Natural Ways to Whiten Your Teeth

What Works? What Doesn’t?

woman checking teeth

You think your smile could use a pick-me-up, but you don’t want to invest the time or money for in-office treatments. You’re not sold on drugstore gels or strips either.
Some natural, at-home remedies are safe and can whiten your teeth. Find out what your best bets are, and which to not bother with.

Brushing and Flossing

man flossing his teeth

Good oral hygiene is a tried-and-true method for keeping your smile looking its best. Toothpastes gently buff out stains from the surface of your teeth. Whitening toothpastes work the same way with more ingredients; they don’t bleach your teeth. Flossing gets rid of food and bacteria that could harden into plaque, which makes your teeth look dull and darker.

Oil Pulling

coconut oil

This technique is popular in Ayurvedic medicine. You swish a tablespoon of oil (such as sesame, coconut, or olive oil) around in your mouth for up to 20 minutes to “pull out” bacteria. A recent study found that using coconut oil could prevent tooth decay, but there’s no science to support it leaving a sparkle.

Baking Soda

jar of baking soda

Besides helping batter rise, it’s also a mild abrasive that scrubs away stains. You could try using a DIY paste of baking soda, but you’ll probably get better results by switching to a toothpaste with sodium bicarbonate. Studies show brushing with products that have baking soda will work on surface stains over time.

Apples, Pineapples, Strawberries

woman eating apple

The warm, bitter spice that’s known for flavoring curry is also a natural dye that can turn white fabric a bright gold. Supposedly, turmeric paste can turn dingy teeth back to pearly white. Hold the mustard, though. There’s no solid research to back this up.

Watch What You Eat

cup of black coffee

 

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Foods including dark berries and drinks such as coffee, red wine, and soda are known offenders, but you don’t have to give them up. Enjoy these in moderation, and rinse with water right afterward so there’s less chance they’ll affect your teeth. (Wait 30 minutes before brushing to protect the enamel.)
Smoking and chewing tobacco can also cause stains, which is another reason to quit.

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