Gone are the days of beautiful white teeth belonging only to quiz show hosts or 1950s car salesmen. Today even the British, comically famed for their dental failings, are seeking out new ways to develop a brighter, whiter smile. And the benefits are not merely cosmetic; studies have shown that a healthy, attractive smile imbues the wearer with more confidence in job interviews and first dates. Further research indicates that people with white teeth are seen by others as being healthier, more successful and more trustworthy.
Teeth whitening products have become increasingly popular in recent years; with multiple varieties of pastes, creams, adhesive strips and mouthwashes readily available for those wishing to give their mouths a makeover. However, an emerging trend promotes a more natural approach and this article aims to provide a straightforward guide to some of the market’s healthiest, most innovative and reasonably priced teeth whitening solutions.
In this article we look at some of the more popular methods for naturally enhancing your gnashers to give you the winning smile you’ve always craved.
One of the more traditional whitening techniques, baking soda (or sodium bicarbonate) has a slightly salty, alkaline taste which is not unpleasant. As it is mildly abrasive it can be rubbed onto the teeth in small quantities – thus removing surface stains and bringing back a whiter shade. Baking Soda can be mixed with lemon juice, a natural bleach, to enhance the effects.
Rich in vitamin C, strawberries have the benefit of breaking down dental plaque – one of the major causes of yellow teeth. Furthermore, these wonder-berries contain malic acid which can help remove surface stains.
In a similar way, rinsing with a tablespoon of coconut oil can break down plaque, while also promoting gum health and fresh breath. Despite taking a little getting used to, this remedy is tried and tested and many swear by its efficacy.
Orange and banana peels are rich in substances such as potassium, manganese and magnesium; all of which recharge your teeth’s enamel. Twice a week, simply rub your teeth with the inside of the peel, brushing your teeth thoroughly five minutes later.
Apple Cider Vinegar
The alkaline nature of vinegar makes it perfect for redressing the balance of an acid-rich diet. By just giving your teeth a rub with apple cider vinegar for a few days you can really bring the whiteness back. Be warned though, the taste is not for the faint-hearted.
Drinking a little more milk each day will strengthen your enamel and increase shine due to the presence of phosphorus and calcium. The same can be said for cheese and yoghurt.
These sweet treats increase the amount of saliva produced. This can prevent build-up of plaque.
This natural sweetener, which neutralises pH levels, can now be readily found in chewing gums and sweets. Plaque is fed by sugar but cannot consume xylitol.
Crunch Your Way to Crystal Canines
Eating a large proportion of crunchy vegetables such as carrots, celery and apples will help polish the surface of your teeth and reduce staining without damaging the all-important enamel.
Rinse the Stain Away
If you rinse your mouth with water after drinking coffee or eating meals the amount of residue remaining on your teeth will decrease, thus reducing stains.
Although natural remedies may not give the immediate dramatic results promised by man-made products, with a little patience you can expect a feeling of healthy pride in your newly whitened teeth. And a smug sense of having done it the natural way – what better glow is there than that?