6 ways to whiten your teeth naturally at home
A bright smile is a desired aesthetic that most people wish to achieve! When our teeth first appear, they're beautifully milky and white. However, the colour of our teeth darkens as we age and stains begin to accumulate. This is because certain foods stain your enamel and plaque build-up can cause your teeth to look yellow.
Some people spend a fortune trying to get their teeth as white as possible, and in the process end up softening their enamel and damaging their teeth. This is because most whitening products use harsh chemicals to bleach your teeth. An increasing number of people are now looking towards natural, home remedies to make their teeth brighter, which of course is more affordable and healthy!
Here are our 6 top tips to achieve white, bright teeth - naturally!
Also known as 'kavala' or 'gundusha', oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic detoxifying technique to support not only dental health, but also to detoxify the body and encourage systemic health! It's as simple as swishing a tablespoon full of coconut oil (for example) in your mouth for approximately 15 - 20 minutes a day to draw out toxins from the body!
Oil pulling has been proven to whiten teeth, strengthen gums, reduce cavities and improve breath! By incorporating oil pulling into your daily routine, the process has been shown to pull stains from the surface of the teeth, and also prevent further discoloration from occurring. Besides the wonderful oral benefits that oil pulling brings, it also has a detoxifying effect on the whole body, reduces headaches, joint pains, halitosis, hangovers and improves skin conditions while alleviating problems like sinusitis, allergies, PMS and chronic fatigue!
Our favorite selection of oil pulling products:
- Charcoal Oil Pulling Sachets
- Ozonated Minty Coconut Oil
- Cocobaci 15 Day Oil Pulling Detox (various flavours)
Baking soda works in 2 ways to help whiten your teeth naturally! Firstly, baking soda removes plaque build-up from teeth due to its abrasive nature. Secondly, baking soda has alkalizing properties, which helps to pull any stains from the enamel. This is one of the most affordable ways to whiten your teeth naturally - buy a box of baking soda from the store, apply a natural toothpaste on your toothbrush and lightly dip your toothbrush in the powder and brush your teeth!
Natural whitening toothpaste
Your toothpaste forms the foundation of your daily oral care routine! There are so many different types of toothpastes, all formulated for different purposes. If you're wanting to whiten your teeth, look for toothpastes that are specifically made to whiten and brighten. We encourage everybody to only use toothpastes which contain natural ingredients. Commercial toothpastes contain scary ingredients like triclosan, fluoride, SLS, artificial preservatives and hydrogen peroxide, to name a few (no wonder they tell us not to swallow the toothpaste)!
When looking for natural whitening toothpastes, look for non-abrasive bleach-free formulas, with ingredients such as activated charcoal, baking soda and clay. Regular brushing can help your teeth stay white by reducing bacteria in your mouth and preventing plaque build-up!
Our favourite natural whitening toothpaste:
- Detoxifying Charcoal Toothpaste
- Natural Family Toothpaste
- Jack 'n Jill Natural Toothpaste for Children
Rubbing teeth with fruit peels
Various studies claim that rubbing certain fruit peels on your teeth has a whitening effect. The science behind this claim is that certain fruit peels contain natural bleaching agents! Fruit peels that are said to help you achieve a bright smile include oranges, bananas and lemons.
Limit certain foods
Certain foods stain your enamel. After a while, these foods contribute to discolouration of teeth, stains and plaque build-up! A diet high in sugar supports the growth of Streptococcus mutans bacteria, the primary type of bacteria that causes plaque and gum diseases. Other food or drinks are infamous for staining teeth, including red wine, coffee, certain tea, dark berries and soda! While it's impractical to say that we must avoid these foods or drink altogether, it's important to limit your intake in order to maintain a bright smile!
Make oral care a priority
Naturally whitening your teeth is not an overnight procedure! It's important to make oral care a priority and incorporate it into your daily routine. View our entire range of natural, organic oral care products -->.
Free, simple whitening toothpaste recipe
Whitening your teeth at home has never been easier with our easy whitening toothpaste. This recipe is super easy to make at home, and can be used by the entire family!
What you will need:
- ⅓ cup ozonated minty coconut oil
- ¼ cup baking soda
- 2 teaspoons bentonite clay
How to make it:
- Melt the coconut oil over a double boiler
- Remove coconut oil from the heat and stir in the baking soda and bentonite clay
- Pour the mixture into a glass jar and cover
- Use this paste 3-4 times a week
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