- Oil pulling: This traditional Indian method of teeth whitening is intended not only to brighten your smile, but also to improve your overall oral health by removing toxins. The word “pulling” here is slightly misleading since the practice actually involves simply rinsing your mouth out with oil. This is thought to remove bad bacteria that can lead to plaque buildup, which can stain your teeth. To try oil pulling, simply swish oil around in your mouth once a day for 15 to 20 minutes. Any oil can work, but most people believe coconut oil, sunflower or sesame oil to be the best choices.
- Hydrogen peroxide: This natural bleaching agent not only kills bacteria inside your mouth; it is also one of the main ingredients in many commercial teeth-whitening products, as well as some whitening toothpastes. So there’s little doubt that peroxide is effective. But the question is, is it safe? If you use too high of a concentration of peroxide, you run the risk of irritating your gums and increasing tooth sensitivity. And too much peroxide can damage the enamel layer of your teeth. For that reason, you should dilute peroxide before using it by mixing it with an equal amount of water. You can either use this peroxide-water mix as a mouthwash, or you can combine 2 teaspoons peroxide with 1 teaspoon baking soda and use it as a toothpaste a few times a week.
- Baking soda: This mild abrasive also acts as a natural whitener, which explains why it’s an ingredient in so many over-the-counter toothpastes. But baking soda provides additional benefits – it also helps to prevent bacteria from growing inside your mouth. To try it as a toothpaste, combine 1 teaspoon baking soda with 2 teaspoons water and brush your teeth with it a few times a week. It may not work immediately, but chances are that you will see an improvement in several weeks.
Of course, the best choice for teeth whitening is to visit your dentist for professional whitening services. These natural remedies may work after a certain amount of time, but your dentist can whiten your teeth in just a single visit! Call your dentist today to enjoy all the benefits of a beautiful smile in no time at all.