How to Whiten Teeth Naturally: 3 DIY Sparkling Smile Recipes


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There are many products out there that can help you achieve whiter teeth, but they tend to be too harsh and can actually compromise oral health. Do you know how to whiten teeth naturally? You actually don’t need toothpaste to get the job done.

When it comes to how to whiten teeth naturally, all you need are a handful of ingredients – no more, no less. These natural, simple ingredients can either complement your current oral health regimen or be part of your transition towards getting rid of traditional toothpaste use altogether. Here is how you can get started.

Baking soda: Baking soda is a natural bleaching agent that is also abrasive, meaning it can help to scrub off debris. It is highly alkaline and will also offset the acidity in the mouth.

Lemon: Lemon is a natural bleaching agent.

Strawberry: The fruit contains a lot of vitamin C, which helps to break down plaque. It also contains malic acid, which is a natural astringent that helps to remove surface stains.

Salt: Salt is abrasive and helps to scrub away stains.

Coconut oil: Coconut oil lubricates teeth, kills bacteria-causing plaque with its lauric acid content and promotes overall oral health. Studies are now beginning to corroborate the long-held myth that “oil pulling” whitens, strengthens and improves the health of teeth.

Here are 3 recipes that show how to whiten teeth naturally using the ingredients listed above.

1. Coconut Oil Pulling

Good for 1 usage

Ingredients

1 teaspoon coconut oil

Directions

In the morning, put a teaspoon of coconut oil in your mouth and, without swallowing, swish it around for 20 minutes. Spit, rinse and repeat daily.

2. Vitamin C Toothpaste

Good for 1 usage

Ingredients

2 large strawberries
2 pinches of sea salt
½ teaspoon baking soda

Directions

Stem and mash the strawberries. Add the sea salt and baking soda. Use a toothbrush to apply the mixture to teeth. Brush per usual. Let the mixture sit for at least 5 minutes before rinsing.

3. Citrus Fizz Toothpaste

Good for 1 usage

Ingredients

2 teaspoons baking soda
Fresh lemon juice

Directions

Add as much lemon juice to the baking soda to form a paste. Use a toothbrush to apply the mixture to teeth. Brush per usual. Let the mixture sit for one minute before rinsing.

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