Teeth staining is part of the natural aging process, but just like fighting wrinkles, striving for perfectly white and healthy teeth is something that many people do not save money on. However, in spite of its effectiveness, a considerable part of the offered commercial products and dental interventions significantly disturb the tooth enamel and increase the sensitivity of the teeth, especially with prolonged use. The good news is that there are natural analogues that can help in both teeth whitening and improving the health of the oral cavity as a whole.
One of the “negatives” of these agents is that they require more time and persistence, but at the same time without the side effects and effects on the tissue of the teeth.
Why do teeth turn yellow?
In order to understand how to whiten teeth, it is necessary to first clarify the cause of their darkening or yellowing. There are several factors involved, the most important of which include genetic predisposition, food and drink intake, and hygiene levels.
The tooth consists of 4 tissues:
Enamel – the most superficial, white tooth envelope, composed primarily of calcium phosphate;
Dentin is a solid substance beneath the enamel that has a yellowish color; It is made up of living cells that produce a solid mineral substance;
Tooth pulp – a soft substance located in the innermost part of the tooth. Containing blood vessels and lymph vessels, as well as the nerves of the tooth;
Cement – A layer of strong connective tissue surrounding the root of the tooth that connects the root of the tooth to the gums and jaw.
The most relevant to tooth color are enamel and dentin. Some foods and beverages directly color the enamel, but most of them act as they gradually tear down the enamel and reveal the yellowish dentin beneath it.
These tools are aimed at whitening teeth that have already lost some of their enamel, but it is also important to take care of strengthening it to prevent further damage.
Soda and lemon juice
Soda (sodium bicarbonate ) is a substance with an abrasive action that helps to mechanically remove the enamel layers. Its alkaline nature is essential to counteract the increased acidity in the oral cavity, especially if you have a preference for more acidic foods and drinks. In combination with lemon juice, the soda neutralizes the acidity of the lemon juice, which acts as a natural bleach for the tissues.
It is best to alternate pure lemon juice with a mixture of baking soda and lemon juice for a few days of the month to prevent the side effects associated with excessive use. Mix a few tablespoons of baking soda with enough freshly squeezed lemon juice (or water) to make a thick paste. Using a paper towel, dry your teeth well, apply the mixture to the brush and gently, without excessive pressure, brush your teeth. Allow to stand for about 1 minute, then rinse. If you use only soda and water, it can last up to 3 minutes.
Berries, salt, and soda
Strawberries are rich in Vitamin C, which can help break the plaque, which is often the cause of yellowing on the teeth. The malic acid in strawberries helps to remove surface spots. Salt acts as an abrasive, and the soda complements the whitening and abrasive effect (you may not use it if you wish).
Whip up 1 to 3 large strawberries, add a pinch of sea salt and half a teaspoon of baking soda (optional). Dry your teeth from saliva and use a toothbrush to apply the mixture to your teeth, shaking vigorously. Allow the mixture to stand for 5 minutes, then rinse. Do this every night.
Oxygen water and soda
Oxygen water is a chemical with an antiseptic and whitening effect.
To use it as a teeth whitener, mix the two ingredients together to create a paste-like texture. Apply to the teeth with a toothbrush, being careful not to fall on the gums. The mixture can be stored in a tightly closed container for up to 2 weeks. Do not hold on your teeth for more than about 2 minutes as prolonged exposure to hydrogen peroxide can cause white spots to form. Then rinse your mouth with warm water. Do this several times a week.
Attention! Be careful when handling hydrogen peroxide as it can cause side effects on the oral mucosa and throat when improperly used! In no case should you swallow or use on gargle!
It may sound crazy, but in fact, coconut oil is an excellent tool for healthy and white teeth. The effect is due to the presence of lauric acid in the coconut oil, which helps to remove the bacteria in the plaque that gives it a yellow color.
Use in the morning before routine tooth brushing. It is enough to put a small amount of coconut oil on the brush and spread it on your teeth. Brush your teeth on all sides for 3 to 5 minutes, then rinse with water and brush your teeth as usual.
If you feel comfortable, you can use these tools in the evening after brushing your teeth with regular toothpaste.
You can use the inside of a banana peel that is rich in potassium, magnesium, manganese and other minerals that contribute to both teeth whitening and enamel healing.
After brushing your teeth, take a peel of one ripe banana and rub your teeth on all sides for two minutes. Then rinse only with water. Do it twice a day.
Turmeric is a herb with potent antioxidant and immune properties. It is known for its ability to paint different materials in yellow (leather, fabric, and other surfaces). However, few people know about the ability of this herb to whiten teeth. For the purpose:
Mix some turmeric, a pinch of salt and a few drops of lemon juice. With the resulting mixture, brush your teeth thoroughly, then rinse with water. You will be amazed that it works really well.
Charcoal black is probably the last thing you would agree to use to whiten your teeth. In fact, people who have used this tool report unusually good results.
The effect is due to the porous structure of the activated carbon, which allows it to bind to certain substances that may be responsible for tooth yellowing (tannins). Also, activated carbon helps to maintain the pH and health of the oral cavity, reducing the risk of bacterial overgrowth and gum inflammation. To do this, just dip your toothbrush in the charcoal powder or pre-prepare the charcoal powder paste with some water. Brush your teeth for a few minutes. Then leave the charcoal on the teeth for a few minutes to allow time to bond with the stains. Initially, you can apply daily for one week. Then, dilute to once a week.
It is important to note that activated (medical) charcoal is not identical to charcoal accumulated under a grill or fireplace!
Eat more crunchy fruits and vegetables.
Apple, celery, carrots are an excellent choice for healthy and white teeth. They act as a natural toothbrush and remove food residue and plaque on the teeth. Not only texture but also the presence of malic acid in fruits and vegetables contribute to this.
Despite the relative safety of the products offered, consult a dentist before resorting to any alternative dental and oral treatments.