5 Home Remedies for Whiter Teeth

Bleached, bright-white teeth seem to be everywhere — and while traditional treatments like whitening toothpastes, at-home trays and in-office procedures are an effective way to get there, they can sometimes cause tooth sensitivity and pain. For those hoping to steer clear of chemical treatments, there are a few techniques that can possibly help your smile to sparkle naturally.

The first step is good oral hygiene.  “If something is healthy, it’s going to look beautiful. If it’s sick, no amount of white teeth is going to make it look good.”

Beyond that, here are a few remedies that do work for a whiter teeth & maybe even a healthier smile.

1 – Do it: Crunchy Fruits and Vegetables

Crunchy, crispy fruits have an abrasiveness that can help to lift stains from the teeth and give the illusion that they are whiter. “They’re like nature’s toothbrush.”

Try munching on apples, celery and carrots, which have enough abrasiveness to clean tooth surface without posing any harm to the enamel.

2 – Do it: Flossing 

People underestimate how important staining is that happens in between the teeth. If you just floss, you can remove so much of the staining that’s in between the teeth that your teeth will already look whiter.

And no matter how bleached your teeth are, they won’t look healthy set up against red, puffy and receded gums, so brush at least twice a day on top of a daily flossing.

3 – Try it: Cheese 

There’s a growing body of evidence indicating that eating a small amount of cheese after a meal can potentially help to prevent tooth decay and promote enamel re-mineralization.

Along those same lines, milk and yogurt keep teeth sparkling and cavity-free because they contain the minerals calcium and phosphorus, which promote the re-mineralziation of tooth enamel.

4 – Try it: Sugar-free gum with Xylitol 

Xylitol is a natural sweetener that can actually help to prevent plaque. While plaque feeds on regular sugar, it can’t digest Xylitol. Xylitol also neutralizes pH levels in the mouth and increases saliva production. Saliva is like the natural cleaner that we have in our mouth, It spills through all of the cracks and crevices.

But bear in mind that this works both ways – while saliva can wash away food and debris, it can also carry bacteria throughout the mouth, meaning twice daily brushing and low sugar intake are just as important.

5 – Try it: Strawberry 

Whoever said that sweet things can never be good for your teeth was totally wrong! Strawberries are replete with efficient tooth whitening ingredients that can actually whiten your teeth over a period of time.

You can rub them all over your teeth or brush gently on the troubled areas.  Having said that, don’t forget to brush your teeth immediately after applying them because strawberries contain the much talked about fructose, which is hazardous for dental health.

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