6 Ways to Naturally Whiten Your Teeth

bright white smileAlmost 18% ‘usually conceal their teeth in photos’. Having great teeth is very important in our culture today. Do you have yellow or discolored teeth? The sad truth is some people no matter how many times they brush their teeth have stained teeth from drinking coffee, tea, and or smoking.

First impressions matter in this world and having teeth that look like you don’t brush can and will send a signal that you don’t really care about yourself.  Who doesn’t want to have a beautiful smile with white sparkling teeth?  The good news is I have 6 secrets to naturally whiten your teeth.

6 Ways to Naturally Whiten Your Teeth

 

1. Brush After Drinking or Eating

The best way, but not always the easiest is to simply brush your teeth after eating or drinking something. This takes a lot of persistence and can even be kind of difficult depending on where you are at the time. Most food does not stain teeth, but if you are a coffee drinker or if you smoke, you can pretty much count on having discolored teeth from staining. If this is the case then having your teeth cleaned every three months may be in order, besides trying some of the natural remedies listed here.

2. Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide

This works great as a natural teeth whitener. Many people confirm to the fact that it does make their teeth look whiter. Mix a small amount of hydrogen peroxide with a small amount of baking soda to make a paste. Brush your teeth as usual, making sure you brush those back teeth too. Hydrogen peroxide is an anti-bacterial agent and works great as a total mouth and gum cleaner and keeps the mouth free of germs.

Baking soda is a gritty substance like sandpaper so be careful that you have enough hydrogen peroxide mixed in with the soda because if you don’t it can very well scrub the enamel right off your teeth and enamel does not grow back. The paste should not be gritty at all, and in fact it should be a runnier paste than a stiff paste.

Try making your own with this homemade remineralizing toothpaste recipe or this homemade probiotic toothpaste recipe.

3. Coconut Oil Pulling

Can it be true? Coconut oil to clean your teeth? Just when you thought you heard it all when it comes to coconut oil, along it comes to the rescue as a teeth whitener. Some people are attesting to their teeth becoming whiter by applying coconut oil to their teeth after they brush.  But for most people, they are praising the results of oil pulling.  Simply put a spoonful of coconut oil in your mouth and swish it between your teeth for 5 to 20 minutes.  Or add a few drops to your tooth brush and simple brush it on, or add the coconut oil to a corner of a clean wash cloth and rub it on.  Also, coconut oil has antimicrobial properties so it’s great for your gums as well.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

It makes sense that apple cider vinegar would eventually remove stubborn stains on the teeth, especially from coffee and nicotine. It has been proven that it does work but you have to be consistent and it takes a least a month of continuous usage to see results. Some say that using ACV looks like you just got your teeth professionally cleansed.  Be careful, as with all acids, it can remove the enamel on your teeth as well. After brushing with ACV, you will need to brush again with regular toothpaste, preferably a non fluoride paste, or rinse your mouth out really well.

5. Lemon or Orange Peels

There have been reports that lemon and or orange peels will also do the trick of whitening your teeth. Guess you don’t know until you try.  Here again, these food products are very healthy and good for your stomach but the acid content might eventually wear away the enamel on the teeth. So if you use lemon or orange peel always rinse afterwards to be on the safe side. A good oral mouth rinse is hydrogen peroxide because it keeps breath fresh by eliminating bad breath and also is a very good bacterial agent. Use half water and half hydrogen peroxide, swish around in your mouth and leave in for at least a full minute.

6. Strawberries

It has been said that Catherine Zeta Jones whitens her teeth with strawberries. Who would have thought? Tyra Banks tried this teeth whitening trick on her show. She simply mashed up about four or five strawberries and rubbed this yummy mixture all over her teeth. Tyra Banks teeth are already really white from having them bleached so you couldn’t really tell any difference. Some people say this really does work, and if Catherine Zeta Jones rubs her teeth with strawberries, it must be worth giving it a try.  Some people say this works right away. Rinse well afterwards.

