As you age, your teeth naturally change color over time from wear and tear and can stain from the food you eat. Wine, coffee, berries, candy, and many other foods can affect the coloring of your teeth. Luckily, there are a variety of options out there to whiten your teeth.
While we offer professional teeth whitening services at Springs Village Dentistry that can give you that bright, white smile you’ve always wanted, today we want to share some natural remedies that can help restore your pearly whites to their former glory. We’ve compiled our five favorite tips that can naturally whiten your teeth – no professional help needed!
1. Brush After Drinking and Eating
While it may not always be feasible to brush your teeth every time after you drink or eat, this simple trick can help whiten your teeth. If you absolutely can’t brush your teeth after your meal, try drinking water to try to reduce the effects of staining or acidic foods.
2. Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide
While this tip may feel more like a elementary school science experiment than a teeth whitening treatment, creating a paste from a small amount of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda can help remove plaque from teeth. After brushing, rub this paste onto your teeth for about 30 seconds, and then rinse well. Hydrogen peroxide is an antibacterial agent that kills bacteria and, when combined with baking soda, can help whiten teeth.
When going this route, make sure to rinse well afterwards to get rid of any baking soda and hydrogen peroxide left in your mouth. And don’t use this method excessively or it could take a toll on your tooth enamel.
3. Coconut Oil
Some folks report that coconut oil can naturally whiten teeth when applied after brushing. Coconut oil is also antimicrobial, meaning that it can help protect and clean your gums as an added benefit.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar, which is a natural antibiotic and tooth cleanser, can remove stubborn stains. For smokers and coffee drinkers, it can effectively remove dark stains from teeth. You can brush with apple cider vinegar, or simply rub it on your teeth with a finger – just be sure to brush again with toothpaste and rinse afterward.
5. Choose Food Wisely
This one is easily the tastiest trick on our list – healthy foods such as: milk/yogurt, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, and celery not only help keep your teeth and gums strong as well as help keep your teeth white.
For more difficult stains or quicker results, you may be interested in our professional whitening services. Dr. Molta and Dr. Moore can help you brighten your smile with take-home teeth whitening trays.
Don’t waste any more time hiding your smile because you’re embarrassed about the appearance of your teeth — contact our office today for a consultation!Contact our office