8 Natural Ways to Make Your Teeth Whiter at Home

8 Natural Ways to Make Your Teeth Whiter at Home

Who doesn’t want a glittering set of brilliant, white teeth? Actually, your teeth are only really white in childhood. Varying levels of discoloration would often come with age, ranging from a very slight yellowish hue to horrifying shades of muddy brown.

However, there are a lot of ways to safely whiten the teeth. Teeth whitening is a booming $3.2 billion global industry as of 2017. [1] It would surprise you how much people are willing to spend on a pure white smile. This average also includes a percentage spent on home whitening products. While these options are not as effective or as fast-acting as the professionally administered laser whitening procedure some of them are pretty safe and helpful when used right.

If you’re looking to whiten your teeth from the comfort of your home, below a few great remedies you could try.

Important Note: These remedies would have to be used 2–3 times a week and should be immediately discontinued any irritation or pain occurs. Everyone’s gums are different and you might be allergic to something. Also, it’s recommended to discuss with your dentist before trying any of these solutions.

Kaolin clay

Kaolin clay is a naturally occurring clay mineral consisting richly of kaolinite and silica. It’s a cosmetic material that’s great for polishing appearances. It may also be used to gently and thoroughly whiten the teeth and revitalize the strength of the enamel. [2]

How to use: Mix the Kaolin powder with water to form a paste. Apply on all surfaces of your teeth. Allow it to sit for 2–3 minutes and brush gently. Rinse thoroughly with warm water afterward.

Neem leaves

The neem leaf is a powerful and vastly medicinal plant that can be used to solve a host of problems in the human body. Apparently, it may also be used to whiten the teeth. For dental purposes, neem leaves are primarily used for teeth strengthening and decay prevention, but they are also said to be helpful in stain removal. [3]

How to use: Boil a handful of washed neem leaves in water. Leave the solution to settle and drain carefully. When the water is cool, gargle thoroughly and target all nooks and crannies of your teeth. You may brush gently without toothpaste afterward and rinse with warm water.

Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda

Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) are some of the most versatile home cleaning products we use today. They can literally be used to do anything, ranging from cleaning surfaces and bleaching to treating wounds and of course, whitening the teeth. 

Hydrogen peroxide is a weak acid with strong oxidizing properties and sodium bicarbonate is a weak base. Together, they form a neutral compound with the combined and tempered properties of both substances to create a great teeth-bleaching solution.

How to use: Mix hydrogen peroxide and baking soda in a ratio of 1:2 with warm water. Form a thick paste and brush your teeth with the blend. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and discontinue immediately if the substance irritates your gums.

Apple cider vinegar and baking soda

Vinegar is another popular home cleaning agent that works almost in the same way as hydrogen peroxide, although it’s a stronger acid. It should be tempered with a base — baking soda — before use on the teeth. [4] 

How to use: Mix in the ratio of 1:2 with waste to form a homogenous paste. Brush your teeth with the blend and rinse thoroughly. 

Cocoa powder

Pure cocoa powder (non-sugar containing products) is great for teeth whitening because it contains theobromine, a slightly abrasive compound that helps clean the surface of the enamel. [5] It’s also said to help strengthen the teeth to prevent decay and breakage. 

 How to use: Using water or coconut oil, make a homogenous cocoa powder paste and gently brush your teeth with the blend. Rinse thoroughly afterward. Hey, don’t be tempted to swallow if you’re a chocolate lover. 

Epsom salts

Epsom salts are not part of the sodium chloride variety. These salts contain magnesium sulfate and are widely known for their healing properties. They have also been found to be gently abrasive when used superficially and may help to whiten the teeth over time. [6]

How to use: Dissolve a teaspoon or two in warm water and gargle with the solution. You may brush without toothpaste before rinsing your mouth thoroughly.

Peppermint leaves and coconut oil

Natural coconut oil is a gentle product that has a wide range of culinary and cosmetic uses, including whitening the teeth. The oil molecules target the bacteria that yellow teeth and may help achieve a whiter, brighter look without increased sensitivity over time. [7] Combining with peppermint leaves helps reduce the greasy effect of the oil and leaves you with fresh breath.

How to use: Grind about 3 to 5 peppermint leaves and mix with a generous amount of coconut oil. Stir into a uniform paste and brush your teeth with the blend. Rinse with warm water afterward.

Ginger, salt, and lemon

Ginger is a helpful ingredient in teeth whitening because it neutralizes the acid formed by teeth yellowing bacteria and improves enamel appearance over time. It’s best used with a couple of other mildly whitening and antibacterial substances such as salt and a citrus extract (lemon, orange, or lime).

How to Use: Grind a small piece of ginger on a grater and add 1/4 tablespoons of salt. Sprinkle a little lemon juice into the mix and stir into a thick paste. Use the blend to brush your teeth gently and rinse thoroughly afterward.

Lastly, don’t forget to brush your teeth with your dentist-recommended toothpaste twice a day. Rinse with a mouth wash after every meal. The best way to retain the whiteness of the teeth is to not allow discoloration to occur in the first place. Also, you should avoid lifestyle habits that can change the color of your teeth over time. This includes consumption of certain food and drinks such as coffee, tea, colas, and wines, smoking cigarettes and pot, or chewing nicotine/tobacco gum. Also, a person’s genetics might affect their prospect for whiter teeth because some people generally have brighter or darker-colored enamel.

References

  1. Navigating The ‘Aisle Of Confusion’ To Whiten Your Teeth.” NPR. Pattie Neighmond. Retrieved November 9, 2020.
  2. Best Methods For Getting A Whiter Smile.” Beverly Hills MD. Retrieved November 9, 2020.
  3. Azadirachta indica: A herbal panacea in dentistry – An update.” Pharmacogn Rev. T. Lakshmi, Vidya Krishnan, R Rajendran, and N. Madhusudhanan. Retrieved November 9, 2020.
  4. How to Get Rid of Yellow Teeth.” Health Line. Erica Cirino. Retrieved November 9, 2020.
  5. Best Methods For Getting A Whiter Smile.” Beverly Hills MD. Retrieved November 9, 2020.
  6. Oral Health Self-Care Behaviors of Rural Older Adults.” J Public Health Dent. Thomas A. Arcury, PhD. Retrieved November 9, 2020.
  7. Why Coconut Oil is Good for Your Teeth.Health Line. Kayla McDonell. Retrieved November 9, 2020.
  8. Laser Teeth Whitening: How Does It Work?Dental.net. Retrieved November 9, 2020.
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