There are multiple factors that cause teeth to become dull and lose their bright, white sparkle.
Certain foods can stain your enamel, which is the outermost layer of your teeth. Additionally, plaque build-up on your teeth can cause them to look yellow. This type of discoloration can usually be treated with regular cleaning and whitening remedies. However, sometimes teeth look yellow because the hard enamel has eroded away, revealing the dentin underneath. Dentin is a naturally yellow, bony tissue that lies underneath the enamel.
Whitening products can be expensive, increase tooth sensitivity and are full of artificial ingredients. We all know that a trip to the dentist office will guarantee us a dazzling white smile safely, but if you’re trying the natural route we have some tips to help.
Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide
What to do: Create a thin paste by mixing one teaspoon of baking soda with hydrogen peroxide in a small dish, use a soft toothbrush to apply the paste to teeth and brush gently for 2 minutes. Rinse and brush with regular toothpaste.
Hydrogen Peroxide Swish
What to do: Brush teeth with regular toothpaste. Mix ½ cup of water with 2 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide, swish in your mouth for 1 minute. Brush and rinse with water to remove hydrogen peroxide. Repeat daily until you see lighter teeth.
Brushing with Activated Charcoal
What to do: Wet toothbrush and sprinkle with food grade activated charcoal powder then brush for 2 minutes. Be careful not to spatter, it can stain! Rinse with water then brush with regular toothpaste.
Coconut Oil Pulling
What to do: Place a tablespoon of organic coconut oil in your mouth and swish/swirl it around your mouth (the way you’d use a mouthwash) for 5-20 minutes. Rise then sprinkle clean, damp toothbrush with baking soda and brush your teeth. Rinse.
It is always a good idea to consult with a dentist or check the opinions of the ADA