October 5, 2016
Mother Nature wanted our teeth to be white. That is why she made them that way in the first place. She even gave us a few things to help us keep them that way. Here are few all-natural teeth whitening options that you can find outside of the hygiene aisle at your local grocery store.
Natural Dental Whiteners
Strawberries – Strawberries contain malic acid. The reason this is important is that malic acid is a natural enamel whitener. Enamel is the visible outer layer of your dental structure. The whiter the enamel of your teeth is, the whiter your teeth appear to people around you. Now, just eating a bunch of strawberries will not whiten your teeth. What you want to do is mash the strawberry into a pulp and mix it with some baking soda. Get it to a paste-like consistency and then spread it onto your teeth. Let it sit for about five to six minutes, and then rinse the paste off. Be sure to brush your teeth afterward as well. The seed from the strawberries have a knack for hiding in between teeth, even after a vigorous swishing of water.
Oil Pulling – This is one of the oldest natural remedies. Oil pulling is about 3,000 years old and comes from the Ayurvedic tradition of ancient India. This method has benefits that extend beyond a whiter smile. Oil pulling has been shown to have a positive effect on preventing the formation of plaque and tartar and on the development of gum issues related to gingivitis. You should use approximately one tablespoon of oil (coconut, sesame, or sunflower) and swish (pull) in your mouth for about 20 minutes. You will need to work up to the 20-minute mark. We suggest starting at five minutes. Be careful not to swallow the oil, and always brush and floss following your pulling regimen.
Baking Soda & Hydrogen Peroxide – Just like what you find in your toothpaste but without all of the additives, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide are a wonderful pair when it comes to cleaning and whitening teeth. Hydrogen peroxide is the whitening agent used in most store-bought brands of teeth whitening products and is an effective oral rinse as well. As with the strawberries, use the baking soda and peroxide to make a paste. Use the paste just like you would a toothpaste. Be sure to get all of your teeth and brush daily, but be gentle. Baking soda is effective at rubbing away more than stains and debris; if used too roughly, it can injure your tooth enamel. Tooth enamel does not grow back, so take care of what you have.
Orange Peel – The white part of the peel is what you can use for natural teeth whitening. The white part contains a natural solvent call d-limonene. This solvent has shown evidence of being an effective dental stain remover. Take the orange peel, or lemon if you prefer, and rub it on your teeth like a tissue. This will spread the d-limonene across the surface of your teeth and let it go to work. This is a much slower method than store-bought or professional whitening, and it may not be effective on some hard-to-handle stains. Give it a shot, and see how it works for you. Be sure to brush your teeth afterward, as the peel does have citric acid in it, and you don’t want that on your teeth for longer than necessary.
Apple Cider Vinegar – This is a method that can yield wonderful results, but it will take some time. Mix the apple cider vinegar with some water, and swish around your mouth. After about a month, you should see some whitening results. You must take care to rinse and brush your teeth fully after using this treatment. The acidic nature of the product could harm your enamel.
Foods To Avoid
Coffee – Coffee is a notorious staining beverage, but many of us cannot function without it. Be sure to rinse your mouth out after drinking it to minimize the staining it can cause.
Red Wine – We have all seen that person at a party who has been drinking wine all night. They walk around with a purple mouth. Brush after drinking wine to help lessen the effects of this beverage.
Tea – Studies suggest that black tea can actually stain your teeth more deeply than wine.
The Bottom Line
Natural teeth whitening is awesome, but will take weeks or months to show you the kind of results that you want. Also, the effects of natural teeth whitening are limited. You will not get the sparkling, whiter teeth you want without professional help. Mint 32 Dentistry can help you get your mouth up to eight shades whiter in as little as 45 minutes.
Call our Alpharetta, GA office today at 770-901-2719 to schedule an appointment. You can use our online form to schedule your appointment as well.