What is the best at-home remedy to whiten your teeth?
There are over the counter remedies to bring back that gorgeous, white teeth and your habit of constantly smiling to almost any random person you see on the street. And there are home remedies that are as effective yet doesn’t cost much as the commercial whitening products. A word of advice from Santa Ana dentists, home remedy items are not miracle solutions. Most of it needs to be done consistently to be effective.
Here are some of the best home remedies for pearly-white teeth.
1) Brush Your Teeth
As obvious as this one is, it’s the most important and should be on this list. Brush your teeth at least three times a day- morning, afternoon and before bedtime. This is the number one rule in any dentist’s checklist but is the most difficult thing to do for many. You need to discipline yourself to make this a daily and “required” routine. If you smoke, quit this bad habit. It doesn’t do any good for your teeth and your health in general.
Rinse with an equal amount of water and hydrogen peroxide. Research shows that hydrogen peroxide has an antibacterial component that works well as total mouth and gum cleaner. It keeps the mouth free of germs leaving you with fresher breath. It also brightens teeth, according to a study from Dentistry Network. Aside from all these benefits, hydrogen peroxide provides natural protection against gingivitis and periodontitis.
3) Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is also reported to whiten teeth for some people. Just swish about a spoon of coconut oil in between teeth for 20 to 30 seconds. Alternatively you can put a small amount of coconut oil on your toothbrush and brush your teeth for around 30 seconds.
If you don’t want to use your toothbrush, try a clean wash cloth. Put some on the cloth and rub your teeth and gums. Coconut oil has a natural antibacterial agent that cleans and protects both the teeth and gums.
4) Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is extremely useful for removing stains caused by coffee and nicotine. Studies suggest that it works just as well as commercial whitening products. It’s the reason why many have reported to achieve brighter smiles after using ACV.
You just need to put some drops of ACV on your toothbrush and brush it on your teeth. Then brush your teeth again with the regular toothpaste and rinse your mouth well.
Some say that the natural acids abundant in citrus fruits such as lemon and orange help in whitening the teeth. You can use citrus juices to rinse your mouth every day or rub it in your teeth after normal brushing.