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5 Ways to Naturally Whiten your Teeth - Today’s guest blog is by the Law Office of Ralph C. Petty. The opinions expressed by the author in this and all guest blogs are not necessarily those of Solaris Dentistry.

5 Ways to Naturally Whiten your Teeth

 

Dirty or discolored teeth are a tremendous blow to a person’s confidence and self-esteem. The buildup of plaque and bacteria can make your teeth appear yellow and different kinds of food may cause staining as well. Dental technology offers a range of effective treatments to restore your pearly whites. However, many people refrain from visiting a dentist due to a lack of medical insurance or maybe they fear medical malpractice. Fortunately, a few home remedies are known to combat tooth decay and whiten your teeth over time. These natural antinodes may not show immediate results, but they are certainly worth a try. For the best results, you should make an appointment for a cleaning with Solaris Dentistry.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is a widely available product that is an active ingredient in many commercial kinds of toothpaste. Its alkalinity prohibits bacterial growth and the mild abrasive properties scrub away the impurities that stick to the enamel. Toothpaste that contains a higher percentage of baking soda is proven to remove plaque more effectively, so you can start using one of them. Another option is to mix some water with raw baking soda and rub it over your teeth every day.

Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is an ancient remedy that involved swishing sesame or sunflower oil around the mouth to improve oral hygiene. Today, coconut oil is a popular choice, given its range of health benefits and healing properties. Oil pulling with one tablespoon of coconut oil per day kills bacteria and reduces inflammation caused by personal injuries.  

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen Peroxide is a common ingredient in several oral hygiene products, such as mouthwash. It is a natural bleaching agent and disinfectant, which makes it ideal for removing bacteria and whitening teeth. However, concentrated hydrogen peroxide is corrosive in nature and can be harmful to your health. The solution for rinsing your mouth must contain only 1 to 2% hydrogen peroxide. Most commercial mouthwash solutions contain 3% peroxide, so it is advised to dilute your daily quantity by half.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is another natural substance with brilliant antibacterial and cleansing properties. As it is acidic, we must use it in very small amounts. Overuse of vinegar can promote corrosion or soften the teeth. You must dilute it by adding one tablespoon to half cup of water. Swish it around your mouth for several seconds, not more than once or twice a week.

Fruit Peels

The outer skin of several fruits contains citric acid or D-limonene; both compounds can help whiten your teeth. Gently rub the inner side of the peel of a banana or orange on your teeth for a few minutes and then thoroughly rinse with water.

There are several other ways to prevent or care for discolored teeth, but there is not enough scientific research to back their legitimacy. For example, activated charcoal is believed to eradicate stains, as it is highly absorbent. There are a few concerns regarding sensitive teeth and gums, as commercially available charcoal capsules have a rather coarse structure. Similarly, reducing the intake of foods that are rich in sugars or contain dyes shall also prevent staining. Smoking and other harmful/recalled drugs also contribute to grey or blackish teeth, so quit them while you can.