3 Most effective natural teeth whitening remedies at home

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Apart from the myriad of commercial teeth whitening products that you can easily get off the market at cheap prices, there are a number of natural remedies you  could  easily apply at home . Perhaps you are not into spending any cash on teeth whitening kits, or you are allergic to them or you just want to whiten your teeth without getting mixed up with all the chemicals.
These natural remedies may not be as effective as the manufactured ones but they can still do the job, to some extent. So for those who are wary of commercial teeth whitening kits, for reasons known to themselves, here are some natural tricks you can quickly use at home to whiten your teeth. These options are purely natural and can be safely used at home without professional help.

1.Baking soda

Baking soda is a very common ingredient in many commercial toothpaste. It's an abrasive which has been found to be very effective  in scrubbing away stains on the surface of your teeth. It also has alkaline properties which is essential in preventing bacterial growth in your mouth.
Recent studies have proved that toothpaste with baking soda as one of the ingredients are far more effective in cleaning teeth than those without. It may not be an overnight remedy but it will bring desirable result after a some (recommended) period of usage

 

 

How to use


  • Take half teaspoon of baking soda and mix with either water or lemon until it makes a thick past
  •  Using your regular toothbrush, take the paste and brush your teeth for no longer than two minutes
  • Rinse with clean water 
  •  Repeat this daily for about two weeks

Note: Baking soda can also be mixed with hydrogen peroxide, lime juice or a toothpaste, preferably one which does not already have it as one of the ingredients.
Another option is to wet your brush in water then dip it in baking powder and brush for two minutes.

Pros and cons of brushing with baking soda

Pros

1.       Very effective. It may not be an overnight solution but still is a great option. It is an abrasive and that makes it just the right pick for scrubbing stains away from teeth.Unless you are planning to overuse.
2.       It is affordable. A box of new Baking soda does not usually go for more than $2. Almost anybody can afford it.

Cons


  • 1Sometimes without the right handling, using baking soda can turn out to be a messy task. That’s why it has to be mixed with other stuff like water , lemon and toothpaste. Just using it alone will give you hell of a hard time.
  •    Being an abrasive, baking soda can weaken or even wear out your enamel if used frequently and  for a long period.
  •    American Dental Association (ADA) does not approve the practice of brushing teeth with just baking soda alone. It is only approved as an ingredient in a toothpaste.
  •  Baking soda does not contain fluoride so it does not do a very good job of fighting tooth decay; something fluorides are known for.

So should I use baking soda?

Yes, but with great caution. Dentists recommend using it for a maximum of two times per week.

2.Strawberry

Many celebrities have confirmed using strawberry to whiten their teeth and so, naturally, everyone else is doing it. Why not you? Strawberry contains malic acid which is known for wiping out discoloration from teeth. A more effective method is to mix it with baking soda , the abrasive.

How to use


  •  Crush one strawberry into a pulp
  •   Mix with ½ teaspoon of baking soda until it makes a perfect paste
  •   Use a clean soft brush to apply the mixture on your teeth
  •  Relax with the yummy stuff in your mouth for about five minutes. It’s tempting but don’t swallow.
  •  Brush thoroughly with a toothpaste and rinse.
  • You might also want to do a little flossing to get rid of any strawberry seeds remaining. 

3. Oil Pulling 

This one originated from India and somehow people from other countries, especially the United Sates,  are quickly adapting it. Mind you it is a super easy and super simple teeth whitening remedy. It is also great for general oral health, apart from teeth whitening.

How it works

Like I pointed out earlier, oil pulling is a very simple procedure. Toil free.
It is done by simply swishing a tablespoon of oil (typically coconut oil, olive or sesame oil) in your mouth for 10-20 minutes.

The oil will then detoxify/cleans the oral cavity by literally sucking toxins out of it resulting to a toxin and bacteria free environment.

How to do oil pulling 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pros and Cons


Pros

Apart from teeth whitening, Oil pulling has a myriad of other benefits which include:
  1. Doing away with bad breath thus preventing tooth decay
  2. Killing mouth bacteria
  3. Amazing aid for bleeding gums
  4.  Strengthens the gums and jaws

Cons

 Oil pulling may not have the same benefits to everyone. People will react to it differently. Here are some mishaps that may be encountered:

  1. Some people have reported experiencing jaw soreness.  You might want to swish a bit gently to avoid this.
  2. Oil pulling might also trigger gag reflex. An easy solution to this is to lean your head slightly forward. You should also use less oil .
  3. Oil pulling may also release sinuses and cause drainage.


 

 


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