Years of wear and tear can cause your once-pearly whites to dull! And when your smile is often your first impression, it is so important for it to look the best it can! Check out these home remedies for teeth whitening!
Banana Peel: Use the inside of a banana peel to whiten your teeth. Banana peels contain magnesium, manganese, and potassium. Rub the inside of a peel that has no green or brown spots on the surface of your teeth for 2 minutes and then brush normally, once a week.
Activated Charcoal: Activated charcoal has been all the rage lately when it comes to personal hygiene. It has dental benefits as well! It can help with the removal of stains from coffee and wine on your teeth. Mix with activated charcoal with water, dab on teeth, let sit for two minutes, rinse and brush normal, no more than once a week because the abrasiveness of the charcoal can damage teeth.
Turmeric: The magical spice that is turmeric has astringent properties which tighten gums and remove plaque as well as a multitude of other health benefits. Mix two parts turmeric with one part coconut oil and one part baking soda, and brush for two minutes, once a week. Rinse and brush normally after.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is not only great for a natural detoxing agent, it is antibacterial, which is great for dental health. Mix one part apple cider vinegar, two parts water in a cup and gargle. Rinse, and brush as normal, every morning.
Coconut Oil: Coconut Oil pulling is quickly becoming the next big trend, but it actually works! Coconut oil is antibacterial and antifungal because it contains lauric acid. Swish one tablespoon of virgin organic coconut oil for five minutes, every morning. But make sure you spit it out after! Because it contains saturated fats, it is not healthy to consume large amounts of coconut oil.
Beware of at home teeth whitening kits that you can get from a drug store. These kits are not ADA approved and some of them simply do not have enough of a teeth whitening agent to even affect any change. Sometimes, years of wear and tear on your enamel can cause discoloration that even these household trick can’t fix! When that happens, come into your local dentist for a consultation for in-office professional teeth whitening.