When it comes to having an absolutely brilliant smile, it’s important that you make sure that your teeth are a beautiful shade of white. And while you can achieve this by going to your dentist to get your teeth professionally whitened, if you’re on a tight budget, sometimes that can be an expensive approach. And although there are commercial teeth whitening strips at your local grocery or drug store, some of them tend to use harsh chemicals.
Luckily, something that you can do that is affordable and also doesn’t require the use of chemicals is to whiten your teeth naturally. If you’d like some tips on things that you can do to remove plaque and tartar and also brighten your enamel, here are four of them:
Watch what you eat (and drink). There’s a pretty good chance that you’ve heard the saying that you are what you eat. Well, when it comes to good oral teeth and achieving a pearly white smile, consuming the right foods and drinks are essential. Sesame seeds help to slough off plaque. Cheese helps to rebuild tooth enamel. Celery and apples help to produce saliva. That’s a good thing because it means that they help to prevent foods from sticking onto your teeth and dark drinks from staining your enamel. Green tea helps to remove oral bacteria. Speaking of drinks, it’s also a good idea to keep coffee and wine-drinking down to a minimum. And if you do drink dark-colored drinks, make it a practice to use a straw. That will help the drinks from splashing onto your teeth.
Brush with fruit. Although it probably comes as no surprise that the Vitamin C that’s found in fruit can help to prevent gum disease, did you know that you can also keep your teeth white by brushing them with strawberries or by rubbing some lemon or orange peels directly onto your teeth? By mashing up 4-5 strawberries and brushing your teeth with the paste as you normally would or by taking a peel and rubbing it onto your teeth (and then rinsing your mouth out thoroughly with room temperature water), you will notice over a few weeks that they both work pretty effectively.
Brush with hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. If you were to consult with a professional who works at the Kensington Dental Practice for a couple of teeth whitening tips in between dental visits, one of the things they might recommend is that you brush your teeth with a combination of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. The hydrogen peroxide serves as an antibacterial agent that cleans your gums and whitens your teeth, and the baking soda is a gritty substance that “scrubs” your enamel. Just put your toothbrush into your hydrogen peroxide and then a bit of baking soda. Brush as normal and rinse. You’ll see results immediately.
Brush with apple cider vinegar. Whether you decide to use it as a tooth-brushing solution or a mouth rinse, apple cider vinegar is also an awesome natural tooth whitening remedy. Due to the nutrients and acid that’s inside of it, some oral experts say that it can get your teeth as white as a professional cleaning. Due to the high acidic content, just make sure that you dilute it with water and that you don’t use it daily. A couple of times per week is more than enough. For more information on the benefits of apple cider vinegar, visit One Good Thing by Jillee and put “health and beauty benefits of apple cider vinegar” in the search field.