Healthy teeth and gums are a very important part of our overall health. Many of us spend quite a bit of money on teeth-whitening products in pursuit of a brighter smile. Surprisingly, having perfectly white teeth is not always an indicator of good health. There are a number of factors that can cause our teeth to yellow over time, like coffee, diet, oral hygiene, and genetics that can dull a naturally white smile. Rather than opening up our wallets, we’ve compiled a list of some cost-effective ways to get whiter teeth. The products in our pantries or medicine cabinets can be used for more than baking or wound care, they can also be used to naturally whiten our teeth.
Over the counter teeth whitening products can brighten our smiles, but when not used as directed, they can do more harm than good, resulting in irreversible damage to our tooth enamel. A good oral health routine that consists of regular brushing and flossing, seeing the dentist regularly, and eating healthy foods is fundamental to a healthy smile. When you want to do something more, without spending an arm and a leg on whitening products, then look to these natural remedies to brighten your smile.
A spoonful of coconut oil swished in the mouth for 10-20 minutes can help to remove plaque and whiten teeth over time. A dollop on your toothbrush or rubbed onto teeth with a cloth are other methods for oil pulling. It’s a little unconventional but has a long track record of improving the look of teeth over time.