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5 Natural Teeth Whiteners to Try At Home



When it comes to teeth whitening, most people are ready to spend a fortune - if they have it. With a plethora or teeth whitening products available to an increasingly obssessive market, the fact that several of these companies acheive whiteness using artificial and most times, toxic bleaching methods, becomes more of an after thought.

The truth is, there are natural ways to get whiter teeth and avoid the toxic chemicals found in these artifical products. Here are 5 natural ways to whiten your teeth, and that are quite safe to try at home.


Oil Pulling


I see the awkward look on your face, and it is exactly as it sounds. Oil pulling originates from an ancient indian tradition, as a means of improving oral hygiene, and removing toxins from the body. Personally, I have tried this method with coconut oil, and I wouldn't say the results were drastically new light brights, but I found this to be effective at removing plaque causing bacteria which leaves the yellow stain on your enamel. Regular coconut oil pulling is more likely to guarantee whiter teeth, and a whole lot of health benefits.


Brush with Baking Soda


Baking soda is a popular ingredient in toothpaste, and now you know why. Baking soda creates an alkaline environment in your mouth which helps destroy the plaque causing bacteria that causes teeth to look discolored. Several studies have shown that toothpaste that contain baking soda, tend to be better whiteners. To try this at home, simply mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 2 teaspoons of water and brush your teeth with the paste. Do this a few times a week, for best results.


Hydrogen Peroxide


Remember all that talk about bleach? Well this is a form of bleach too, only a natural one that also happens to be able to kill bacteria in your mouth. One way to use hydrogen peroxide as a whitener at home is by mixing it with baking soda to make your own toothpaste. Simply combine 2 teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide with 1 teaspoon of baking soda and gently brush your teeth with the mixture.

I would limit the use of this homemade paste to a few times a week, as overuse can actually erode your tooth enamel.


Pineapple


Yes you heard right. Many people claim that pineapple whitens teeth, but with good reason. Studies have shown that bromelain, an ingredient in some toothpaste were significantly found to be more effective at removing tooth stains than a standard toothpaste. Bromelain happens to also be an enzyme found in pineapples. Is there a correlation between the two? who knows, but any excuse to eat more pineapples is good enough for me.


Strawberries


Since we're feeling fruity. If you haven't heard about strawberry and baking soda teeth being good teeth whiteners, you may just not be following mainstream media closely enough. If you decide to give this one a try, be my guest! Just limit to a few times a week. Simply smash a fresh strawberry, combine it with baking soda, and brush the mixture onto your teeth.


woila! Let me know in the comments which one worked for you.


Happy Brushing!

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