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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.