What’s a dashing smile without an accompanying pearly white dentition? That would be a not-so dashing smile.
Everyone emphasizes the importance of a smile. It makes one approachable and just lights up the face. So what happens when you would so gladly show off your 32s but they don’t look like the ones in toothpaste commercials?
Here’s what you do, you go into your kitchen and look for the ingredients below.
Yes, you do not have to spend millions in order to get beautiful white teeth.
First of all, why do teeth get yellow?
The number one cause of yellowing teeth is oral lifestyle. Some foods or drinks we take in result in the discolorations and stains that hardly get off when we brush. Examples include tobacco, coffee, and even wine.
Of course it would be impractical to totally avoid putting in your mouth things that cause teeth discoloration (all the coffee lovers can relax now). The first step to preventing yellow teeth would be to practice a good oral hygiene.
If maintaining a good oral hygiene does not give you your desirable white teeth then you should try the kitchen recipes below:
It might sound bizarre but coconut oil does help whiten teeth. This is done through a technique called Oil Pulling. The lauric acid found in coconut does help get rid of bacteria that causes plague.
Direction: Rinse your mouth with a tablespoon of pure coconut oil. Move the oil around your teeth for at least 10 minutes. This can be done before brushing or after brushing at night. Remember to rinse your mouth with water after oil pulling.
Baking Soda and Lemon
Lemon is a natural bleach and can be used for numerous things including the whitening of dark under arms. A slice of lemon rubbed on your teeth is good but applying a lemon and baking soda paste is more beneficial. The reason being the alkalinity of the baking soda will balance out the acidity of the lemon juice, making it less harmful. Water can also be substituted for lemon juice.
Direction: combine lemon juice and baking soda (sodium bicarbonate NOT baking powder) till it forms a paste. Use the paste to brush your teeth. Leave it on for about a minute if using lemon juice then rinse with water. Leaving it on for longer could result it in the damage of the tooth enamel caused by the lemon’s acidity.
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Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is used for a number of things in the house and can also be used to get white teeth. Anyone who knows how horrible Apple Cider Vinegar smells might find the suggestion to put it in their mouth repulsive. However it does work although not instantly.
Direction: Get a clean cloth or handkerchief if you prefer, dab it in the ACV and use it to clean your teeth.
Another way to use ACV is to mix it with baking soda as in the lemon paste above. Leave it on for a few minutes and rinse off with cold water.
The malic acid in strawberries is known to remove stains therefore serving as a good teeth-whitener.
Direction: Strawberries can be mashed with sea salt or baking soda. Combine the strawberries and baking soda till a thick paste is formed. Apply on teeth and leave for 3-5 minutes. Rinse out with lukewarm water.
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- Wanting white teeth is good, but like all things the above instructions should be done in moderation.
- The magazines sell us highly edited images, so do not go crazy about having white teeth that you end up causing damages.
- Baking soda pastes should be less gritty and more runny.
- The mouth must be rinsed thoroughly with water in order not to strip off the enamel.
- Changes will not occur in an instant so be patient and cultivate a good oral lifestyle.