Natural remedies for whitening teeth are becoming more popular as people look for more cost-effective, chemical-free solutions to that flashy, bright smile. Here’s a guide to some methods of getting those pearly whites….
Strawberries – Tyra Banks, above, showed on her show recently that you can rub strawberries on your teeth to make them shine. Or, create a paste of crushed strawberries and baking soda and brush on your teeth once or twice a week. Make sure to gently but thoroughly clean your teeth afterwards -the sugar and acid in the strawberries can lead to tooth decay and enamel erosion if left on too long.
Orange Peel – Buff your teeth with the inside to create a brilliant shine. You can also combine ground bay leaves and dried orange peel to form a paste that you can brush onto your teeth.
Lemon Juice – be careful not too use this method too often because the acidic nature of lemon juice can eat away at your tooth enamel. Adding a little lemon juice to salt or baking soda is another alternative that in addition to whitening also helps clean the teeth.
Apple Cider Vinegar – Like lemon juice, apple cider vinegar can be mixed with baking soda to make a paste to brush onto the teeth, or gargle with it daily before brushing your teeth to help remove surface stains.
Crunchy Fruits and Veggies – Apples, carrots, cauliflower, celery, pears, and other crunchy fruits and vegetables help clean the teeth and prevent stains. When the natural fibers of the fruits and vegetables combine with saliva in the mouth, they help wash away food particles and stain-causing bacteria.
Hydrogen Peroxide – diluted (as per recommendations) and mixed into a paste with baking soda, this also does a great job of lifting stains and cleaning your mouth, leaving it feeling fresh and healthy.
While you can’t expect these natural teeth whitening methods to achieve quite the same dramatic results as professional dental lightening, a little bit of patience will bring you a fantastic smile at a fraction of the cost, good for your health and the enrivonment as well!