Your smile is the first thing people notice.
But do you avoid smiling because of your teeth?
Do you avoid meeting people because your teeth are yellow?
The good news is that there are several natural remedies to whiten your teeth.
Bleaching and chemicals can work. But they don’t solve the cause of the problem, worse they may harm your health.
Keep reading to learn home remedies that are cheaper, safer, and best of all; they work just as well.
Now that you are motivated, do you want to know what causes yellow teeth?
What Causes Your Teeth to Look Yellow?
There are two leading causes of yellow teeth: the staining of your enamel or the erosion of your enamel.
Certain foods can stain your enamel, the outer layer of your teeth. But the real problem is demineralization.
Sugary or acidic foods can promote bacterial growth. Certain bacteria cause plaque buildup that stains your teeth yellow. And the acidic environment created by these foods and bacteria demineralizes your enamel.
Demineralization of your enamel exposes your dentin (1), the yellow layer below your enamel.
Therefore, you need remedies that both remove stains and protect your enamel.
Are you ready to say goodbye to yellow teeth? First, you need to know what doesn’t work.
Avoid These Tooth Whitening Myths
Save your money. These methods are useless at best and dangerous at worst.
Myth #1. Oil Pulling
Oil pulling is one of the most popular teeth whitening remedies on the internet. But does oil pulling work?
One study tested the teeth whitening ability of oil pulling using coconut oil, sesame oil, or sunflower oil. The study found that oil pulling does not affect the whitening of teeth (2).
Not only does oil pulling not work, but it also harms your teeth.
Let me explain.
Your body protects your teeth from erosion by forming a protective layer, known as a “pellicle,” over your teeth. Oil pulling depletes (3) some of this protective layer.
Myth #2. Strawberries and Baking Soda
Using a paste of strawberries and baking soda is another popular teeth whitening remedy. But unlike charcoal (an unproven remedy), this remedy was found to be ineffective.
One study found that using this strawberry and baking soda mixture was no more effective than using water (4).
Now that you know what doesn’t work, do you want to know what works better than expensive products?
7 Ways To Whiten Your Teeth
These teeth whitening methods are simple and should cost less than ten dollars. Don’t let their cost fool you.
They are superior to bleaching or whitening treatments as they also treat the cause.
1. Eat Your Spinach with a Side of Beets
Foods can help whiten your teeth in three ways: promoting saliva production, remineralizing your teeth, and increasing circulation.
Further, a higher salivary flow rate helps remove acid and sugar from your teeth faster.
How can you increase your saliva?
The act of chewing increases salivary flow. High fiber foods like raw fruits and vegetables are the best foods for chewing.
One superfood can help remineralize your teeth and increase your circulation.
Greens like spinach, kale, and arugula are rich in vitamins and minerals that support healthy teeth. They are also an excellent source of nitrates.
Nitrates, found in greens and beets, support your teeth health by increasing your circulation. Healthy circulation feeds your teeth the nutrients needed to maintain and rebuild your enamel.
Now you know what to eat to protect your enamel. Do you want to know the worst foods for your teeth?
2. Stop Eating These Teeth-Dissolving Foods
Sugar is the worst thing for your teeth.
If you drink sugar water, the pH on your teeth drops (7) within minutes into the acidic teeth-dissolving zone. Your teeth can stay that way for an hour, eroding your enamel.
You don’t drink sugar water, but soft drinks and sports drinks have the same effect.
What is worse for your teeth than drinking sugar water?
It’s eating sugary food that sticks to your teeth. These include candies, cookies, crackers, chips, and even breakfast cereal. Also, think of any unnatural or sugary foods.
After eating sugary breakfast cereal, your teeth stay in the teeth-dissolving acid zone for over two hours.
What about healthy food?
Fruits, especially citrus, and herbal teas, are also acidic. Even healthy green smoothies with whole fruits and vegetables can erode (8) your enamel as much as drinking Diet Coke. So it’s recommended (9) you drink your smoothie through a straw which has less of an acidic effect.
You shouldn’t stop eating healthy foods. Instead, there is something simple you can do to protect your teeth.
Now you know what to eat and what not to eat. Do you want to know the best thing to do after eating something sour or acidic?
3. Stop Brushing Your Teeth After You Eat
One of the worst things you can do after eating is brushing your teeth.
Right after you eat, your teeth are still acidic.
Instead of brushing, rinse your mouth with water to dilute the acid on your teeth. Use alkaline water if you have it.
Wait an hour before brushing, so you don’t brush your teeth in a softened state.
Flossing before brushing helps remove (10) more plaque than brushing before flossing. Remember that plaque stains and demineralizes your enamel.
Why is it better to floss first?
After you brush, much of the particles removed from flossing may stay on your teeth.
So after eating follow this sequence:
- Rinse with water.
- Wait an hour
- Rinse again (and floss if you have time).
- Brush your teeth gently.
Now you know how to protect your teeth from acid. Do you want to know what works better than mouthwash for killing bacteria and removing plaque?
4. Make Homemade Mouthwash For Pennies
Mouthwash is designed to kill bacteria at any cost, the cost being your health.
Are you ready for the good news?
Rinsing with green tea removes (13) plaque better than chlorhexidine. So using green tea as a mouthwash is safer, cheaper, and more effective.
One study found that rinsing with green tea inhibits (14) the growth of plaque bacteria on teeth. Rinsing with green tea for seven minutes cut the number of plaque-causing bacteria nearly in half.
