Teeth play a huge part in digesting food and drink, so it’s vita that we keep them the best possible condition all the time. However, teeth can discolour regardless of how much we brush, mainly due to certain habits we adopt throughout our lives.
Some of these habits include smoking and drinking far too much coffee, wine or sugary drinks. There are numerous health problems associated with smoking and excessive alcohol intake, so it’s a good idea to start your teeth whitening regime by omitting smoking and alcohol entirely.
Giving up your morning coffee may not be quite as straightforward. The truth is, you can get away with the odd cup of tea or coffee once or twice a day, especially if you take advantage of the following affordable teeth whitening tips.
1. Whitening Teeth the Natural Way: Eating Vegetables Raw
Raw vegetables may not sound too appetising but they have dramatically increased in popularity since health and fitness became more of a fashion than anything else. Raw vegetables are incredibly nutritious and scrub your teeth the way nature intended them to be.
Crunchy vegetables are capable of scraping away any food particles that have got caught in your teeth. These raw vegetables also keep your mouth healthy overall as they help to maintain healthy bacteria levels, unlike sugary foods and drinks which lead to cavities and discoloured teeth in the long run.
Some examples of crunchy vegetables to incorporate into your diet from now on include carrots, broccoli, peppers and celery. Try and avoid processed meals that include vegetables as these won’t have the same effect.
Remember that regardless of how many raw vegetables you start crunching through, you will still have to brush your teeth on a regular basis.
2. Teeth Whitening the Natural Way: Oil-Pulling
Oil-pulling is a weird one but undoubtedly one of the biggest oral health crazes we’ve witnessed in recent years. If you haven’t heard of it yet, oil-pulling works in a very similar fashion to mouthwash, except your swishing coconut oil!
Oil-pulling isn’t actually that new a trend. In fact, it existed many years ago as a natural remedy to maintain oral health and kill off any harmful bacteria. To get the most out of oil-pulling, you need to swish a teaspoon of oil every morning without swallowing, usually for as long as you would with mouthwash.
Once you’ve swished the oil around, you spit it out and continue brushing as normal. There are many different oils to choose from of course but it has been found that coconut oil is the most effective. Of course, this is still a debatable method and certain oils may work differently to others for some people.
3. Whitening Teeth the Natural Way: Baking Soda
When looking for toothpastes that don’t contain the harmful chemicals capable of actually damaging your teeth, you may have noticed that most of the good ones contain baking soda. Baking soda is actually harmful when applied to teeth on its own, but it is one of the fundamental products of non-chemical toothpastes available on the market.
It is certainly one of the most natural ways of keeping your teeth white and acts as a natural cleanser for your entire mouth. Baking soda is mixed with different ingredients to create a much safer toothpaste but you can actually create just as safe a toothpaste by mixing baking soda with water.
You need to be very careful when doing this however, as only a small amount of baking soda is needed to make an effective teeth-whitening paste. You should look to mix 1 tsp of baking soda with 3 tsp of water. It’s also advised that you do this sparingly to ensure teeth enamel isn’t subject to any further damage.
4. Whiten Teeth the Natural Way: A Natural Rinse of Brushing
A really simple and affordable way to keep teeth as white as possible is to make sure there isn’t any lingering food particles between your teeth after eating. As food sits on or between your teeth, it causes the production of bacteria that ultimately leads to discolouring of your teeth. Maintaining good oral hygiene with a natural rinse after brushing around the clock prevents harmful bacteria from discolouring teeth.
After brushing your teeth, create a natural rinse solution instead of the mouthwash solutions you can buy over the counter. They are reasonably easy to make and incorporate either hydrogen peroxide diluted in water or apple cider vinegar. Swish the solution for a couple of minutes before spitting.
In order to make sure the apple cider vinegar and peroxide doesn’t overwork and become abrasive to your teeth, wash your mouth out with plain water afterwards. If you are put off by the taste of the solution, feel free to mix in some peppermint for more of a minty flavour.
5. Teeth Whitening the Natural Way: Homemade, Natural Toothpaste
Our final tip for teeth-whitening is to make your own natural affordable toothpaste solution that specifically targets discoloured teeth. You’ll need a pinch of baking soda and 2 tsp of coconut oil, along with some peppermint extract. Mix all of the ingredients together and store it in a small jar.
If you’re keen to avoid mainstream toothpastes and go for something that’s completely natural, this is definitely an excellent way to go. It contains all the ingredients needed to focus on whitening discoloured teeth.
There are also a few other ways, including natural vegan whitening toothpastes that contain coconut oil, baking soda and some of the other natural ingredients we mentioned above. You certainly won’t regret making the most of these natural, healthy and cost-effective tips when your smile is sparkling once again!
Article submitted by Tom from Dental Healthcare, a Horsham (UK) based dental practice established over 20 years ago.