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How to Whiten Your Teeth at Home

How to Whiten Your Teeth at Home
Written by Oana Schneider

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.

2. Tea 

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.

3. Cheese 

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

How to Whiten Your Teeth at Home

An Apple a Day Is Also Good for Your Teeth!

4. Fruits 

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!

6. Vegetables

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.

7. Seeds

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.

8. Water 

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 You 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.

How to Whiten Your Teeth at Home

It’s Never Too Soon to Care About Your Dental Hygiene!

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 to the camera!

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How to Whiten Your Teeth at Home

About the author

Oana Schneider

Oana Schneider is a published author located in Chicago, Illinois, who currently works for DontPayFull.com as a communication specialist and blog editor. She writes about lifestyle, family budget, has a degree in Communications and advocates for women’s rights. Her future plans include getting a Labrador and losing a few pounds.

32 Comments

  • I love using baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. It’s a truly magical combination that can whiten the teeth far better than consumer products in some cases. Each person seems to use a different mixture amount of these two items, but I go with a little more baking soda than hydrogen peroxide. The only issue here is that the mixture doesn’t exactly taste good while in the mouth.

  • Amazing post! I always feel that my teeth aren’t as white as I would like, so using these tips will surely give them a boost in pearliness! I already eat a lot of fruits as my snacks, but I don’t really eat many apples… I do eat a lot of mangoes and other tropical fruits, though! I think I should try to incorporate some more apples and pears into my diet (interestingly, I’ve just gone on a pear rampage recently, and stocked up on piles of them. Time to dig in!) Herbs and vegetables are great, too. I don’t really eat a lot of herbs or add them to my dishes, but I think I’ll definitely start doing that. I tend to cook my dishes, though, so I’m not sure if those herbs will have the same effect after sizzling in a pan, and it’s the same thing with vegetables… oh well! I absolutely love adding seeds to my salads, so I’m already on my way to cleaner teeth. Also, you mentioned coconut oil pulling. I’ve actually heard of that before, and I do drink coconut oil regularly. I love its refreshing taste! The lemon peel and apple cider vinegar seem quite interesting, as I would have thought that the acids might break down your teeth; but in fact, they actually serve as a whitening agent. I’ll have to give those a try. Awesome tips. This saves me a lot of money from getting a professional treatment! Thanks for sharing!

  • Whitening teeth can be harmful! However using natural things is something totally different!! This really helped me.

    • All forms of teeth whitening are harmful to the teeth to some degree because most methods rely upon exfoliation and abrasiveness. This applies to chemical and natural teeth whitening solutions, some options are just less abrasive than the others. So it’s disingenuous to say that natural remedies are different than regular teeth whitening solutions.

  • Mmmm, coconut oil…What else can’t this wonder oil not do? I live near the coast, so it’s easy to get coconut oil at cheap prices. We use the oil mainly for cooking and moisturizing but I didn’t know it could help in teeth whitening. I’ll sure start using it for my teeth and see the changes that it’ll do.

  • I love the strawberry suggestion. Many people think that strawberries would stain your teeth, but in reality they whiten them! I also brush my teeth pretty regularly with baking soda and I notice a big difference. Many people feel you need fluoride but it is simply not true. I have also tried swishing coconut oil in my mouth and not only do I notice whiter teeth, but I notice a better taste in my mouth as well.

  • This post is amazing!! I never knew that some foods could clean our teeth. I’m gonna start using these tips immediately!!!

  • I’ve always wanted my teeth to be a little bit whiter but outside of using whitening toothpaste I haven’t really done too much about it. I’m not really familiar with chemical whiteners and thus have always been a little bit hesitant to try them. Knowing that these methods are natural makes me feel a bit better about using them.

    I love how this isn’t just a list of treatments but foods too. I love most of the foods mentioned on this list (strawberries, salmon, kiwi) and knowing that they’re good for my teeth makes them even better! I’m definitely going to keep this list handy and try some of these things out, thank you!

  • I used to only brush twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. This was a long time ago. Back then I didn’t care about the color of my teeth. Excessive drinking of coffee and booze, and smoking made them very brown. Since then I brush three times a day with just the regular brand, after every meal, and to my surprise it actually worked. I didn’t even have to go to dentist to get my teeth whitened.

  • Dairy, such as, [raw] milk, butter, cheese?! Incredible logic to think about why these ‘politically incorrect’ food are really, and truly good for our body. Coconut oil is another discovery– amazes me to be reminded why this oil is so good, health-wise.

    Another thing you’ve written: apple cider vinegar and lemon peel. It’s the Vit. C that does the work, right? Wow!