Infographic to whiten your teeth

 

Some Natural Whiteners Can Eradicate Enamel

Some teeth whiteners are just not a good idea to use, especially lemon juice.  The acid in the lemon juice does great for bleaching clothes, hair, and getting stains out of furniture, but you wouldn’t want to put lemon juice on your teeth every single day. Eventually the acid creates tiny holes in your teeth and then every kind of staining type food will seep into these tiny holes and remain there. The acid from the lemons is so strong it just eventually wears away the teeth causing cavities.

Can Teeth Whitening Harm Teeth?

Apparently many people are going for the gusto to have whiter teeth and are turning it into an addiction. Here’s what one dentist had to say about teeth whitening strips. “There are people who can never get enough,” says New York City dentist Dr. Irwin Smigel, president of the American Society for Dental Aesthetics. “I’ve had situations where people have needed root canals because they’ve overbleached, where tissues were damaged. You can wear away some of the enamel and your teeth will become translucent and unnatural. They’ll become blue or blue gray.”

Research has shown that teeth whitening products can damage the teeth by removing the enamel. Constant application of whitening strips have been shown to cause erosion of enamel over time and results in tooth sensitivity, especially  with eating hot and cold liquids and foods.

Bottom line is whitening strips should be used in moderation. Teeth bleaching products should only be used under the guidance of your dentist. The best way to whiten teeth is by feeding your body lots of healthy foods for strong bones, teeth and gums and omitting coffee, tea and sugary foods in your diet. If you smoke, stop smoking. And brush and floss your teeth every day!

Sources: curebum.com, msnbc.msn.com, teethwhiteningknowhow.com

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58 comments so far - add yours!

  1. Kathy says:

    For white teeth that still look natural, teeth should be no whiter than the whites of your eyes.

  2. Tom says:

    Lemons are too acidic for your teeth; do not use them. They will seem to have whitened them, but later you will find cavities because of the decay of your enamel.

  3. Tessa says:

    Oil Pulling also helps to whiten teeth.

  4. LYNND says:

    If you are allergic to coconuts (oral allergy syndrome) will coconut oil contain the allergen compounds (proteins)? Or does the oil creation process filter those out?

    Thanks!

  5. debby says:

    are you talking about the same coconut oil you can cook in or is there a specific kind

  6. Rick says:

    I’ve read a lot lately that activated charcoal also whitens teeth. Thoughts anyone?

  7. Neereet says:

    Why dont you give tips hoe to keep srrong teeth… Must say after delivering 3 kids my tooth started to hv holes n breaking… Need an advice…

  8. sira says:

    Can you use any type of vinegar,?

  9. Kate Florio says:

    This is the best article I have read yet – my teeth are brown and I am terrified of going to the dentist and I’m also afraid of using over-the-counter strips. But trying a few of these methods, such as strawberries etc., might give me hope!!!?
    I already do some of it, such as the diet – pretty good, and hydrogen peroxide – as a toothpaste.

  10. Lauren says:

    Hi I have braces what would be best for me?

  11. Wayne Allen says:

    Will try the peroxide and baking soda now my teeth needs help now.

  12. usman says:

    i have a strain on my teeth’s. Can you please let me know what is the best thing that i can apply so that i can get rid of it. THANX

  13. Stephen Bodnar says:

    I would like to get some ideas about these.

  14. michelle says:

    nice. but for how long do i need to use the hydrogen peroxide?

  15. glamfactor says:

    Does salt and cinnamon
    work

  16. Martin says:

    Guys you should check this out they explain how harmful it is to use baking soda or even using those teeth whitening kits, they show you how natural home base ingredients can whiten ur teeth. http://www.homeremedyonline.com/project/natural-teeth-whitening-remedies/

  17. Duane says:

    Can you do a combination of using coconut oil after brushing with peroxide and baking soda?

  18. Udit says:

    I smoke alot can you please tell me what could be best soln and how soon can i see the results

    • Dr. Josh Axe says:

      It’s hard to say when you will see results because I am not aware of your present situation, previous health conditions, present conditions, environment, etc. I would start incorporating the tips mentioned in the article and stop smoking. The sooner you do, the sooner you could see lasting results.

  19. Debi says:

    My teeth are in very good condition but the have a gray color. I am not a smoker or a heavy coffee drinker… But I can’t get my color to improve. I have had professional cleaning to end up with the same color in less than two weeks. What will help me?

