If Instagram influencers are to be believed, the only way to get a pearly white grin is to pay out for expensive teeth whitening kits. What they don’t want you to know is that there are options that work just as well, and can be done with products that you probably have in your cupboards right now!
Is there anything coconut oil can’t do? Oil pulling is an ancient Indian remedy which works to advance oral hygiene and eliminate toxins. This can be done with sunflower or sesame oil, but with coconut oil having so many other uses and a much better taste, it tends to be a popular option. Simply swish a spoonful around your mouth for around 15-20 minutes daily to see a difference.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is another product that seems to have a million uses around your home, such as a disinfectant and natural cleaner. You may be surprised to know that it can actually whiten your teeth, too; however, this is not something you want to use every day as the acid can erode the enamel on your teeth and make them soft.
Baking soda is often found in toothpaste as it is a natural whitener and mild abrasive. It’s certainly not the best tasting option, but regular brushing with baking soda (in addition to your usual toothpaste!) can help remove stains from your teeth. A toothpaste which contains baking soda is scientifically proven to have better results in tooth whitening than one without, so this one is more than just an old wives’ tale!
This is an astonishing one; however, studies have shown that the acid found in strawberries can remove discoloration on your teeth, and celebrities have been known to mix strawberries with baking soda to help buff away stains. The jury is still out as to whether it actually works, but it’s worth a try. Plus, who doesn’t want to eat more strawberries?
Prevention is better than a cure, as they say, and to keep your teeth looking white, it’s important to consider what you are eating and drinking. Coffee, red wine, and dark berries are all delicious but are known to leave stains on your teeth. Avoiding them isn’t practical, but you can help reduce their effects by drinking out of a straw when possible and brushing your teeth after consumption. Smoking is another habit that will stain your teeth, so it’s best to avoid it altogether! Calcium-rich foods such as milk, cheese, and broccoli are essential to include in your diet, as they can help strengthen your teeth and protect the enamel.
There are many bonuses to using these methods – they tend to cost less, are easier to get hold of and are more natural and therefore won’t damage your teeth in the way that harsh chemicals may. So, instead of paying an arm and a leg for a teeth whitening kit to bleach your smile, why not give one of these methods a try instead?