Restore that perfect smile: Natural teeth whitening methods

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There are lots of commercial products in the market that can be used to whiten your teeth. Some of these should be used in moderation as they have their side effects.

This is why I went on a search for natural teeth whitening methods. I was surprised to discover some of these methods. I know you will also be surprised, and grateful to learn these methods.

A while back, I wrote a post about going bananas on your cleaning. Apparently, bananas are one natural method of teeth whitening. Just brush your teeth normally, and then rub your teeth with the insides of a banana peel. Do this twice a day. You have to brush before applying the peel so as not to clean off the whitening minerals. Bananas not only contain potassium, they also have high levels of magnesium and manganese, which can help to whiten teeth. Results can be seen in two weeks.

Coconut oil is another trick that I came across for teeth whitening. Take about 2 teaspoons of organic coconut oil into your mouth and swish it around for 15 minutes. In the morning, before you brush your teeth, scoop out a tablespoon or less of coconut oil. You can soften it, or just put it in your mouth Push, swish, and “pull” the oil through and around your teeth for 10-15 minutes, then spit it out, rinse with water, and brush your teeth.The oil pulls the bacteria out from between your teeth, which is the main reason we get plaque on our teeth, which leads to tooth decay. Oil pulling detoxes the body and helps heal any mouth ailment you may have. In less than two weeks, swishing coconut oil around in your mouth daily will yield a white smile.

Baking Soda (Sodium bicarbonate) and Lemon Juice Paste is another natural trick. Sodium bicarbonate is mildly abrasive so it gently scrubs away surface stains returning teeth to a whiter shade. It’s also very alkaline and will reduce the acidity of the lemon juice, which acts as a natural bleach of sorts. Alternatively, you can use water to mix the paste.Mix several teaspoons of baking soda with enough fresh lemon juice or water to make a paste. Wipe your teeth and any extra saliva off of them with a paper towel. Put a good amount of the paste onto your toothbrush and apply. Leave the paste on for 1 minute, then rinse, so as to avoid the acid effecting enamel. If you are using just water you can leave it on for up to 3 minutes.

Strawberry, Salt and Baking Soda Scrub. Strawberries are high in Vitamin C, which can help break-down plaque that causes your teeth to look yellow. It also has an enzyme called malic acid, which may help to remove surface stains. The salt acts as an abrasive in the paste, physically scrubbing away stain-causing gunk, and the baking soda is an extra touch that is optional.Mash 1-3 large strawberries into a pulp, and add a pinch of sea salt and ½ teaspoon of baking soda, if you’re using it. Wipe any extra saliva off your teeth with a paper towel, and then apply a generous portion of the mixture to a toothbrush and apply. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes then rinse. Do this every night for desired results.

Whichever method you choose, make it a routine to get the most out of it. A little lifestyle adjustment also helps. For example, avoid dark drinks and smoking that eventually stain teeth. You are well on your way to restore that perfect smile.

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