Monday, 13 November 2017

How To Get A Naturally White Smile

Several factors cause teeth to lose their bright whiteness.  Certain foods, such as red wine, stain the enamel whilst plaque can build up on your teeth causing them to look yellow.  Here are some top tips on how you and your family can naturally whiten your teeth to benefit from sparkling natural smiles.


Oil pulling with coconut oil is a relatively new trend in the western world, yet oil pulling itself is a traditional Indian remedy known for improving oral hygiene and removing toxins.  Essentially, you swish oil around your mouth, pulling it through your teeth with a suction like pressure coming from your tongue.  This is known to remove bacteria, which can turn into plaque - causing your teeth to look yellow.

Technically, any oil will work but traditionally, Indians would use sunflower or sesame oil.  Coconut oil has a more refined taste and offers several additional health benefits - it is also scientifically proven to reduce inflammation and kill bacteria.  Although, there aren’t any scientific studies to prove oil pulling actually whitens your teeth there is a lot of anecdotal evidence to suggest oil pulling has a positive effect.

You’ll want to swish the oil in your mouth for 15-20 minutes and be sure to spit the coconut oil into a trash can rather than down the sink, as it could reform in solid form, once cold.

Apple cider vinegar is a natural disinfectant and popular natural cleaning product.  The main ingredient is acetic acid which effectively kills bacterial.  The antibacterials properties are what make it useful in keep a healthy mouth and whitening your teeth.  There was a scientific study that found apple cider vinegar does have a credible bleaching effect on teeth, this study was, however, performed on cow teeth (and found the vinegar may also soften the teeth).  

The acetic acid in vinegar could erode enamel, which is why you should not use apple cider vinegar every day.  It is best advised to be used as a mouthwash - diluted with water and swishing it around your mouth for a few minutes.  It’s important to rinse your mouth with water afterwards to remove any residue of acetic acid and best performed in the morning, as otherwise, the apple cider vinegar could damage your sleep.


Now, this one sounds a little scary, but people have been using hydrogen peroxide to disinfect wounds for centuries.  It’s also a natural bleaching agent that kills bacteria in your mouth.  There was a study that found using a commercial toothpaste containing hydrogen peroxide twice per day resulted in 62% whiter teeth in just six weeks.

This remedy is best used as a mouthwash before you brush your teeth (make sure to use a 1.5% - 3% solution) and mix with a little water as higher concentrations could cause very serious side effects.

Baking soda is on almost every “natural alternative” hotlist.  With regard to teeth, you may already known that baking soda is a natural whitener, as it is used in many commercial toothpastes for this reason.  It’s a mild abrasive and creates an alkaline environment in your mouth, which prevents bacteria from growing.

To use this natural remedy, make a paste with 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 2 teaspoons of water, then brush your teeth as normal.

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