Who doesn’t want a pearly white smile?
The best way to keep your teeth white is to brush them – a lot. But if you forget to brush after every cup of coffee, here are some natural alternatives to teeth whitening that won’t land you in a dentist chair.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Results of brushing your teeth with apple cider vinegar can take up to a month to be noticeable but many swear by it. By brushing with apple cider vinegar twice daily, your teeth could look like they were professionally cleaned. Be sure to rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm water afterward so the acid does not harm the enamel on your teeth.
It seems weird, but try mixing baking soda with powder charcoal to gently brush your teeth. Use this method daily for best results.
HYDROGEN PEROXIDE & BAKING SODA
Hydrogen peroxide is a popular whitening ingredient that is found in most over-the-counter products. For just a fraction of the price, you can make your own whitening system by mixing hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Later brush your teeth again as normal. Do not do this excessively as these products are known to irritate the gums with frequent use.
Before you go to bed, rub orange peel on your teeth. You have to do this for a few weeks to start seeing results. The Vitamin C in the peel will break down micro-organisms that cause yellowing. You can use strawberries for the same effect. Grind them down into a paste and mix with a bit of baking soda. Let it sit for a minute then brush your teeth as normal.
Believe it or not, lemons have a bleaching property that can be effective at whitening teeth chemical-free. Twice daily for two or three weeks, mix a few lemon drops with salt and rub over your teeth. Rinse with warm water.
And there you have it — natural teeth whitening that will save you a dentist visit and a whole lot of cash! I think I will start out trying the apple cider vinegar method tonight. If you decide to try any of these methods yourself, please let me know how well they work.