5 of the Best Ways to Naturally Whiten Teeth
It’s unusual for you to be able to scroll through Instagram without seeing a tooth whitening promotion recently; from the Kardashian’s to your fave Love Island couple, everyone’s on the promotional hype. With this in mind, it can be tempting to invest in an expensive kit without knowing how reliable it is regarding overall results. Here at Nice Gnashers, we’re eager to help you decide whether something will work for you, with the best at home teeth whitening kit reviews giving you advice before you splash the cash. However, there are also a number of at-home, natural methods which can also help you get the results you’re looking for. We’ve taken a look at five of the most popular below:
Many kinds of toothpaste currently on the market have the added ingredient of baking soda, but do you know why? There are many purposes of this handy substance in the house, but its abrasive properties are what cements its status as a favourite in the home teeth whitening department. There are many different ways in which you can incorporate baking soda into your oral routine, but it should be done with caution. Overuse of the baking ingredient can actually damage your enamel, stripping the natural coating of your teeth. Mixing baking soda with a little water, or even dipping your toothbrush into the powder can be a good quick fix if you’re hoping to remove superficial stains from the surface in a one-off circumstance. However, for those more permanent markings, we’d suggest something a bit different.
There is a myriad of oil pulling sets on the market offering you pearly whites with minty fresh breath. However, the method actually dates back thousands of years and is an ancient Ayurvedic technique. Also known as “kavala” or “gundusha”, a teaspoon of oil is typically placed into the mouth, with coconut oil the most popular, and swished around for up to twenty minutes. The combination of the motion of swishing around your mouth, in addition to the oil, is said to draw out the toxins from your body. While the primary reason for this is to improve oral hygiene, you can also benefit from whiter teeth and cavity prevention. If coconut oil isn’t an oil that’s readily available for you, sesame and sunflower oil work just as well. However, coconut oil is expected to delay the process of tooth decay.
If you’re planning on trying your hand at this at home, start with just five minutes a day and build up to the full twenty minutes. This will allow your jaw muscles to get used to the swishing motion and the sensation of the oil in your mouth. The longer that you manage to oil pull for, the more benefits you’ll experience overall. However, be careful not to swallow the liquid when finished!
Apple Cider Vinegar
Who knew that so many of your kitchen cupboard essentials would come in useful with teeth whitening? Discolouration is one of the most popular reasons for teeth whitening and although throughout the years it is natural for their colour to fade slightly (or even appear somewhat yellow), many people are permanently on the quest for whiter gnashers. Apple cider vinegar can be used to remove some of the naturally occurring stains from your teeth that can be attributed due to a build-up of plaque over the years. Unlike baking soda which strips the enamel, this fights the plaque in the aim of removing any unsightly yellow markings that have built up.
One of the easiest ways to do this is by replacing your favourite mouthwash with a solution made up of water and the vinegar, swishing it around your mouth for a couple of seconds a day. Although we can’t tell you that this will leave you with fresh breath, the results are going to be worth it in the long run!
It should come as no surprise that lemon is regularly used to whiten teeth. Known for its bleaching properties when applied to hair and left in the sun, lemon is also beneficial when applied to teeth. Thanks to being packed with Vitamin c, it is this that works at bleaching the surface of the tooth, working in conjunction with your saliva to cleanse your mouth. Of course, lemon has other things that are great for your oral hygiene, such as its acidity acting as an antibacterial substance. However, its job as a teeth whitener is fantastic!
So, how do you get the most out of a lemon? As per many of the other methods, it’s been proven that mixing with water receives the best results. Creating a 50/50 mixture, this can either be brushed with for a minute, helping to ensure you that every inch of your tooth reaps the benefits, or dipping your finger into the solution and rubbing it on. One of the best things about lemon is the fact that it has so many different elements to it which can all be used in your teeth whitening journey. With this in mind, the properties of the lemon peel should not be forgotten about! After brushing or applying the solution with a finger, directly rub the inside of the peel onto your teeth for several minutes before brushing. This can be repeated throughout the week to help your teeth rival those with some of the best celebrity smiles.
We’ve documented how activated charcoal seems to be the unlikely solution to teeth whitening, with its black powder transforming your teeth. It’s time for that to move over though and make way for turmeric, the orange powder that’s a member of the ginger family. While you may have just got to grips with coating our teeth with a black powder, it can be hard to fathom how adding a yellow powder to your daily routine will help to eradicate your yellow stains, but it works!
Tumeric is said to be able to improve the health of your gums, with many people supposedly reporting that it had lowered the amount of inflammation that they would typically experience. Additionally, there are no reports of sensitivity to this, which is always a good thing! The best results have been found after the powder has been left on the teeth for several minutes before brushing your teeth as usual.
Which of these methods do you think sounds the most appealing? We would love to know, so reach out to us on our social channels and leave us a comment telling us. Additionally, if you’re looking for a more permanent solution to your teeth whitening woes, take a look at our blog to find out what method could work best for you!