Many reasons cause teeth to lose their original sparkle and brightness. Some foods form stains on the enamel, a surface layer of teeth helping tartar to settle on it, results in yellowish teeth.
Steps to whiten the teeth naturally:
- Oil pulling
- Oil pulling is an ancient method and remedy to improve oral health and remove toxins from the body.
Indian traditions say that they used sunflower oil and sesame oil for oil pulling but any oil work for this process. Coconut oil is the best choice for oil pulling, because of its taste and its health benefits. Coconut oil is a high source of lauric acid, which helps in levelling the inflammation and bacteria. The oil pulling works strongly against bacteria, tartar and gingivitis.
Oil pulling process involves pulling and pushing of a tablespoon coconut oil through teeth for 15-20 minutes. Scientifically oil pulling is not proven for whitening the teeth. But this process does not involve any acidic reactions to the enamel, so the safe to practice frequently.
- Baking soda
- Baking soda a popular ingredient and has natural whitening properties.
We use baking soda to remove the stains even from the garments. Baking soda acts as a scrub to clean the surface of the teeth and keep teeth white. Baking soda creates an environment that is hard for bacteria to sustain. The process of whitening by baking soda is slow and steady; the result can be visible gradually.
Many of the toothpaste companies use baking soda as their key ingredient. A solution with 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 2 tablespoons of water, brushing with this solution a few times a week has a better impact on the teeth.
Hydrogen peroxide is a chemical combination of hydrogen and water, which has mild antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It acts as a bleaching agent that kills bacteria in the mouth. Toothpaste containing baking soda and hydrogen peroxide helps in whitening the teeth. The hydrogen peroxide with only diluted amounts is advisable to use, if not it may cause severe gum irritations and tooth sensitivity.
Apple cider vinegar:
For centuries apple cider vinegar is named as a natural cleansing and disinfectant product. The properties of apple cider vinegar clear the oral bacteria and whiten the teeth. Acetic acid which presented in apple cider vinegar can erode the enamel; it is not advisable to take regularly. Diluted apple cider vinegar can be used as a mouthwash. Swishing for several minutes in the mouth helps in many ways, after that cleansing with plain water is mandatory.
Fruits and vegetables:
- Adding fruits and vegetables in the diet gives sound health for body and teeth.
- Having raw foods and vegetables can help in removing tartar and helps to look white.
- Strawberries and pineapples are the sugar content food, helps in whitening teeth.
Strawberries have malic acid which prevents in discolouration. Mainly strawberries help in exfoliate the teeth and help in look white. Limited usage of strawberries and baking soda paste clear the stains and using excessively causes damage.
Pineapple can help in whitening the teeth; mostly the toothpaste containing enzymes of pineapple have effective ways in removing stains.
Avoid the food that causes stains on the layers of teeth. Coffee, soda, wine is famous for creating stains on teeth. It is not necessary to avoid them, but make sure to avoid direct contact to teeth. Brushing after having these foods can limit the effect on the discolouration of teeth.
Raise calcium intake
Calcium itself helps in protecting the teeth. The calcium strengthens the enamel and keeps the teeth pearly white.
All these natural methods help in whitening the teeth by gently removing surface stains on teeth. Nevertheless, dentists offer stronger treatments to whiten the teeth more effectively.