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Teeth whitening treatments are common these days. Most people go to the dentist for professional treatments that involve lasers and bleaching. Others use store brand products such as whitening strips. Others just use whitening toothpaste. However, there is a chemical in toothpaste, which helps prevent gum disease, but can also cause cancer. That chemical is triclosan. In fact, many teeth whitening products contain the same dangerous chemical.

It is important to know there are several alternatives to use instead for whitening teeth naturally:

Salt

Salt is an excellent home teeth whitening agent and has long been used since olden times to cleanse the teeth. Salt replenishes lost mineral content of the teeth and helps them retain their whiteness.

Using common salt regularly as tooth powder instead of chemical powder helps to whiten the teeth without causing wearing of the enamel or dentine layers. Mix common salt with charcoal and use this mixture to brush your teeth regularly. Common salt and baking soda rubbed on the teeth reduces the yellow tinge and removes accumulated plaque. Rub salt gently on the teeth to avoid abrasions and bleeding in the gums.

 

 

Baking soda and warm water

You may also apply baking soda with water. Mix 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon of water until the baking soda has entirely dissolved. Dip the toothbrush in the mixture and smoothly brush your teeth. Spit and then rinse. Follow up with daily toothpaste.

 

Lemons

Lemon peel and juice have bleaching properties that can help whiten teeth. You can use the juice by putting a few drops of lemon juice on toothbrush and then brushing particularly on stained spots. Lemon juice can also be used in combination with baking soda or salt.

Strawberries

 Applying a paste of crushed strawberries to your teeth can act as a natural tooth whitener. Strawberries contains malic acid, which can soften and dissolve stains. But the acid can also soften enamel, damaging your teeth, says Stanton. If you do this frequently, your teeth may actually look more yellow because as the enamel wears down, the yellow dentin layer underneath becomes more visible.

Peroxide

Not the hair bleach, but hydrogen peroxide applied to your teeth or used as a mouthwash is a wonderful, safe tooth whitening home remedy.  Not only can you use it alone, you can also dip your toothbrush into peroxide, sprinkle with baking soda and use the double-whammy to brighten your smile.

Oil pulling

This is a traditional Aryurvedic practice used to help detoxify and cleanse the body. Along with helping to whiten teeth, it also reduces tooth decay and gingivitis. Sesame oil is the traditional choice, but to see the best results, use coconut oil which contains monolaurin, a very effective antimicrobial against the main bug implicated with tooth decay, strep mutans. Be sure to use a high quality oil.

 

Bay leaves and orange peel

The combination of bay leaves together with orange peel can be one of the tooth whitening at home techniques. Dehydrated the orange peel and natural powder the bay leaves properly. Use this combination on the teeth, to force them to be whiter.

Plaque is the major cause of tooth decay and gum disease (gingivitis). It is hard to see with the naked eye because it is whitish colored, like teeth. Dental plaque is a sticky, colorless, substance that builds up around the gum line. It is made up of food particles and saliva. Plaque can easily be removed with daily tooth brushing, rinsing and oil pulling. If it is left unattended, it develops into tartar.

At first, this slimy layer is fragile and easily removed by tooth brushing. Think of the film on the wall of a fish tank. That can be easily removed with a cloth, if you’re vigilant. The bacteria in tooth plaque are free to release acids that damage tooth enamel. Regular acid assaults on enamel can wear holes in teeth, commonly called cavities.

Plaque prevention should be the goal. Keeping your teeth plaque-free will not only give you a beautiful smile, it will also help reduce your chances of gum disease and tooth decay.

Factors that can lead up to forming tooth plaque are:

  • Age
  • Diet
  • Oral Hygiene
  • Saliva
  • Alignment of teeth

Some foods and drinks are more likely to cause tooth decay and plaque buildup. Foods that cling to your teeth, such as milk, honey, table sugar, soda, ice cream, raisins and other dried fruit, cookies, hard candy, dry cereal and chips are more likely to cause decay than are foods that are easily washed away by saliva.

Did you know that you can make your own coconut oil toothpaste with just a few simple ingredients that you have in your kitchen?

Not only is coconut oil toothpaste effective, with it you can avoid all of the chemicals and toxic ingredients in commercial toothpaste and save money!

All you need is:

  • 2 tablespoons Coconut Oil

  • 2 tablespoons Baking Soda

  • 10 drops of Peppermint oil (optional)

You can make a larger or smaller batch depending on how long you would like it to last and what size container you’re storing it in.

Mix all the ingredients together until you get a paste like consistency. Use it as you use normal commercial toothpaste.

The pH of our mouths plays a big role in determining what populations of bacteria flourish in our mouths.  It’s generally recognized that the lower (more acidic) the pH in the mouth, the greater the risk of tooth decay. (Enamel demineralization occurs at pH 5.5 and lower). V

It takes only a small amount of coconut oil to keep your teeth clean, and one jar can easily last you months, making it a very inexpensive toothpaste. Coconut oil is effective in attacking Streptococcus Mutans bacteria which causes cavities. It is rich in medium chain triglycerides and high in lauric acid.

Coconut oil has dozens of uses, and we already have it in every room of the house since we use it in toothpastedeodorant, in cooking and even as a coffee creamer.

So try out this easy recipe and get rid of your teeth plaque in a simple natural way.