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13 Simple Ways to Naturally Whiten Your Teeth at Home

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13 Simple Ways to Naturally Whiten Your Teeth at Home

A recent survey showed 80% of Americans aged 18 to 49 want whiter teeth, with women leading in this area at 85%. 6 out 10 believe a whiter, brighter smile would boost their self-confidence especially in the 18 to 24 age range.

According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Americans spent more than $1.4 billion on over-the-counter teeth whitening products last year alone.

One of the first things people notice when they meet someone new is their smile. Teeth Whitening has become an accessible and relatively easy way to instantly improve appearance, create a positive first impression, and achieve a more youthful and radiant appearance. Your teeth can become discolored over a period of time. Teeth whitening is not a medical procedure, it does not result in healthier teeth, but it can result in whiter teeth.

What Causes Teeth Discoloration (Yellow or Brownish Coloring) Of the Teeth

According to Studio Dental in Richmond TX, your teeth can become discolored by stains on the surface or by changes in the tooth material. Dentists divide discoloration into three main categories:

Extrinsic discoloration

This occurs when the outer layer of the tooth (the enamel) is stained by coffee, wine, cola or other drinks or foods. Smoking also causes extrinsic stains.

Intrinsic discoloration

This is when the inner structure of the tooth (the dentin) darkens or gets a yellow tint. Causes include excessive exposure to fluoride during early childhood, the maternal use of tetracycline antibiotics during the second half of pregnancy and the use of tetracycline antibiotics in children 8 years old or younger.

Age-related discoloration

This is a combination of extrinsic and intrinsic factors. In addition to stains caused by foods or smoking, the dentin naturally yellows over time. The enamel that covers the teeth gets thinner with age, which allows the dentin to show through. Chips or other injuries to a tooth can also cause discoloration, especially when the pulp has been damaged.

According to the National Dental Association, whitening treatments can be effective on both extrinsic and intrinsic staining.

In rare cases, children with a condition called dentinogenesis imperfecta are born with gray, amber or purple discolorations.  If this occurs you may want to see a dentist to find out ways to treat this condition says, Studio Dental in Richmond TX.

13 Natural Treatments for Teeth Whitening.

Pulling Oil

The practice of oil pulling dates back hundreds of years in South Asian and Indian medicine, according to a study published in the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine. Both cultures consider oil a healthy ingredient for body tissue, and the idea is that as the oil is swished and pulled through your mouth, it’s removing the bacteria that can lead to plaque and gingivitis. Some claim that the practice has led to whiter teeth and decreased sensitivity.

With more and more people seeking natural remedies for a healthier body, oil pulling is one of those remedies that crops up in dental hygiene topics. Natural living enthusiasts have eagerly picked up the habit of oil pulling, with some swishing oil for up to 30 minutes a day in search of the supposed benefits.

Baking Soda

Use less baking soda than hydrogen peroxide, and make sure your paste isn’t gritty. Combine about two tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide with one tablespoon of baking soda. Stir it into a paste and start brushing. Let the paste stand about a minute and then rinse.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Use less baking soda than hydrogen peroxide, and make sure your paste isn’t gritty. Combine about two tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide with one tablespoon of baking soda. Stir it into a paste and start brushing. Let the paste stand about a minute and then rinse.

Apple Cider Vinegar

For stubborn teeth stains, rub apple cider vinegar on your teeth, then rinse it off with water. Be careful not to do this too often, as it can break down tooth enamel. For a less whitening mouthwash that’s not harsh on the teeth, mix one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with a cup of water, then rinse it around in your mouth.

Strawberries

They may stain your shirt, but they could work to whiten teeth since they contain an enzyme called malic acid. Try mashing up strawberries and rubbing them on your teeth. Leave for five minutes then rinse with water and brush and floss as usual.

Apples, Celery & Carrots

These healthy fruits and veggies act like natural stain removers by increasing saliva production, which serves as the mouth’s self-cleaning agent. They also may kill bacteria that causes bad breath, and their crunch factor works to scrub teeth clean.

Oranges and Pineapples

Eating tart fruits such as oranges and pineapples may cause the mouth to produce more saliva, which washes teeth clean naturally. Beware of using lemons directly on teeth, because too much acidity can damage teeth.

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Yogurt, Milk, and Cheese

Dairy products contain lactic acid, which may help protect teeth against decay. A study in the journal Dentistry found kids who ate yogurt four times per week had less tooth decay than kids who didn’t eat yogurt. Researchers think proteins in yogurt may bind to teeth and prevent them from attack by harmful acids that cause cavities. Hard cheeses are best for whitening since they help remove food particles as well.

Stacey Chillemi

editor@thecompleteherbalguide.com

I am on a mission to transform the health of millions worldwide. Check out my website at staceychillemi.com. I am a popular and recognizable health and lifestyle reporter and expert, columnist and health host. Author of The Complete Guide to Natural Healing and Natural Remedies for Common Conditions, along with 20 other published books. I am the founder of The Complete Herbal Guide and a recognized health and natural remedies expert, with over 20 years in practice as a Health Coach. I write for the Huffington Post, Huff Post, Thrive Global and Medium (Owned by Arianna Huffington). I have been a guest on the Dr. Oz Show, local news, and numerous radio shows. My focus is on natural healing, herbal remedies, alternative methods, self-motivation, food for medicine, nutrition, fitness, natural beauty remedies and the power of positive thinking.