A whiter smile is a good indicator of healthy teeth, and can increase your confidence. But teeth that are regularly exposed to coffee, red wine, or tobacco are quickly stained with yellowish or brownish tones. Luckily, you don’t have to settle for stained teeth if you want to enjoy a daily cup of joe or glass of red wine with dinner. There are several ways to whiten your teeth naturally.

  1. Baking Soda: The oldest form of toothpaste, baking soda is used in many natural toothpastes today. You can also use it as a whitening substance, when mixed into a paste with water, hydrogen peroxide, or lemon juice. Let the paste sit on your teeth for one minute, and then rinse (especially if you use lemon juice, since the acid can harm your enamel).
  2. Coconut Oil: Swishing sesame or coconut oil daily for 20 minutes helps to loosen plaque and remove bacteria. Coconut oil has been found to be especially effective at removing the bacteria that causes cavities and gum disease.
  3. Strawberry Paste: Strawberries contain significant amounts of Vitamin C, which helps to break down plaque, and also malic acid, which helps remove stains. Mash a couple of large strawberries into a pulp, add a pinch of salt and ½ teaspoon of baking soda, and apply the paste generously. Let it sit for about 5 minutes, and rinse. Do this treatment every night for great results!
  4. Turmeric: Not only does turmeric act as a great anti-plaque agent and reduce gingival inflammation, it’s a wonderful and natural tooth-whitening substance. Dip a wet toothbrush in ⅛ teaspoon of turmeric powder, brush as normal, and allow it to sit on your teeth for 3-5 minutes. Rinse thoroughly, and then brush with your normal toothpaste. You may not notice a difference after one treatment, but after treating your teeth with turmeric for a few days, you should have a whiter smile.
  5. Activated Charcoal: While it may seem counterintuitive to use charcoal as a whitener, it is highly effective as a result of its highly absorbent, porous qualities. Activated charcoal binds to staining substances like tannins and when brushed away, removes them. Use only food/medical grade charcoal, though!

All of these methods are effective at whitening your teeth, but sometimes the results may not be quite as successful as desired. In these cases, you may want to consider our professional teeth whitening services.

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