Unfortunately, our teeth are not resistant to the wear and tear of father time.
Just like how your joints can start to ache as you get older, your teeth can be affected by time.
One of the most common issues that can arise with your teeth as you grow older is their color — as teeth can be susceptible to staining and yellowing over.
If you have noticed that your teeth aren’t as white as they once were, you may be wondering how you can improve the brightness of your smile naturally from the comfort of your own home.
Let’s look at eight fantastic ways you can whiten your teeth quickly without any fancy gimmicks or hassle.
So, the next time you smile, you can open wide with spirit and show off your radiant teeth with confidence.
Watch What You Eat and Drink
Red wine, coffee, tea, soda, dark berries, and any dark beverage can wreak havoc upon the vibrancy of your smile. One of the cheapest, simplest, and most natural ways to avoid yellowed or stained teeth is to watch what you eat (and drink).
Fascinatingly, tea is arguably the worst culprit for staining teeth.
Tea is rich in acid and tannins. The acid helps to erode your tooth enamel. Tannins are a unique plant compound that makes it easier for your teeth to stain. Together, the acid and tannins found in tea work in a double-teaming effort to stain your teeth.
Consider using a straw so you can minimize the exposure that your teeth endure when sipping on iced tea, iced coffee, or any dark beverage.
Brush Immediately After Eating
If you can’t help but sip on iced tea and snack on dark berries, then at least consider rinsing and brushing your teeth immediately after, or soon after consumption. That way, you can satiate your sweet tooth without sacrificing the whiteness and beauty of your smile.
Brushing soon after eating won’t undo all the staining that particular food and liquids cause. However, it can help to minimize the amount of exposure that your teeth undergo.
Use Hydrogen Peroxide
If you want to help remove surface stains from your teeth, then toothpaste with hydrogen peroxide is a beautiful and natural method to try.
In addition to toothpaste, hydrogen peroxide is available in a variety of products:
- Gel-filled trays.
- Whitening strips.
- Brush-on gel.
- Hydrogen peroxide mouthwash.
When experimenting with hydrogen peroxide, consider consulting with your favorite dental healthcare provider so you can get the best results possible.
Use Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a natural method to help whiten your teeth.
You can combine baking soda with apple cider vinegar or rinse with the apple cider vinegar by itself.
The only downside of apple cider vinegar is that the results aren’t immediate. You may have to continue gargling for weeks to notice a difference in the brightness of your smile. On the plus side, apple cider vinegar is all-natural, it’s relatively cheap, and it’s worth a shot if your teeth have yellow surface stains.
You can also try making a baking soda and apple cider vinegar paste. The paste’s contents include two parts of apple cider vinegar and one-part baking soda.
Apple cider vinegar combined with baking soda can make for a smart teeth-whitening solution to experiment with and try.
Use Baking Soda
Baking soda is easily one of the most popular and prominent ways to naturally brighten and whiten your teeth.
You can buy a wide array of toothpaste with baking soda, or you can even make your own.
If you want an easy toothpaste recipe perfect for helping to whiten your teeth, check out this recipe published on the Farmer’s Almanac.
Everybody knows that smoking tobacco is terrible for your lungs and overall health. What may come as a surprise to you is that smoking and using tobacco products can also impact the whiteness of your smile in a significant way.
To maintain a beautiful and naturally vibrant smile, avoid using tobacco products or smoking.
The Fantastic Organic Teeth Whitening Power of Strawberries
Strawberries are your new top-secret organic teeth whitening weapon.
Yes, you read that right — strawberries are now considered a teeth-whitening solution.
The secret of strawberry’s teeth-whitening prowess is malic acid. Malic acid helps to prevent tooth discoloration and is abundant in strawberries.
The process is to mix some mashed strawberries with baking soda. Then, use the solution to smear on your teeth with a toothbrush. After 5 minutes, gently remove the solution with rinse and by brushing using your favorite toothpaste. Check to see if your teeth aren’t whiter and brighter as a result.