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Whiten Teeth Naturally and Inexpensively!
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.
Check out other information on oral health!
- Maintaining Good Dental Care Habits - Dental Health - EverydayHealth.com
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