When your teeth have gone from pearly whites to dull not-so-whites, it might be time to take action. If professional teeth-whitening is not an option, there are several natural solutions that can be extremely effective in removing stains and discoloration from your teeth.

 

While it’s important to remember that none of these techniques can take the place of regular brushing and flossing, adding these tricks to your daily routine can be just what you need to achieve a brighter, whiter smile.

 

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Brushing with Baking Soda

Baking soda is a natural whitening agent, and is actually used in a lot of whitening toothpastes. This is because it has the ability to tackle tooth discoloration, as well as plaque buildup, which not only worsens yellowing of the teeth but also leads to cavity formation and tooth decay. However, because of its strong abrasive properties, baking soda must be used carefully and sparingly. You will not want to exceed using any sort of baking soda mixture more than once a week, and when you are using it, do not let it sit on your teeth for more than one minute. Also, be sure to avoid strong scrubbing or brushing as this can damage the enamel of your teeth.

For a good whitening paste, mix ¼ cup of baking soda with the juice of half a lemon (lemon is also great for whitening teeth, but is extremely acidic and can cause erosion when used excessively, so you should apply the same rules regarding usage here as you would with baking soda.) Apply the mixture to your teeth with a Q-tip and after about a minute, brush your teeth to remove the mixture and any excess acid.

 

 

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Oil-Pulling with Coconut Oil

Oil-pulling has gotten a huge amount of attention as a process which can help with anything from improving skin to helping heal arthritis pain. A lot of the buzz around oil-pulling been about the incredible effects that it can have on oral health and whitening teeth. Oil is especially capable of cutting through and breaking down the plaque buildup on your teeth, and the strong anti-bacterial properties of some of the oils that you can use when oil-pulling can also serve as a sort of detox for your mouth, ridding it of harmful bacteria that can take a toll on teeth and gums.

Oil-pulling is simple enough, and the only ingredient you need here is the oil itself. Most people who practice oil-pulling for the purpose of improving the health and appearance of their teeth opt for coconut oil, however you may also use sunflower oil or sesame oil. Once you have your oil, you will want to measure out a tablespoon and swish that around in your mouth before rinsing out with warm water. The hardest part about oil-pulling that many people have trouble with is time – you should keep the oil in your mouth for 15 to 20 minutes before spitting it out for best results.

 

 

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Scrubbing with Strawberries

You put them in your smoothies or in your morning parfait, but you may not have considered putting strawberries on your teeth for a brighter smile. As it turns out, strawberries are great natural teeth-whiteners, primarily because they contain two key ingredients that work wonders for this purpose: malic acid and vitamin C. The malic acid in strawberries acts as a natural astringent which helps remove stains and discoloration from the surface of your teeth. Meanwhile, their vitamin C content is perfect for fighting plaque buildup and contributing to healthier, whiter teeth.

To scrub away the stains on your teeth with strawberries, simply mash up one or two strawberries, and then spread onto your teeth with a toothbrush. You can leave the mixture on for a few minutes before rinsing out with warm water. Don’t forget that strawberries are acidic, and when you’re finished, be sure to follow up by brushing your teeth with toothpaste to remove any excess acid left behind.

 

Have you tried any of these natural solutions for whitening your teeth? Tell us about it below or tweet me @tamarahoumi