  • This article talks mostly about natural remedies, which is fine. I’d, however, try to avoid teeth whitening toothpaste, as they contain abrasive agents that can harm the enamel of the teeth. Once the enamel wears out, one would experience sensitivity, which is a very big problem to face. I prefer drinking plenty of water, which naturally keeps your teeth clean and also gargle vigorously to spit out any food particles trapped between the teeth.

  • I find that mixing fresh lemon juice with baking soda works for me…… I started by doing it once every two weeks until my teeth became a lovely shade of white and from then I did it roughly once a month when I see that they are turning a bit discoloured. I am so happy with the results and all my friends think I have spent hundreds getting them professionally whitened!

  • I like that you provided all of these natural foods that whiten teeth! Adding at least one of these to every meal, and swapping out my snacks, would be a good way to start on this I think. Also, I would never have guessed that some meats can help whiten teeth.

  • A teeth whitening is something that I’m going thinking about doing for my kids. Well, that’s what they’re in need of at the moment since the last time our dentist checked up on them about 6 months ago. During that period they definitely forgot to brush their teeth even though my wife kept telling them to do so.

  • For a while now, I’ve been wanting to whiten my teeth, but the cost of having it done professionally isn’t something I can afford right now. That being said, I’ve heard of the hydrogen peroxide and baking soda solution suggested above, and it seems like it would be very effective. However, isn’t hydrogen peroxide toxic if ingested, or in this solution, is the active amount so small that it doesn’t make a difference?

    • It’s best not to ingest it. However, if you do, the amount will not be large enough to harm you. Worst case scenario, you will have a really weird taste in your mouth. Hydrogen peroxide is also used to clean wounds, applied on opened cuts and so on, and it’s still safe. On a personal note, though, this is what I use for my teeth and I’ve never ever had problems. Hope this helps.
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  • Oh hey, I remember my dentist talking to me about applying baking soda on the tip of my son’s toothbrush. His advice came after finding a cavity on one of his teeth and also smelling his breath. Hearing that from my dentist sure got me nervous that my wife and I are ready to get on top that issue.

    • Bleaching your teeth for whitening purpose can be harmful in the long run. My dentist suggested that we should use home remedies like apple cider vinegar or baking soda in moderation for natural teeth whitening.

  • Great advice for whitening your teeth on a budget! I have never heard of the lemon peel method but I will definitely give it a shot, even if it’s just to see if it will work. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Wow, I had no idea something as simple as adjusting your diet could have such an affect! I also never knew that tea in moderation could actually help whiten your teeth, I had only ever heard that it would yellow them. I guess I can go back to drinking that daily cup every morning! I will definitely have to initiate a couple of these, thanks so much for writing!

  • I have brown marks on my teeth and my dentist told me that whitening products are very harmful for your teeth, but these natural remedies should be fine. I use apple cider vinegar for many things, but I didn’t know I could use them to whiten my teeth. Lemon peel also sounds like something I would like to try since my teeth are strong and if you rinse immediately with water it will be OK. I have also heard before that rubbing the inside of a banana peel on your teeth is good, I have tried it a couple of times, but probably not enough to see a result.

    I love tea and drink a few cups a day, but usually green tea, it is nice to know that it is good for my gum. Thanks for this lovely article.

  • Hi
    Great Post!
    I really appreciate your post. It seems really beneficial. I love using baking soda and lemon juice. It is excellent combinations and give instant results. You can see the results in just 4 weeks.The baking soda and lemon juice works but it is best done by mixing fresh on a daily basis and not by storing since the acid in the lemon and most of the other properties of the lemon mixed with the baking soda effect the way the paste performs. Try it for a week then give it a break though since you don’t want to damage the enamel of your teeth. It definitely made my white!

    Thanks for sharing this post. Keep sharing!

  • Nowadays cost for the teeth whitening is worried me more than a tooth color. I’m searching for the tips to whiten my smile in the home itself over past 6 months now I got some valuable tips.

  • There are so many natural methods to whiten our teeth at home.These tips are amazing.Thanks for sharing this post

  • I love hearing hidden gems for natural remedies to teeth stains. I will definitely have to try some of these. Great post!

  • Wow nice tips. I never knew lemon peel could help whiten your teeth. Amazing tips. Coconut oil pulling also seems like a great method. I too feel like bleaching the teeth for a long time could be harmful.

  • Wow, what great information! I love that these are ways to whiten teeth without using harsh chemicals that can damage your enamel. Thank you for sharing!

  • Great tips! Your tips are flexible to use for whiten teeth with using natural food. I recommend Lemon for Teeth cleaning and teeth whitening.

  • I happy to hearing about natural things to use for teeth whitening. Also i find Various natural solutions here… Thanks..

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