Natural Tips for Whitening Your Teeth

Why Go Natural?

Whitening your teeth has become an increasingly popular topic. It is no wonder that many are confused about teeth whitening strategies when there are so many products available on the market today. While I am sure that anyone can open a box of whitening stripsand apply them to their teeth, I am also sure that many are overlooking natural and home remedy teeth whitening strategies. Chemical tooth whitening systems can be harsh on your gums and tooth enamel. For an intense whitening effect, a chemical product may be necessary but in the long run natural strategies may be the most beneficial to your teeth and gums.

Follow these sure to please whitening strategies. Your smile and your health will thank you for it.

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Tips for White Teeth and Healthy Gums

Floss Regularly

While flossing may seems like an obvious choice for keeping your teeth whiter few people realise there are added health benefits to flossing on a daily basis. Flossing keeps your teeth and gums healthy. White teeth will not look white if your gums are red and puffy.

Flossing helps to remove build up between teeth and particles that will stain your teeth. Just by flossing daily your teeth will look whiter instantly. Flossing also has an added benefit. Flossing daily removes plaque which may to contribute to heart disease. Flossing helps to lower the risk of heart disease and may add years to your life. Follow the American Dental Association's guidelines for establishing a daily flossing routine.

Eat Dairy Products

Eating a small amount of yogurt or cheese or drinking a small glass of milk after your meal will help to rebuild your enamel. Lisa Drayer M.A., R.D. says that the minerals from dairy products, namely calcium and phosphorous, help with enamel remineralization. Besides helping to rebuild enamel the calcium and phosphorous help to prevent cavities. Don't forget dairy after a meal to help with tooth whitening.

Chew Gum

Chewing sugarless gum after a meal helps to increase saliva production. The saliva in your mouth acts as a wash to get out particles in the crevices and tight spots between teeth. If you chew sugarless gum made with Xylitol, the Xylitol will help to reduce the Ph level in your mouth thereby reducing acid levels that may lead to stained teeth. Gum chewing does not replace your tooth brush. It is still necessary to brush at least twice per day.

Chomp on Fruit

Fruits and vegetables in their raw and crunchy state help to lift stains since they contain natural abrasives. Celery, apples and carrots are crunchy enough and have enough abrasive properties to clean your tooth enamel.

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Natural Tooth Whitening Recipe

Strawberry Scrub

1 Strawberry

1 tsp. baking soda

Mash the strawberry and add the baking soda. Mix well. Apply to teeth and let sit for 5 minutes. Brush the mixture off your teeth with toothbrush and follow with flossing to help remove any left over strawberry seeds. It is safe to use this recipe once per week.

Strawberries contain malic acid. Malic acid will help to remove discoloration because it is an astringent. The baking soda acts as a buffer to help remove stains.

Hydrogen Peroxide Paste

2 tbsp. hydrogen peroxide

2 tbsp. baking soda

Mix the hydrogen peroxide with the baking soda. Form a paste. Add more baking soda if the mixture is too runny. Wet your tooth brush and dip into the paste. Brush your teeth with the paste so that the teeth are evenly coated. Let mixture sit on teeth for 2 minutes. After 2 minutes, rinse your toothbrush with water and wet brush the paste off of your teeth. Keep rinsing brush and brushing teeth until coating of mixture is gone. Rinse mouth with water. You may use this paste once per week.

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cbpoet 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

Useful information. I tried the other whitening methods with laser therapy. It was one of the most profound, painful experiences ever.


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FalconSays 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

I love this hub page! I have tried over the counter products and they hurt my teeth and gums. Thank you for so much useful information.


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cabmgmnt 4 years ago from Northfield, MA Author

Thanks cbpoet and FalconSays,

Ever since I have had my braces off as a kid, I have worked hard to strengthen the enamel and keep them white. Natural whitening tips work well especially if you use tips that are safe to do daily.


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twilanelson 4 years ago from Carmichael, California

The strawberry scrub is something I had never heard of and I will be trying it soon. Thank you.


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cabmgmnt 4 years ago from Northfield, MA Author

Yes, even eating strawberries on a regular basis will help to keep your teeth white. A nice, healthy alternative.


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dinkan53 4 years ago from India

Having nice teeth is very important in our society now a days. I heard that actress Catherine Zeta Jones uses strawberries to whiten her teeth. What to be careful is teeth bleaching products should not be used without the guidance of your dentist. I must admit that your tips are very useful and thanks for sharing.

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