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3 Natural Ways To Whiten Teeth And Have A Healthy Smile

When it comes to making a good first impression, your smile plays a major role in how others perceive your confidence. While it is unrealistic to expect that your teeth will remain shiny and brilliant white as you age, there are several things that you can do to avoid the acceleration of discolored teeth. Teeth become discolored due to stains that develop on the enamel of your teeth as well as within the structure. The good news is that there are natural ways to whiten teeth, as well as help keep teeth and gums healthy. Here are 3 natural ways to whiten teeth and maintain a healthy smile.

Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda

Applying a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to your teeth will not only help to remove plaque and whiten your teeth, but the hydrogen peroxide is also an antibacterial agent, which helps clean gums and keep your mouth germ free. To use, make a smooth paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide (the mixture should be as smooth as possible), use your finger to rub the paste on the front of your teeth and rinse well.

Oil Pulling

One of the oldest methods of whitening teeth is oil pulling. The Ayurvedic method of oil pulling using coconut oil is excellent for whitening teeth as well as "pulling" harmful toxins from your body by way of your teeth and gums. To oil pull, simply put a teaspoon of coconut oil in your mouth and swish between teeth for 5-20 minutes. It is important to spit the oil out after swishing; do not swallow. If you can't handle the taste of the oil in your mouth, simply add a few drops of coconut oil with mint oil.

Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder

Activated charcoal has the ability to naturally lock onto organic compounds, such as the tannins that are found in tea, coffee, and wine that stain your teeth. When using charcoal teeth whitening powder, it will trap the toxins inside of your body as well as whiten your teeth by absorbing the plaque and other compounds that cause staining. Using quality charcoal teeth whitening powder, brush teeth as you normally would, paying close attention to the areas with extensive staining. Rinse well and spit until water runs clear.

It is important to keep in mind that in some situations, yellow or brown tinged teeth may point to a larger problem, such as unhealthy gums, poor dental hygiene, and/or thinning enamel. Also, whitening teeth alone will not help protect your teeth from cavities or protect your gums from disease, so it is essential that, along with natural teeth whitening methods, you also visit your dentist for routine cleanings and exams.