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14 Ways To Whiten Your Teeth Naturally Without Ruining Your Enamel
No matter how badly you want your teeth whitened you have to give much thought to what your options are. There are so many teeth whitening products on the market that it may be hard to decide. You can have them whitened professionally by a dentist but that will cost around $300 or more. The kits that are available from the drug store are a lot cheaper but they may not be safe for you. Most of them are filled with chlorine dioxide and most dental professionals do not feel they are safe to use.
When you use a cheaper product, you may find that you are left with irreversible damage to your teeth that can never be reversed. These products have been found to leave users with discoloration, no luster left on the teeth, sensitive teeth, and a gritty feeling on your teeth. You could also end up with serious irritation to your gums, loss of enamel, and fractured teeth.
1. Baking soda
Make sure you use a good quality baking soda to whiten your teeth. Take a little bit of the baking soda and put it into a little bowl or glass. Put in enough purified water to make a runny solution you can use to brush your teeth. When you are finished brushing add more water to the baking soda and rinse out your mouth.
The good thing about charcoal is that it can take out the toxins yet not affect the body at all. Activated charcoal can easily get rid of the stains on your teeth but it can stain everything else around it – counters, tiles, clothing. You should not use it with dairy and you may find yourself constipated as a result of this treatment. All you have to do is wet your toothbrush and apply the charcoal to it. Brush your teeth with the mixture and rinse when you are finished.
3. Oil Pulling
This process is an ancient procedure that takes a while but helps to clean the mouth and prevent further tooth decay. You can use any type of oil you prefer but most people use coconut or sesame oil. Take a tablespoon of oil and keep swishing it around your teeth for up to 20 minutes. Be careful that you don’t swallow this mixture as it builds up all of the bacteria in your mouth as it swishes around. You can brush your teeth when you have finished the oil pulling process.
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There is a type of clay called kaolin that contains silica, zinc, calcium, and magnesium. It is perfect for people who have sensitive teeth as it is able to get rid of the stains as well as polish the teeth. Put this clay right on your toothbrush and start brushing.
5. Hydrogen Peroxide
Make sure that you dilute the peroxide so that the concentration level is between 1.0% and 1.5%. Simply apply the diluted peroxide to the toothbrush and swish the teeth around with the mixture for up to 5 minutes.
Turmeric has many great health benefits and whitening your teeth is another added bonus. Keep a separate toothbrush just for this purpose. Even though it won’t discolor your teeth it may discolor your toothbrush. Get your toothbrush wet and sprinkle it with 1/8 teaspoon of the turmeric powder. Brush your teeth and rinse when you are finished. You can let the turmeric stay on your teeth for around 5 minutes. If you want to try it another way you can add 1 part coconut oil, 1 part baking soda and 2 parts turmeric powder together. Make a paste and brush your teeth with it when ready.
Take a few juicy strawberries and rub them onto your teeth. These berries are filled with vitamin C and as a result are able to make your teeth shine. Let the berries sit on your discolored teeth for about 5 minutes. When you are finished simply rinse out your mouth.
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There are some people who have used lemon juice to bleach their hair so these same traits can bleach your teeth. Add a little bit of sea salt to the lemon juice and apply to your teeth. Let the mixture stay on your teeth for up to five minutes. Rinse completely.
Crunchy apples are great for making your mouth produce more saliva. The apples themselves will help to get any stains off the teeth with the help of their fibers. They also keep your mouth clean and your breath fresh.
Regular table salt is one of the most economical and easily accessible products to use to get your teeth cleaned. It will help teeth become white again as well as fill them with any lost minerals. Take the salt and you can add it to charcoal or baking soda to get your teeth white again.
Just as apples are nice and crunchy, raw carrots are able to remove the plaque from your yellow teeth. These veggies are able to give off an acid-alkaline presence and gets rid of bacteria.
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12. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is one of those versatile products that can be used for so many things. You can whiten your teeth with the vinegar as well as kill any germs in your mouth.
Your teeth will lose that yellow film when you take a few minutes and floss them regularly. Getting in between your teeth and removing any bacteria that can be causing your teeth harm will keep your teeth whiter and brighter.
14. Sugar-free Gum
Chewing sugar-free gum is a great way to whiten your teeth. One of the main ingredients of sugar-free gum is Xylitol which cuts out bacteria and eliminates any plaque on your teeth. Your pH levels will be neutralized and the gum will help increase your level of saliva.