We know just how expensive it is to get a professional whitening treatment, and that’s why we thought about sharing our little tips and tricks with you. Also, believe it or not, there are a few very interesting ways to clean your teeth without purchasing anything in particular. Stay tuned and find out which those inexpensive ways to whiten your teeth at home are!
10 Foods That Clean Your Teeth
Ever wondered how come some people have such great teeth without going above and beyond for their dental care? Well, the answer is: they eat healthy food, great ingredients that naturally clean their pearly whites. You may also want to include these foods in your everyday meals:
1. Dairy Products
First of all, milk and yogurt are the best sources of calcium, which is the key component for your bone structure and therefore teeth. Plus, their acidity level is very low, which means that they don’t affect your teeth in any way. Also, they are low in decay-inducing sugars.
Yes, too much tea will cause your teeth to turn yellow or brownish. But as long as you don’t sweeten your tea and drink one or two cups every day, you are all good! In case you didn’t know, green tea contains polyphenol antioxidant compounds that prevent and reduce gum diseases as well as plaque. Not to mention it does wonders in case of really bad breath! You can either drink the infusion or gargle, if you’re only using it for your oral health.
If you don’t really like cheese, at least eat it for its cavity-fighting agents and all its vitamins that have the ability to strengthen your gums and enamel. The active ingredient is phosphate (responsible for the good pH in your mouth, the enamel, the saliva production while also protecting your mouth from bacteri
Ever took a bite out of an apple and felt like your teeth were a lot smoother all of a sudden? That’s because fruits like apples, pears, kiwis and strawberries are made of abrasive particles that rub off the unwanted residue on your teeth. Plus, they all contain vitamin C, which holds all the cells together. Without it, your gums would, well…rotten.
5. Freshly picked herbs
Few people know that most cases of bad breath have nothing to do with the stomach, but with our oral hygiene. In fact, we build up so much bacteria in our mouth that just brushing our teeth is no longer enough. If that is the case, try chewing parsley, cilantro or mint. Of course, you can mix them altogether and prepare a healthy and delicious salad!
Another vitamin crucial for the health of your enamel is vitamin A, which you can find in pumpkins, carrots, sweet potatoes and broccoli. Of course, it’s best to eat these vegetables raw, but if that’s too much for you, at least try not overcooking them. When exposed to extreme heat, the vitamins reduce their intensity and therefore benefits for your body.
Eat them raw by adding them in your salads or everyday snacks. You can choose sesame seeds (also rich in calcium), poppy seeds or even pumpkin seeds.
Yes, drink as much water as you can. Although it doesn’t contain many active ingredients, it cleans your mouth, flushing all the bacteria down your throat to your stomach, where they are destroyed, and help produce new saliva.
9. Certain sources of animal protein
Another important agent when it comes to the health of your teeth is phosphorus, which can be found in beef, turkey, chicken, eggs and salmon. And the good news is that you don’t have to eat them raw, since phosphorus is heat resistant.
10. Whole grains
In order to be healthy, your gums need the vitamin B complex and iron, plus magnesium, also present in your bone structure. But whole grains are most famous for being rich in fiber (helps you produce healthy saliva). You can find all these active ingredients in bran, brown rice and even pasta, provide that you don’t eat too much of it.
5 Ways to Naturally Whiten Your Teeth at Home
If smiling for the camera is a longtime dream of yours and you almost never show off your teeth in public, then you might need to follow the following instructions:
1. Brush after every meal or drink
As ridiculous as it may sound, you shouldn’t let food be deposited on and in between your teeth, so make sure to pack an electric toothbrush with you. Choose one that’s not very harsh on your teeth but can cover pretty much the entire enamel surface. Healthy food doesn’t stain your teeth, but if you are a coffee drinker or enjoy all kinds of sauces, this is definitely something to keep in mind.
2. Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide
Mix equal parts of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide until you obtain a paste. Use it to brush your teeth, as usual, both front and back. Most people notice a change in color after a week, so if it takes longer, don’t worry, it’s probably because there’s just a lot of staining on your teeth.
3. Coconut oil pulling
Believe it or not, there are people claiming that coconut oil has made their teeth whiter. If you want to give this a go, here’s what you need to do: either apply coconut oil on your teeth after brushing or put a teaspoon of coconut oil in your mouth and rinse your mouth with it, swishing it between your teeth for 5-10 minutes (if you can do it for more than that, go for it!).
4. Apple cider vinegar
Thanks to its acidity, apple cider vinegar can remove stains without damaging your enamel, but you have to be consistent and don’t forget to take it every day for a whole month. Most people choose to drink a teaspoon of apple vinegar a day, but you can also dip a toothbrush in it and then use it to brush your teeth.
5. Lemon Peel
Some people like using lemon peel to clean their teeth, but since the acids are quite harsh on one’s teeth, you better make sure to rinse with plenty of water after you apply this treatment. So here’s how they do it: just rub lemon peels onto their teeth for 5 minutes and then rinse with water. Those who want to be safe generally use a mix of water and hydrogen peroxide in order to eliminate any unwanted residues.
It’s up to you to take good care of your mouth and teeth, which is why the best thing you can do is pay attention to what you eat. Then, brush your teeth regularly: the dentists advise you to do that twice a day, but you may want to brush three or four times, in which case you’ll need to carry a toothbrush in your purse/bag at all times.
However, in case of cavities or severe pain, see a dentist and don’t try to address the situation yourself, at home. You might be doing more harm than good. We know dental care is expensive, but if you pay a little attention to your oral hygiene, you can postpone a few medical interventions in time. Stay healthy and smile at the camera!
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