If it seems like celebrities and other famous folk effortlessly attain that bright, white grin, don’t be fooled. A significant amount of work goes into maintaining a sparkling smile, most of which involves expensive treatments and, sometimes, harsh chemicals. Looking for whiter teeth without the time, money and intimidating methods? Never fear: Your choppers can soon complement your BABY-G watch with a few natural tips to achieve that dazzling smile.
Look in your spice rack
Some all-natural teeth-cleaning methods involve forgoing toothpaste, which doesn’t sound like the best plan in the world, and others advise that you should incorporate another treatment to your routine. According to Pure Wow, take a look in your kitchen: Turmeric is one spice that has whitening power. It is slightly abrasive, much like baking soda, and can be used for brushing if you mix it up with some coconut oil. The source noted that turmeric also has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, and if you let it sit on your choppers for a few minutes before rinsing it should be able to take effect. For those who are unfamiliar with the spice, it is often present in curries and is bright yellow in color.
Use your fruit drawer
It’s back to the kitchen again for two all-natural polishing ideas from Reader’s Digest. A combination of baking soda and lemon juice can be used for brushing. The lemons are high in citric acid which can have a bleaching effect, the source said, and when mixed with the slightly abrasive baking soda, the resulting paste will be easy to use on your toothbrush. The source added that since the baking soda is alkaline, it helps neutralize the lemon’s acidity.
Fresh fruit is also a teeth-cleaning option: You can try mashed fresh strawberries. Reader’s Digest suggests putting the berry on your brush for pearly whites due to its acidic nature. Just be sure to rinse with a mixture of baking soda and water after brushing to bring the mouth’s pH level back to neutral.
An ayurvedic practice, oil pulling originated in India as a way to clean the mouth and draw out any impurities. The result? A cleaner mouth and – hopefully – whiter teeth. However, don’t gulp down olive oil and hope for the best. You should ideally take a couple of tablespoons of coconut or sesame oil into your mouth, and swish it around your teeth and gums. Don’t swallow. Not only is it kind of gross to swallow a mouthful of oil, but the bacteria from your mouth is not ideal for your stomach. If you can swirl the oil around for five minutes, this is ideal, but you can work your way up to that point. Rinse out your mouth with warm water when done – and you can even brush your teeth in addition if you don’t enjoy the oily sensation.
Good oral hygiene is key to a great smile, no matter what. You can look for an all-natural, sugar-free toothpaste in addition to some of these methods – if any take your fancy – but if you have any concerns, talk to your dentist before starting a new dental care routine. Avoiding sugar and brushing at least twice a day will help you maintain excellent oral hygiene and stay healthy which is better than artificially obtaining movie-star-worthy teeth.
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