What happens when your pearly whites ain’t that white? Will you just end up hiding your teeth behind that smirk whenever you get photographed? How about during that much-awaited first date? Hassle, bro.
Having yellow or discolored teeth, or stained teeth from drinking coffee, tea, and or smoking, is definitely a pain in the ass. It affects your confidence. Instead of flashing that smile at that cute chick you see in the office pantry, you end up weirdly staring at her. Who doesn’t want to have a beautiful smile with white sparkling teeth?
We feel you. That’s why FHM searched for effective ways to naturally whiten teeth. Check them out below.
1) Brush after drinking something other than water or eating
The easiest way on the list? Simply brush your teeth after eating or drinking something. This means that you should do it even if you're in the office or at school, and not just in the morning when your day's about to start or at night when it ends. Brushing more frequently is even more crucial if you're a smoker or a coffee drinker.
2) Use baking soda and hydrogen peroxide
Looks like mommy was right all along—baking soda does whiten your teeth. How? Just mix a small amount of hydrogen peroxide with a small amount of baking soda to make a paste, and then brush your teeth with it. The former has anti-bacterial properties and keeps your mouth germ-free. The latter has a gritty texture that will scrub away the discoloration.
3) Gargle some coconut oil
There are three ways to implement coconut oil in your routine:
a) Swish a spoonful of coconut oil in your mouth
b) Add a few drops to your toothbrush and brush with it
c) Add the coconut oil to a corner of a clean wash cloth and rub it on
Coconut oil also has antimicrobial properties so it’s supposedly great for your gums, too. The oil supposedly absorbs all the bacteria in there, so when you spit it out, you also spit out the bacteria. That it can whiten your teeth is another purported benefit. One writer from Bustle.com said that after trying it for a week, her mouth did feel cleansed.
4) Apple cider vinegar may work too
Apple cider vinegar is especially great when it comes removing teeth stains from coffee and nicotine, says wellness advocate Dr. Axe thanks to its acidic nature.
But don't overdo it. Dr. Axe says: “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) Don't throw out those lemon, orange, and banana peels just yet
Take a small piece of the inside of the peel and gently rub it along your teeth. The minerals will be absorbed into the teeth and begin to promote the whitening. Reminder though, the acid content of these peels (especially lemon and orange peels) might eventually wear away the enamel on the teeth.
6) Strawberries aren't just delicious, they're also a great teeth-whitening home remedy
Your favorite Baguio staple also does whitening wonders thanks to its acid content. Simply mash up about four or five strawberries and rub the mixture all over your teeth. Rinse well afterwards.
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