    • Dr. Josh Axe says:

      I would try these protocols consistently and then really focus on your diet. Make sure your eating plenty of organic meats, vegetables and healthy fats. I would also cut out all grains and sugar.

  20. Jason says:

    I tried the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide method just now. I kept the mixture rather runny to avoid injuring my gums so probably more peroxide than necessary but just so you understand my mixture. Well it did seem to help remove some staining that was built up that wasn’t coming off with normal brushing. However, this method burned pretty bad and my gums seemed to react fairly intensely to the mixture parts of the gum just above the teeth turned white and the connective tissue from my upper lip to gum seemed to inflame. It is not twenty minutes later and i brushed the mixture clean and rinsed with water a few times and the burning sensation is gone. Was this reaction just due to bacteria reacting with the peroxide? Thanks! -Jason

  21. mrs v bain says:

    how long for stains on two front teeth to go ,, thankcs if i use the bcs +hydrogen peroxide n finish with c n oil, !!would using the c n oil ,stop the b c rb from being too evasive,,,,,,,as i think it would take a least 7 days to have any effect ?.. MY SON USES WHITE STRIPES , ,,NOT SURE WHAT THIS IS ,,, BUT HE TELLS ME HE,S HAD ROOT cal AN proplems ,,,?? ,, cost a fortune ,,, could this be caused from too much use of white stripes,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,thanks ,

    • Dr. Josh Axe says:

      It’s hard to say when stains will go or when you will be able to see a difference because there are many factors that play a part….How strong the stains are, what you’re consistently eating/drinking, etc. I would just follow the protocols listed here and focus on eating a clean diet

  22. Karina says:

    Hello I have yellow stains on my two front teeth but they’re never coming off no matter how many trips to the dentist I take they won’t come off and I hate it so much!! Please help!

    • Dr. Josh Axe says:

      I would follow the tips in this article as well as focusing on your diet! Diet actually plays a part in this, eat foods like organic proteins, vegetables and healthy fats. I would avoid coffee and teas. I would also brush and floss consistently. Using activated charcoal may also be a good option for you

  23. APPIAH-KORANG says:

    Please am disturbed of what method to use to make my teeth whitening possible.
    Please I need your best advice because I cannot afford visiting a dentist.

    • Dr. Josh Axe says:

      I would follow the tips in this article as well as removing coffee, tea and soda from your diet. I would also make sure you are consuming healthy fats such as kefir and coconut.

  24. Katie says:

    I’ve heard that coconut oil pulling does wonders to your teeth. I’ve also heard to be careful with using lemon on your teeth as it can hurt the enamel. I had never heard about the strawberry method but definitely want to try it now!

  25. Colleen says:

    Is it safe to use the baking soda/hydrogen peroxide paste every day in lieu of regular toothpaste? I started doing this & oil pulling this week & my teeth feel great!

  26. maryann says:

    just got confuse,,,,you mean the hydrogen peroxide is the one using for wound cleaning?…can i use it as mouthwash or just to brush?

  27. Shayna says:

    Brushing teeth after eating or drinking is bad it strips the enamel off. wait 30 mins….

  28. Karen says:

    I suffer from bulimia which caused my teeth to become yellowish…will these methods help change their color?
    Thanks!

  29. Nicole says:

    I have used whitening toothpaste, White strips, coconut oil pulling and activated coconut shell charcoal. White strips work but they cause extreme sensitivity and the results don’t last. Coconut oil pulling works wonders to clean and whiten. My most recent discovery, activated coconut shell charcoal seems to be working very well. Don’t let the fact that it is black fool you that it can whiten just remember to rinse and floss afterwards. Between that and the coconut oil I will be rocking a healthy white smile for a long time to come. I am a red wine and black coffee drinker so I need the help! Good luck folks!

    • Nicole says:

      Also use a super soft toothbrush! Feels like you aren’t cleaning your teeth but it is WAY better for your enamel and great way to gently massage and clean your gums. I use the Source by Radius.

  30. Sham says:

    Thanks for impressive tips, is coconut oil harmful if it got slipped in your stomach?

  31. subhan kamran says:

    How can iwhite my teeths with any easy methid

  32. Norma says:

    Whenever you see tribes people their teeth are brilliant white what do the use?

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