The benefits of having great looking teeth are plentiful, there’s no question about that. Good, white teeth can help boost your self-esteem, make a positive first impression and also increase your overall image. Yet, an estimated 18% of all people attempt to conceal their teeth. While the reasons vary, commonly this is because of stained, yellow teeth that just won’t whiten no matter how much brushing is done. Nobody should have to conceal their teeth for this reason. And while there are plenty of cosmetic procedures that can help make teeth look whiter, you can also take measures into your own hands at home. Here’s a look at 4 easy, natural ways to whiten your teeth:
Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide
As far as natural teeth whitening goes, this is a proven, effective method. Just mix minimal amounts of baking soda and 3% hydrogen peroxide into a paste and use it to brush your teeth. The hydrogen peroxide kills germs and keeps the mouth clean, while the baking soda works to scrub any staining off of the teeth.
Coconut Oil Pulling
Although it’s one of the newer discoveries in natural teeth-whitening, many are praising the results from coconut oil pulling. The best way to use this as a teeth whitener is to place a spoonful in your mouth and swish it around like mouthwash, add drops of it to your toothbrush and brush your teeth with it or dab it with a wash cloth and apply it to the teeth that way.
This is a teeth-whitening method made popular by A-list actress Catherine Zeta Jones. Specifically, she mashes up four or five strawberries and then rubs the mixture all across her teeth. The acid content of the fruit is said to eat away at food and drink stains. Following this method, however, it is important to rinse well.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Brushing with Apple Cider Vinegar is another proven teeth-whitening method, although those who administer it say that it takes about a month of regular brushing with the substance to notice a real difference. Specifically, this method shines in terms of removing the likes of coffee and nicotine stains from the teeth. One thing to note is that it is an acid, so following the administering of Apple Cider Vinegar, you should either brush thoroughly with a standard toothpaste or wash your mouth out well. If acid is left to dwell inside the mouth, it could end up eating away at the tooth enamel.