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Natural Ways to Whiten Your Teeth

We all love seeing white, pearly smiles, and would love for our teeth to shine. However, our coffee, nicotine and other habits make this extremely difficult, and we end up with either stained or yellow teeth, that make us feel we are not getting our money's worth out of our smile! Although there are many whitening products, they don't all work and some have nasty side-effects.

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Here are 10 natural solutions that will whiten your teeth without subjecting you to other problems.

1. Hydrogen Peroxide 

Hydrogen peroxide can be used as its own whitening agent if used as a mouth wash. use a mix of 1:1 water and hydrogen peroxide and gargle for about a minute. This will have the added benefit of neutralizing bad odors and cleansing the mouth from bacteria. 

2. Aloe

The aloe plant has a long history as a healing agent, and although it is most known as skin medicine, recent research indicates it might be great for our teeth and gums. In 2009, the Academy for general dentistry in the US, found that smearing some aloe gel on the teeth may purify and calm down inflammation, as well as fight bacteria.
In addition, it was found that it can be used as a natural tooth whitener, and its popularity as a tooth whitener has risen in recent years. The best way to use it for teeth whitening is to use an extract of the center of the leaf. 

Please Note: Do not swallow the aloe gel as it may cause stomach cramps. Also, it is not recommend for use by pregnant women.

3. Banana

Another natural solution to whitening our teeth is found in the form of the banana peel. Research has found that the minerals inside the peel, such as potassium and bromine, help whiten the teeth naturally without causing any damage.

Cut the peel to little pieces, then rub the internal side of the banana on your teeth and do not wash for 15 minutes. Then rinse your mouth well. Some say the same can be achieved with an orange peel, and the same procedure applies.

4. Baking Soda

One of the most common natural whitening solutions is Baking soda. Some mix it with regular toothpaste until a lumpy texture is achieved while some mix it with 3% Hydrogen peroxide, which serves as an anti-bacterial agent and keeps the teeth and gums safe from bacteria. 

5. Carbon powder 

Carbon is an absorbing material, capable of absorbing toxins, chemicals and acidic stains, leading them out of the body through the excretion system. Since it doesn't get absorbed into the body but only passes the digestion system, it is considered an effective solution to clean toxins. The same effect applies to the mouth cavity. Not only does the carbon help prevent gum disease and kills bacteria in the mouth, it can also whiten our teeth by absorbing the stains that accumulate on the teeth.

Dip a clean wet tooth brush in carbon powder and clean your teeth using little circular motions for 2 minutes. Then carefully and thoroughly rinse your mouth until all the powder is gone. Don't worry, it comes right off! 

6. Strawberries

One of the most popular solutions is the strawberry. The secret to this method is the malic acid found in the strawberry, which removes stains from the tooth's coating, even hard stains made by wine, cigarettes and coffee. The method is to crush the strawberries to a pulp and then mix with drinking soda to get a thick and homogenous mixture. 

Use a soft toothbrush to spread the mixture on the teeth. Leave for 5 minutes and then brush thoroughly with regular toothpaste to remove the rest of the mixture. If needed, use dental floss to get rid of any strawberry seeds. 

However, don't over-use this method, as over time it can damage your tooth coating.

7. Fibers

Many believe that eating foods rich in fiber, like: Apples, pears, carrots, celery, broccoli and lettuce - can be used as a peeling technique for the teeth. The vitamins and minerals in these foods clean the tooth without damaging its coating.

8. Dairy Products

Recent research supports the recommendation to eat a small amount of cheese after a meal, as the calcium and phosphorus increase the tooth mineral coating, creating more white teeth. Milk and yogurt help keep the mouth cavity clean and shiny, and they also strengthen the teeth.

9. Olive Oil
Many will testify to the usefulness of olive oil in whitening teeth. There are 2 ways to use it before brushing our teeth.

One: Add a few drops to your tooth brush.
Two: Drip a few drops of olive oil on a clean hand towel and smear on the teeth. Leave for 10 minutes and then rinse thoroughly.

10. Apple Vinegar

Apple vinegar can get insistent stains out and is especially effective against coffee and nicotine stains. The result is not immediate, but with time (and after thoroughly rinsing to make sure the acidity doesn't damage the teeth), you will see some nice results. 

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