Oh, what you wouldn’t do for that lovely Mona Lisa smile! You’d be ready even to spend loads to get those white pearls of teeth that you’ve always envied in so many of your friends. There are numerous techniques offered by dentists to whiten your teeth. But why go in for such expensive treatments when there are so many homemade remedies available to make your teeth whiter and brighter? Here are some easy ways of getting lovely white teeth, which you’d be proud to flaunt.
Baking Soda And Soda Peroxide
The combination of these two easily available ingredients doesn’t just look white; it has a miraculously whitening effect on your teeth too. The mixture is simple to concoct and you merely need to brush your teeth twice a week with it, just as you do with toothpaste (the consistency of this mixture has to be the same as that of toothpaste). You need to be careful, however, about leaving the peroxide on your teeth for long – it can lead to the formation of white spots on your teeth. Care also needs to be taken to avoid the gums.
This yummy red fruit is quite effective when it comes to teeth whitening. It’s the acid in this fruit that works to whiten your teeth. You can simply rub a whole strawberry to remove stains on the teeth. For whiter teeth, you need to make a paste by crushing a strawberry into a pulp and mixing half a teaspoon of baking soda in it. Leave the paste on your teeth, with the help of a moist toothbrust, for about 5 miniutes, clean the teeth with a wet toothbrush and then rinse well. It’s another twice-a-week teeth whitening recipe.
If you don’t like strawberries, here’s another nutritious fruit that’s great to whiten your teeth. Take the peel of a banana – packed with so many vitamins and minerals, and simply rub it on your teeth. Unlike other whiteners, it doesn’t contain acids. So you can brush away to your heart’s glory (or should we say to your teeth’s glory?) with the inside of the banana peel and then brush your teeth with your regular toothpaste for that awesome white smile you’ve always wanted.
It’s not just the doctor that an apple a day keeps away. An apple or two daily can also get rid of the yellowness of the teeth. Apple works by increasing the saliva production and its fibers help remove the stains on the teeth.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Nothing can be easier than dipping your toothbrush into Apple Cider Vinegar and brushing your teeth in the normal way about once a week. The effect of this whitening technique is remarkable, thanks to the acids contained in Apple Cider Vinegar.
It’s a well-known fact that the Basil herb adds a tasty flavor to many a food recipe. A relatively less known fact is that it’s also great as a teeth whitener. You can make a powder of fresh dried Basil leaves and use it as toothpowder to brush your teeth. Another option is to mix the powder in your regular toothpaste and brush your teeth with it. You can even blend the crushed leaves with dried orange peel powder to use as a teeth whitening mask.
There’s a reason why some toothpaste companies are using charcoal as a base for the paste. Charcoal powder mixed with regular toothpaste can be brushed on to the teeth for an exceptionally bright white shine.
Lemons have bleaching property which helps whiten teeth by removing the yellowness. Gargling with lemon juice (diluted with water) and cleaning the teeth with lemon peel are both effective ways of whitening the teeth.
Any cold pressed and organic oil, such as coconut oil, sesame oil and olive oil, can work wonderfully to whiten your teeth. There’s a simple process involved; it’s called oil pulling. Take one teaspoon of oil and swish your mouth with it, pulling the oil along all your teeth – from one end to another – for about 15 minutes 3-4 times a week.
This common spice may be a dirty yellow color but actually helps whiten teeth while curing gum problems too. You can mix some roasted and crushed turmeric with lime juice and salt, and apply the paste on your teeth, letting it remain for a few minutes.
Salt works by restoring the lost minerals in the teeth, which leads to whiteness. This is not a remedy for regular use since salt can harm the gums and enamel. The best way to use salt is to mix it with baking soda and rub it on the teeth. Of course, you can also simply brush your teeth with salt, using it as a tooth powder.
Who doesn’t know of the whitening properties of Neem, whose twigs can be used as a tooth brush? There are some other tree twigs too, which have a similar whitening effect on teeth. These include Babul, Banyan and Margosa tree twigs.