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Whiten Teeth Naturally and Inexpensively!

Updated on August 12, 2011

Want whiter teeth without the high cost of professional whitening trays? In today’s society white teeth is a sign of youth, beauty, and good health. Most people would love to have a nice set of pearly whites! Many factors can cause our teeth to yellow including the food and drinks we consume, our daily activities, improper oral hygiene, and age. Excessive consumption of tea, coffee, chocolate, soda, and red wine can yellow teeth, as can smoking and drinking. The good news is that yellow teeth can be white again, and without the high cost of over the counter teeth whiteners or professional dental whitening. There are many natural ways to whiten your teeth naturally, and at home.

  • First and foremost, always maintain good oral hygiene. Brushing twice a day (with a whitening toothpaste), and flossing at least once a day, will maintain your general oral health, and will help combat yellowing.
  • Brush your teeth with baking soda and water mixed into a paste. Baking soda can clean teeth and gums, and also has some whitening properties.
  • Brush your teeth with hydrogen peroxide. This is a great tip, and after a couple weeks of doing it daily, a difference can be seen. Just make sure you don’t swallow. You can also make a paste of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda – this is the best method.
  • Lemon juice mixed with a little salt is another natural whitener, but not a great idea. The high acidic concentration of lemon juice will rub off tooth enamel. Nix this one.
  • Limit coffee, tea, red wine, soda, and tobacco as much as possible, and try drinking with a straw.
  • Drink lots of water! This helps rinse out your teeth constantly.
  • Cut a strawberry in half and rub the inner side on your teeth – it’s a natural teeth cleaner. Or, try crushing it into a pulp, and mixing with baking soda until blended. Use your toothbrush to spread the mixture onto your teeth. Use floss afterwards to get rid of the strawberry seeds!
  • Rub an orange peel on your teeth – this is a better method than the lemon juice. It isn’t as effective, but has some of the same properties as the lemon, without the overload of acid to break down your enamel.
  • Eat lots of carrots, celery, cucumbers, and broccoli! These veggies are natural teeth cleaners and whiteners, and the “crunch” property of them helps remove stains.
  • Don’t wet your toothbrush before you brush, as it dilutes the effectiveness of the toothpaste.
  • Apples have astringent properties that can remove tooth stains. They are also great at preventing tooth decay.

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      Ashley Gray 5 years ago from Colorado

      Thanks Carol7777! Give it a try, I think it works! :)

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      I like the idea of not dipping the toothbrush in water. I am going to try that. This is a great hub and some good information about keeping the teeth white.

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      Hio 5 years ago

      Not wetting your brush is the best thing I have heard. It is so logical and simple I will follow immediately. Thanks

      Regarding peroxides usage I recently read this Feb 2012 EU has banned all peroxide based toothpaste having more than 0.1% as it is not safe and make gums sensitive and worse darken gums and tongue, one may get white teeth but black gums and tongue what a trade of.

      But there seems to be some hope and I would like to share something I read a few days back on the net that there is a new product concept created by a smoker who was tired of having stained teeth. It is called toothbrite Natural Tooth Scrub Gel Paste. Which uses new patented natural organic powder in a gel paste, it cleans all teeth stains within 1 week and naturally deodorises the mouth to give clean natural breath. I for anything natural that is easy to use. Can wait check this site

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      ExoticHippieQueen 6 years ago

      Thanks for the useful tips, Ashley! Those Crest 3-D whitening stripes are expensive! Voted up and useful!

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      Ashley Gray 6 years ago from Colorado

      I hope they work for you! I use the baking soda and peroxide one all the time and it's great! Good luck!

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      Ashley Gray 6 years ago from Colorado

      I hope these tips work for you! It is so true that even just years will turn your teeth off white. For some people, even yellow!

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      Ashley Gray 6 years ago from Colorado

      Try it!! I hope it works for you - it has definitely worked for me andy husband! Thanks for reading!

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      Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

      Great tips Ashley. I like many of these ideas. Eating the proper foods does help. I'm going to try the baking soda a peroxide one. Never heard of that one before but it makes sense.

      Voted Up, and useful.

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      Ghaelach 6 years ago

      Hi Ashley.

      Very interesting and informative.

      Not being so young any more and a life time of eating, drinking and smoking(stopped 15 years ago)all those teeth staining products it's only natural that the your teeth go aleast off-white. I spend Between 5 - 8 min's with an electric tooth brush every morning, but to be honest i only give them a quick brush at night before i go out anywhere.

      I'm going to give your tips a try.

      LOL Ghaelach

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      Binaya.Ghimire 6 years ago

      My teeth are yellow, I will surely try these tips.

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      Brenda Trott, M.Ed 6 years ago from Houston, TX

      Hi Ashley! I'm a professional teeth whitener( your information about baking soda and hydrogen peroxide are dead on! People often blame peroxide as being an enamel stripper but that is incorrect. It is actually the abrasive things like whitening toothpaste, salt and baking soda along with acids like lemon juice, coffee and soda that erode the enamel. Up and useful article!