In today’s fast-paced lifestyle, our teeth are affected by daily routine. Tea, coffee and smoking all contribute to stained teeth. No one wants to feel held back by discoloured teeth when meeting someone for the first time or having their photo taken. Finding confidence with a bright, sparkling smile without breaking the bank by splashing out on expensive whitening treatments can be difficult. Fortunately, there are ways to naturally restore the pearly whiteness in your smile without causing damage to your teeth or your pocket. This might be one of the best beauty secrets!
- Baking Soda and Lemon paste
With age and general wear and tear, the enamel which protects our teeth can weaken, revealing the yellow layer, dentin, underneath. The two elements of this home-made paste play an important part in maintaining the strength and colour of the enamel. Sodium bicarbonate is abrasive, making it perfect for scrubbing away surface stains. It can help to restore the Ph balance in your mouth as it’s alkaline, stopping harmful acidic food in its tracks. The lemon juice acts as a natural bleach. Simply combine the two into a paste, brush on for one minute then rinse.
- Coconut oil rinse
This traditional ‘oil-pulling’ technique which involves rinsing your mouth with coconut oil sounds gross, but after a few weeks you will start to notice a difference. The lauric acid found in the oil helps to remove plaque which causes yellowing of the teeth. Your gums and breath also benefit from this magical, multi-purpose oil. You can use solid oil and let it soften or the liquid form. Simply swill the oil around your mouth twice a day before brushing. Rinsing for 10-15 minutes can be tricky so keep yourself occupied to avoid the urge to spit!
- Strawberry scrub
Known to be high in malic acid which can remove surface stains, strawberries may just be the perfect whitening agent. Mash up five strawberries and rub on or combine with baking soda and salt to make a gentle scrub. Apply for five minutes, rinse and smile!
Follow these remedies and over time you’ll have more money and healthier looking teeth-definitely something to smile about.