How to Whiten Your Teeth Naturally

Posted on: 14 January 2016

Discoloration of teeth occurs due to a number of things such as the drinks and food that you consume and how well you practice oral hygiene. Certain foods and drinks leave stains on the teeth causing them to discolor while poor oral hygiene results in a buildup of plaque that leads to discoloration. The following are home remedies to restore some of the life back to your teeth.

Baking Soda, Strawberry and Salt Scrub

You will need half a teaspoon of baking soda, a maximum of 3 strawberries and a pinch of salt. Crush the strawberries completely into a pulp then add the baking soda and the salt. Before applying the mixture, wipe any excess saliva off your teeth using a paper towel. Apply a generous portion of it using a toothbrush and let it sit for about 5 minutes before rinsing your mouth out. Do this on a daily basis.

The strawberries contain malic acid and enzymes that help take out stains on the surface of your teeth and break down the plaque on your teeth. The salt acts as a sort of an abrasive to get the plaque off your teeth. The baking soda is optional, however.

Coconut Oil Rinse

All you need for this remedy is a tablespoon of coconut oil. Before brushing your teeth, take a scoop of coconut oil and soften it or just let it soften in your mouth. Leave it there for around 10 minutes as you swish it around your mouth and pull it here and there.

Coconut oil contains lauric acid that helps get rid of the bacteria in plaque that aids discoloration. Additionally, it helps keep your breath fresh and your gums healthy.

Water/Lemon Juice and Baking Soda Paste

For this you will need a toothbrush, a lot of water or lemon juice (enough for a paste) and many spoons of baking soda.Take several teaspoons of baking soda and mix them with the lemon juice or water till a paste is formed. Use a paper towel to get rid of excess saliva on your teeth. Apply a generous portion of the paste with your toothbrush and let it sit for about a minute before rinsing it out if you're using lemon juice. This is in order to prevent the acid from affecting your enamel negatively. If you're using water, you can let the paste sit for up to 3 minutes.

Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is alkaline and is perfect for teeth whitening. It's slightly abrasive so it helps scrub away the plaque. Additionally, it counteracts the acidity in the lemon juice therefore resulting in a balanced effect.

If you need more help, contact a dentist.