As one of your most poignant and charming physical characteristics, your smile is worth showing off. If you have beautiful teeth but they seem to be a bit stained or yellowed, then you may want to consider whitening them in order to show off your smile even more than usual. However, if you only suffer from things such as surface stains, then you should be able to remove those from the comforts of your own home. And although whitening toothpastes and strips are great at getting your teeth a bit whiter, you may want to consider taking an all-natural approach. Read on to learn more.
A few years ago, oil pulling took the health and beauty industry by storm when it was revealed that it not only helps to rid your mouth of toxins but it helps to whiten your teeth as well. What is oil pulling exactly? As an ancient technique, oil pulling involves taking an oil— typically coconut— and placing it in your mouth. Once the oil is in your mouth, you are supposed to move it around your mouth with your tongue for about 10-20 minutes without swallowing any of it. As the oil heats up in your mouth, it will naturally grab any plaque, tartar, or bacteria that is contributing to the color of your teeth and leave you with a white looking smile.
This clear liquid isn’t just good at getting rid of bacteria on your skin due to a nasty fall or burn. In fact, hydrogen peroxide is actually the main ingredient used in over-the-counter whitening toothpastes in order to give you a more sparkly looking smile. When using hydrogen peroxide to whiten your teeth, simply mix two tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide with one tablespoon of baking soda and swish it around your mouth for about 30 seconds— make sure that you don’t swallow any of the mixture because it could make your stomach sick.
If your teeth are only subtly stained with surface stains, then consider trying one of the above teeth whitening techniques. However, if your teeth are severely stained due to other ailments, then schedule an appointment with Dr. Joel Smith to have them professionally whitened.