Our smiles makes us attractive. But how can you do that if you’ve got stained and yellow teeth? You can try dental cosmetic procedures such as laser bleaching and chemical whitening, but these can be exorbitantly expensive. These procedures may also take several sessions before you get the desired result, you would have to shell out a lot of cash. Not to mention the pain and discomfort you may feel if you have sensitive gums and teeth.
Don’t worry, though. Here are some natural, inexpensive and easily-accessible ingredients you can use to whiten your teeth.
Strawberries. Strawberries contain malic acid, a naturally-occurring acid in fruits which is also responsible for the fruit’s sour taste. Catherine Zeta-Jones admitted to brushing her teeth with strawberries. Pineapples, lemons and green apples work the same way. You can squeeze out the juice and use them for brushing. You can also crush the pulp of these fruits and leave them on the teeth for about five minutes for the acid to work its wonders. Just don’t forget to floss and rinse to get the remainders of the pulp.
You may cut a wedge piece of a lemon peel and leave the peel against the teeth for about five minutes. Keep in mind, though, that prolonged acid exposure may begin to decay the teeth’s natural varnish, so don’t forget to rinse with water.
Brush gently because brushing too hard may damage the enamel and may cause a stinging sensation while brushing.
Celery and carrots also help in whitening the teeth by increasing the production of saliva (the mouth’s natural self-cleaning agent) and scrub the teeth clean, so next time you see some, munch on them. They also help in maintaining fresh breath by killing bacteria that produces halitosis.
Hydrogen Peroxide which can be bought over-the-counter is a natural agent for teeth whitening. Rinsing the teeth after brushing with it will eventually give you whiter teeth. Don’t forget to dilute in a small amount of regular water because you will get a burning sensation if you use it directly. It will work as a mild antiseptic and a bleaching agent. Through oxidation, it will slow down the discoloration of the teeth through plaque and tartar. While gargling, swish it around your mouth so that it comes in contact with your gums and teeth thoroughly. While gargling, tilt your head backwards. Be careful and keep exhaling with your mouth open. Do this for about 10 minutes.
Do this only once a day and be careful not to swallow any of the solution, as hydrogen peroxide is still acid that can have an adverse effect when used carelessly. Typically, most people will see results within a couple of weeks but it can happen sooner.
Baking soda, a known cooking ingredient and deodorizer can also be used as teeth whitener. Mix it with water or hydrogen peroxide, turn into a paste, and substitute the solution as toothpaste. Brush in a gentle and circular manner, then rinse with water. You’ll find several brands of toothpaste use baking soda as one of their whitening ingredients.
Use these natural ingredients for weeks and just be patient. If you still decide to go through chemical and laser bleaching, it’s best to consult your dentist so you can be advised of the best procedure that will work for you.
Good luck in achieving those sparkling, pearly whites!