No matter how much you brush, a conventional toothpaste often can’t guarantee sparkling white teeth. While tooth-whitening kits are readily available at most pharmacies, and it is also possible to get teeth whitening done at a dental clinic, there are many home natural remedies that can help whiten teeth and protect tooth enamel. Here are 3 ways you can whiten your teeth naturally:
1. Brushing with baking soda
Baking soda can gently polish away stains on the surface of the teeth. Baking soda may also help to fight bacteria, which suggests that it may be able to reduce plaque and prevent tooth decay. When used with slight pressure, baking soda acts as a scrub and removes stains. Due to its high abrasive nature, daily use of baking soda on your teeth is not recommended. Once or twice a week is good enough.
2. Hydrogen peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is a mild bleach that can help to whiten stained teeth. Hydrogen peroxide can penetrate deep into the teeth, and therefore poses a risk of tooth sensitivity. It should be used sparingly, and with the greatest caution. For optimal whitening, a person can try brushing with a mix of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide for 1–2 minutes twice a day for a week. They should only do this occasionally.
3. Coconut oil Pulling
Oil pulling is the term for washing the mouth with oil to remove dirt and bacteria. Swish 1 to 2 teaspoons of liquid coconut oil in your mouth for 10 to 30 minutes. Don’t let the oil touch the back of your throat. Don’t swallow the oil as it contains toxins and bacteria from your mouth. Spit it into the toilet or a wastepaper basket, as it could clog drains. Rinse your mouth with water and then drink a full glass of water. Then brush your teeth.