Everyone wants whiter teeth — the faster, the better — but many tooth whitening products can damage the enamel on your teeth. And as you may know, once the enamel is gone, you can’t get it to grow back.
Here are 7 safe tooth whitening options:
1. Switch your toothpaste.
Look for an all-natural toothpaste. Earthpaste uses hydrated Redmond clay and added Xylitol, essential oils, and real salt. You can also try Miessence Organic Mint Toothpaste, which uses bicarb soda (baking soda), spearmint, peppermint, and cinnamon to freshen breath and whiten teeth.
2. Go electric.
Invest in an electric toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes, while initially more expensive, save you money over time. An electric toothbrush removes plaque better than a manual toothbrush and is gentler on gums. It also whitens better!
3. Green means clean.
Make sure you eat your greens. Including kale, spinach, and broccoli into your diet will keep your whites extra pearly. Leafy greens contain a mineral compound that produces a film that covers your teeth and protects them against stains.
4. An apple a day keeps the dentist away.
Some fruits are excellent for whitening and brightening your pearly whites. Snacks like apples, strawberries, pairs, carrots, and celery all produce additional saliva when you eat them. This aids in removing bacteria from your mouth.
5. Exfoliate your teeth.
Just like a good facial exfoliation, a good teeth exfoliation will help you whiten and brighten. Add ½ tsp of table salt to a ½ tsp of baking soda. To help freshen breath, you can add one drop of peppermint essential oil to the mixture. Wet your toothbrush, then dip it into the mixture and brush. Do not use this method more than once a week to avoid damaging your enamel.
6. Just a quick rinse.
After eating or drinking dark-colored beverages such as coffee, tea, or soft drinks, rinse your mouth out with water. This will help prevent stains from setting in your mouth.
7. Oil pulling.
Take 1 tsp of coconut oil and swish it around your mouth for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse the oil from your mouth, and brush your teeth afterwards. Oil pulling is fantastic because it can be done daily without damaging your teeth, and not only does it whiten your teeth, it also helps maintain healthy gums.