Let’s explore natural options to whiten your teeth and compare them to professional ones.

How to whiten teeth naturally: Is it possible to achieve the perfect smile with elements found in nature?

Is it actually possible to get the perfect smile without consulting a professional? Let’s explore natural options to whiten your teeth and compare them to professional ones.

Consulting a professional for a teeth whitening treatment can be very expensive, and avoiding coffee and red wine can be disappointing. Both options are a high price to pay for a Hollywood-like smile. We can, however, test natural remedies to determine if it is possible to achieve similar results without spending so much money.

Activated charcoal

Activated charcoal is basically a powder created with wood, coconut shells and other ingredients extracted naturally and oxidized under heat. Using activated charcoal toothpaste is said to remove stains and bacteria from the teeth. After a month of testing, it hasn’t proved to be very effective as a treatment to whiten the teeth.

Using activated charcoal toothpaste is said to remove stains and bacteria from the teeth.

Oil pulling

Oil pulling has been an Ayurvedic practice for over 3000 years, it is said to cleanse your teeth and gums and whiten your teeth. It involves scraping your tongue when you wake up in the morning first, and immediately after swishing a tablespoon of melted coconut oil or sesame oil around your mouth for 20 minutes. After some testing, while it is true that the general health of gums had improved, but it had no major effects on the color of the teeth.

Oil pulling involves scraping your tongue when you wake up in the morning first, and immediately after swishing a tablespoon of melted coconut oil or sesame oil around your mouth for 20 minutes.

Baking soda

Baking soda is already a popular ingredient in toothpaste because of its whitening properties, it is also a mild abrasive that can remove surface stains and creates an alkaline environment that fights off bacteria. If you mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 2 teaspoons of water and brush your teeth a few times a week you can improve your mouth’s health and eventually contribute to removing stains from them.

Eat fruits and vegetables

Raw fruits and vegetables can help remove the plaque away while you chew and contribute to your mouth’s health in general.

Strawberries: Try a mixture of strawberries and baking soda to wash your teeth a few times a week. It is said that the malic acid in the fruit will remove discoloration and baking soda will remove stains. After testing it out there is not a big difference in color compared with commercial whitening products.

Try a mixture of strawberries and baking soda to wash your teeth a few times a week.

Dental teeth whitening

The doctor first applies a whitening gel which can make your teeth at least 14 shades lighter in an hour. It is safe to use and it breaks down deep stains without damaging the structure of your teeth. The disadvantage: they could be very pricey.

Professional whitening treatments can make your teeth at least 14 shades lighter in an hour.

Apart from the last method none of the other methods have proved to whiten your teeth to a great extent. What I would recommend doing is stop worrying so much about the way your teeth look and start being conscious about their health: include plenty of calcium in your diet, don’t underestimate the effects of brushing and flossing your teeth as most of the discoloration in your teeth is a result of plaque buildup.

Always remember that the perfect smile is the one that comes from your heart.

Consult a professional when in doubt.

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Cathy Mason

Cathy has spent most of her professional life discovering homemade beauty remedies, old and new. Using her extensive knowledge of natural ingredients, Cathy will provide expert advice on how to tackle everyday skincare problems with straightforward natural lotions and potions. + info

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