Everyone loves a nice, white, smile; but, with so many products on the market today, how can anyone possibly know what teeth whitening remedies work best?
It doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, some of the easiest methods are also said to be effective and are likely in your home right now.
Continue reading to learn more about the safer alternatives to store-bought and professional teeth whitening treatments that are not only safer but are inexpensive and easy, too!
Are Traditional Teeth Whitening Remedies Safe?
In general, lots of things people take part in consuming during their daily lives are ruining their teeth and cause pain and permanent damage. Unfortunately, some of the most popular means of achieving a bright white smile are on that list.
The great news is that there are plenty of whitening treatments that use basic items you probably already have in your pantry. You can naturally whiten your teeth at home with these simple remedies.
- Oil Pulling
Sometimes the best solutions for modern-day problems are found in the past. One excellent example is the ancient technique of oil pulling for oral hygiene and teeth whitening.
The most common type of oil used for pulling is coconut oil.
Its popularity comes from its ability to prevent tooth decay while also providing bacteria-fighting benefits, and the added benefit of lauric acid, a known anti-microbial agent.
So how do you oil pull?
A small amount in your mouth is all it takes. In fact, it is important to use just enough so that it is easy not to swallow it. It’s very important not to swallow the oil because it now contains everything being pulled from your system.
All you have to do is gently swish the oil around and suck it through your teeth. Begin by doing so for 5 minutes, gradually working your way up to 20 to 25 minutes to get the most benefit.
- Baking Soda
The use of baking soda for whiter teeth has gone viral with the recent TikTok hack. You can’t always believe everything you see on the internet, especially TikTok, but this is one you can believe in, sort of.
Whitening toothpaste often contains baking soda, but brushing your teeth with a paste made of baking soda and water a few times a month is safe and possibly more effective.
However, unlike the TikTok hack, it is not advised to use it in combination with hydrogen peroxide because it is quite damaging. Hydrogen peroxide alone is another hack on its own.
- Hydrogen Peroxide
You know hydrogen peroxide is excellent for cleaning wounds and preventing infection, but it is also a great teeth-whitening agent that does the job of bleach without harm.
All you need to do is use it as a mouth wash; it couldn’t be easier!
- Phosphoric Acid
One of the lesser-known whitening treatments is phosphoric acid, which is found often in dentist-developed methods in the right quantity to ensure patient safety.
While effective alone, it can be damaging when proper care is not taken, like the methods previously discusses. It is imperative that research is done on how to properly use this remedy.
As long as the user is educated by the guide to phosphoric acid, this method is said to be safe and effective.
- Consistent or Improved Oral Hygiene
Contrary to popular belief, you may not even need additional whitening treatment. A proper, thorough, and consistent oral hygiene routine can both remove and avoid stained teeth.
Do you use an effective technique? Proper brushing according to dentists requires the following:
- floss before brushing, at least once a day
- use a toothbrush that allows the user to reach all areas of the mouth at a 45-degree angle
- brush each quadrant of the mouth for 30 seconds, a total brush time of 2 minutes, at least once a day
- extend brushing to above and below teeth to ensure come health and strength
- brush teeth two to three times a day, with at least one full oral hygiene routine
- rinse with mouthwash as an optional last step
A remedy that requires more daily mindfulness and lifestyle change is using your diet to avoid and eliminate teeth yellowing. There are both foods and beverages to avoid, but there are also naturally whitening foods you can add in.
Food and Beverage to Eliminate
You likely already knew that coffee and black tea are major culprits of teeth yellowing, but there are other lesser-known diet staples that do more harm than good.
Anything containing high acidity or even rich coloring is prone to undoing any whitening progress you make.
Other beverages that cause major teeth discoloration include colas, energy drinks, juices, and red wine.
Foods to avoid in excess include tomato-based meals, curry, and dark-colored fruits like berries.
Foods That Whiten Teeth
Consuming certain common health foods you likely already have in your home is a great method to achieve those dreamy pearly whites.
Strawberries contain malic acid, which protects against tooth decay by helping naturally rid your mouth of food particles.
Watermelon is said to gently scrub the surface of teeth because of its texture, also helping to remove stains. Watermelon, like strawberries, contains malic acid in an even higher amount.
Malic acid also has gentle bleaching properties to assist the gradual, natural whitening.
Pineapple helps when consumed in small doses because it dissolves the pellicle layer that protects the surface of your teeth.
While this layer of proteins protects your teeth, it also creates the perfect surface for bacteria to turn into harmful plaque and absorbs colors of food and beverages you consume, both of which cause discoloring.
Milk, and possibly other dairy products, contains both casein and lactic acid. They work together and with calcium phosphate to wash away harmful bacteria and prevent and repair any damage.
Whiter Teeth Without the Cost
At what cost do traditional teeth whitening remedies come? They are expensive monetarily, but they also often put your teeth in jeopardy due to harsh ingredients and improper use.
Try some of these safer alternatives and spread the word to help others achieve whiter teeth, too.
Before you go, be sure to check out some of the other helpful health tips on our blog!