Your smile may be the very first thing that you get judged on when you meet someone for the first time. It’s the horrible fact that first impressions count, and when you have yellow teeth, you’re not going to seem attractive to anyone. But the problem is that whitening your teeth can be kind of difficult regardless of how many times you brush them in a day. Let’s face it, the road to beauty is a tough one, but together we can make it! If you’re in the dumps about your enamel, here are 7 great ways to whiten your teeth at home without shelling out the big bucks.
1. Brush Your Teeth with Baking Soda
Yup, the stuff that you mixed with vinegar back in elementary school to make those super cool volcano for the science fair. Except this time we’re not trying to make an explosion in your mouth. It’s actually quite easy to do, simply wet your toothbrush and then dip it into the baking soda and then brush away!
So how exactly does baking soda whiten your teeth? Well it’s a base, and bases neutralize acids – taking you back to grade 10 chemistry here! It neutralizes the acid formed by the bacteria that lives in plaque which can potentially harm your teeth. So while it’s effective, it still is abrasive and we don’t recommend brushing your teeth with baking soda twice a day. Start out doing it every 2-3 days (once a day at most) and then move on to more often if you feel comfortable.
If at any point your teeth begin to feel tender or sensitive, stop the baking soda brushing and go back to normal tooth paste!
2. Whiten Your Teeth with Strawberries
You heard us, that sweet delicious fruit can also help to whiten your teeth! Strawberries are jam packed with malic acid, which acts as a tooth whitening agent. But because they also contain sugar, make sure to brush up your teeth regularly afterwards too.
3. Or with Bananas
If you’re not a fan of putting delicious strawberries through the torture of whitening your teeth, why not try banana peels? You won’t be wasting any of the delicious fruit since you’ll only be using the peel. Banana peel teeth whitening has actually be a fast to catch on trend with the online blogging and Youtubing community and there has yet to be any real proof that it works. The only way to find out is to try for yourself! Just remember to brush afterwards too since bananas have tons of sugar in them.
All you have to do is eat the banana, and then cut the peel into manageable sections and rub the inside moist part against your teeth for about 5 minutes and then followed by a quick brush and rinse. Easy and simple!
4. Oil Pulling
Oil pulling is actually a recent trend that’s been going on since Shailene Woodley revealed that she does it herself to stay healthy. You’ll have to take 1 tablespoon of oil and then swish it around your mouth for about 20 minutes. The oil acts as an attractant to toxins and pulls them out of your mucous linings, your gums, tongue and teeth enamel. Try not to swallow any of the oil since it’ll be full of toxins. If you accidentally do, it’ll be okay since your body should be able to fight off any of the toxins.
5. Rub Your Teeth with Hydrogen Peroxide
You’ve most likely used hydrogen peroxide before to clean cuts and wounds, but did you know that it can whiten your smile as well? Next time before you brush, try pouring some hydrogen peroxide into a cotton ball and then rubbing it all over your teeth. This is a quick and efficient way to get pearly whites.
6. Whitening Floss
Flossing is often an overlooked option oral hygiene. You can easily go without flossing and still have relatively clean teeth, but try to go without brushing for a couple of days, or heck even within 24 hours and you’ll notice the grit and grind building up. Although we may tend to brush often and try to whiten, the sides of our teeth are often the hardest parts to reach. So grab a whitening floss and floss those suckers to make sure that the crevices are clean!
7. Eat Your Greens
Your mom was right when she told you to eat your greens. Vegetables that are high in cellulose are great abrasives that brush down your teeth every time you chew. This means that with every crunch and swallow, you’ll be washing away debris that could possibly build up plaque and stain your teeth. You go greens!
The crunchier the fruit/vegetable = the more times you’ll have to chew. Chewing more often means you’ll be producing more saliva! Sure it sounds a little bit gross, but all of that saliva actually helps to coat your teeth with surfactants which are enzymes that battle off cavities.
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