Unusual Ways to Whiten the Teeth

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Stained, yellowed teeth affect your overall appearance. It can make you look unkempt, unclean. Although you can always use store-bought teeth whitening products, they are expensive and a hassle to use. Worse, these products contain a cocktail of chemicals that are dangerous when ingested! If you want to achieve whiter teeth and restore your dazzling smile, we recommend these unusual but highly effective teeth whitening solutions:

Sip on a Straw

Yellowed teeth are often caused by drinking dark beverages that stain the tooth enamel. These drinks include coffee, wine, and tea. If you love any of these drinks and cannot imagine giving them up, a great alternative would be to use a straw when sipping your favorite beverages.

You see, drinking directly from the cup saturates the teeth with the liquid. Over time, the dark liquid will stain the teeth. And once the teeth are stained, the discoloration is hard to remove. Drinking from a straw minimizes the immersion of the teeth to staining liquids.

Banana Peels

The next time you eat a banana; do not throw the peels just yet! The fruit’s potassium, magnesium and manganese content is concentrated on the peel. You can use the peels to whiten your teeth. Nutrients like potassium, magnesium and manganese absorb into the teeth, gradually whitening the tooth enamel.

To use banana peels as a teeth whitener, simply rub the insides of the peel directly on the teeth for two minutes or so. Do this every night before going to bed. Within a few months, your teeth will appear whiter, brighter!

Activated Charcoal

How can something so dark whiten the teeth this fast? The charcoal also binds with harmful toxins – such as heavy metals and poisons – when it passes through the gut! Activated charcoal is treated charcoal that slough off stains on the tooth enamel. When rubbed gently on the tooth, the finely powdered charcoal buffs away persistent stains that cause teeth discoloration.

To use activated charcoal as a teeth whitener, wet a clean toothbrush and apply a small amount of the charcoal. Brush the teeth as usual for 2 minutes in gentle, circular motion. Spit the charcoal carefully and rinse well.

Crunchy Fruits and Vegetable

Did you know crunchy fruits and veggies – such as carrots, apples, celery, and pears – help whiten the teeth? Think of crunchy fruits as nature’s toothbrush. Eating crunchy fruits gently buffs the teeth, fading away discoloration. The texture dislodges food particles in between teeth too! The acids in these foods also whiten the teeth naturally. For instance, apples contain malic acid. This acid removes surface stains and dental plaques effectively.

Brush Your Tongue

Never ignore the tongue every time you brush your teeth.  A clean tongue keeps the breath fresh by eliminating odor-causing bacteria in the mouth. Brushing the tongue also prevents teeth staining. Oral bacteria will eventually cause teeth discoloration. A sign of a bacteria ridden tongue? The white or yellowish patch on the tongue’s surface.

With a soft brush, brush the tongue from the very back and into the front. Do this using long circular strokes with slight pressure. Rinse the mouth very well and repeat until the white patch on top of the tongue is gone.

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