I may be dating myself, but my quest for whiter teeth all began when this commercial brought the touchy subject to my attention. With all the coffee, tea, and red wine I drink, I knew back then my goal for whiter teeth would be an on-going battle.
The research I’ve done over the years has left me with this list of tips to whiten teeth naturally. All can be done without subjecting myself to expensive whitening procedures in the dentist’s office or dealing with the tooth sensitivity experienced from wearing whitening strips occasionally.
- Swish or rinse with water occasionally while drinking those liquids that can stain. Prime culprits are cranberry or grape juice along with my favorites mentioned previously (coffee, tea and red wine).
- Include strawberries or pineapple in your snack or meal. Strawberries contain malic acid and pineapples contain the enzyme bromelain both of which act as natural stain removers. Yum!
- Choose crunchy foods: apples, celery, carrots, popcorn and nuts. Lots of chewing required means more abrasion to scrub teeth. Vitamin A found in carrots helps keep tooth enamel healthy as well.
- Use a little baking soda weekly to help scrub stains off your choppers. I dab a little right on the toothpaste before I brush, but you could use it solo too or mix it with a little hydrogen peroxide to make its own paste.
- Gargle with apple cider vinegar, which not only removes stains to help whiten your teeth, it kills the bacteria in your mouth and gums to fight bad breath too. I would strongly encourage you to brush afterwards to remove the vinegar after taste.
Bonus tip for the ladies: put on a little lipstick with a blue undertone which will downplay the yellowness of your smile. Choose pale pink vs. nude, berry vs. coral, or rose vs. brick. A vibrant, bold red is supposed to make that smile of yours look 2 shades whiter!
What other tips have you tried? Did they work for you? I’d truly like to learn any other secrets that could help me win the battle for whiter teeth! Also, check out our earlier post about Foods That Stain Teeth to avoid the stains forming in the first place.