Rinsing with green tea 20 minutes before eating can prevent the pH on your teeth from dropping into the cavity forming zone.
Recommended: Green Tea Powder Matcha green tea powder is perfect for making green tea, adding to smoothies, and as a natural mouth wash.
Consider adding amla berry (Indian Gooseberry) powder to your green tea mouthwash. Amla berry doesn’t kill the bacteria like green tea, but it suppresses (15) its plaque-forming abilities.
Make homemade mouthwash that is better than anything you can buy. The ingredients should cost about $30, but they should last at least six months.
Mix a half teaspoon of green tea powder and amla berry powder and water in a bottle (about 16 ounces or a liter). Rinse with it before and after eating. And keep it in the refrigerator.
If you have a machine that produces alkaline water, use it in your mouthwash.
Now you have a solid foundation for how to protect and rebuild your enamel. Are you ready for a faster way to whiten your teeth?
5. Use Toothpaste With Special Powder Power
Not only is baking soda one of the cheapest products you can buy, but it can also help whiten your teeth.
Baking soda helps clean your teeth two ways: it scrubs stains and raises the pH of your teeth.
An alkaline environment in your mouth keeps your teeth from eroding from acid and prevents (16) bacterial growth.
There aren’t any studies showing that baking soda alone whitens teeth. Several studies, however, show that the higher the concentration of baking in toothpaste, the better it is at removing (17) yellow stains.
Further, other studies found that toothpaste containing baking soda was better at removing (18) plaque than toothpaste without it.
Look for this.
Look for a natural toothpaste with simple ingredients. Baking soda is often listed as sodium bicarbonate on product labels.
Or, make homemade toothpaste for pennies.
First, mix one tablespoon of baking soda with two tablespoons of water. You can also try mixing baking soda with hydrogen peroxide, green tea, or amla berry powder.
Now you have naturally powerful toothpaste and mouthwash. Do you want to know how to bleach your teeth naturally?
6. Try This Natural Bleaching Agent
You’ve most likely used hydrogen peroxide to disinfect wounds because of its bacteria-killing properties. But it can also kill bacteria in your mouth.
Hydrogen peroxide is (19) also a powerful natural bleaching agent. That’s why it’s a common ingredient in most teeth whitening products.
Unfortunately, there aren’t any studies to show hydrogen peroxide’s teeth whitening ability by itself. But several studies show that toothpaste containing hydrogen peroxide and baking soda is effective.
One study found that brushing with a toothpaste containing baking soda and hydrogen peroxide twice per day helped whiten (20) teeth 62% in six weeks.
Heavily diluted hydrogen peroxide appears (21) safe to use on a consistent basis as long as the exposure is short. But high concentrations, overuse, or long exposures can damage your teeth.
Do not swallow hydrogen peroxide, even diluted concentrations.
How can you use hydrogen peroxide?
You can use diluted hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash. The most common concentration is 3%, but you should dilute this by mixing it with water.
You can also use peroxide with baking soda in your homemade toothpaste. Combine two teaspoons of diluted peroxide with one teaspoon of baking soda and brush gently.
Remember to use heavily diluted peroxide and don’t overuse it as it could erode your enamel.
Learn how to make your own toothpaste in this short video.
7. Use Charcoal to Whiten Your Teeth
This remedy isn’t scientifically proven, but it seems to work.
Whenever I got sick, my doctor told me to drink activated charcoal in water. Not only did it take care of my stomach bug, but it also made my teeth whiter.
There aren’t any studies showing that charcoal helps whiten teeth, but many people have seen results.
Many teeth whitening products contain activated charcoal. But activated charcoal is inexpensive and easy to use.
Activated Charcoal Powder: I bought this activated charcoal powder three years ago I haven’t run out. I’ve used it for everything from whitening teeth, stomach bugs, and removing odors.
Activated charcoal is one of the most absorbent substances on the planet. Supposedly, it can absorb the stains on your enamel.
You can sprinkle some activated charcoal on your toothbrush with water and brush your teeth gently. Your teeth will look black, but it will rinse away.
Before you brush next, want to know what’s on your toothbrush before you put it in your mouth?
How Often Should You Replace Your Toothbrush?
The Centers For Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) recommends replacing your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months. But they also advise replacing it sooner if the bristles wear out.
Why replace your toothbrush sooner?
Your toothbrush can grow biofilms of tooth decay bacteria. But the bacteria is not always from your mouth. A single toilet flush can blast millions of bacteria into the air that can nestle on your nice moist toothbrush.A single toilet flush can blast millions of bacteria into the air that can nestle on your nice moist toothbrush.
How To Keep Your Toothbrush Clean
- Disinfect (22) your toothbrush by soaking it in white vinegar for ten minutes, or vinegar diluted in half with water
- Don’t share your toothbrush
- Don’t keep your toothbrush in a closed container, which can promote bacterial growth
Now that you know what works and what doesn’t work, what will you do?
Are You Ready To Smile Again?
Maybe you didn’t know what to do before today.
Or you’re surprised at what you were doing wrong.
Now that you know what works, you can laugh at all the bad advice you’ve heard.
Even though you haven’t made any changes yet, you have something you didn’t know this morning.
You have a newfound confidence that a better smile is possible, and it costs less than you thought.
Follow these simple steps, but don’t wait to start smiling again.