DIY Tips on how to Whiten Your Teeth

To achieve whiter teeth, brushing is not enough. If your teeth are stained because of bad habit such as smoking or drinking tea or coffee, brushing alone cannot bring the sparkle back. The bad news is if the stains are not removed, it can lead to more serious problems such as thinning enamel, unhealthy gums, and bad breath. The good news, there are many home remedies that you can do to naturally whiten your teeth. Here are some DIY tips on how to whiten your teeth: 

  1. As mentioned earlier, brushing alone can’t whiten a stained tooth. But it can prevent it from getting too dark too soon in the first place. It is the easiest way to minimize the effect of harmful chemicals in the teeth. It prevents plaque and other tooth problems. Make it a habit to brush your teeth two to three times a day, preferably after each meal.
  2. Hydrogen Peroxide. Hydrogen Peroxide acts as a natural antiseptic agent that removes bacteria in the mouth.  It is an effective oral mouthwash that makes the mouth cleaner. To use, mix the same amount of water and hydrogen peroxide. Gargle the mixture for about one minute, then rinse. Hydrogen Peroxide also makes the breath stay fresh all day long. It also helps in making the teeth whiter and prevents gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis. 
  1. Baking Soda. Many studies and common practices prove the good effect of baking soda in the overall oral health. Dental products with baking soda remove more plaque than those without it. Make a paste by combining small amount of hydrogen peroxide plus baking soda. After brushing your teeth, put the mixture into your toothbrush and brush your teeth carefully. Make sure you brush all parts of the teeth, including the back part.  Don’t brush too hard as the paste can feel gritty and can lead to discomfort or can rub the enamel harshly. Brush for 30 seconds, then rinse.
  2. Coconut Oil. Coconut oil continues to amaze us with its many uses. This very versatile product contains antimicrobial properties which protect both the teeth and the gums. Many people attest to the whitening effect of coconut oil pulling. To use, put a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth and swish it for 20 seconds. Another way is to dip a clean washcloth in coconut oil and rub it in your teeth. Make sure that the spaces between teeth are covered with coconut oil as well. There is no need to rinse after swishing or rubbing coconut oil as it doesn’t have a strong taste or smell anyway.