that have enzymes that can help in whitening teeth. Also, fruits and vegetables with a high-water content can maintain the health of your teeth. These fruits can help cleanse your teeth from plaque and bacteria that lead to yellow teeth.