Having yellow, stained teeth can be enough to stop anyone from smiling, and with coffee, red wine, tea, citrus fruits, berries and numerous other culprits common in our diet, it can be hard to keep your smile looking bright and healthy. Even though teeth bleaching is a common cure for yellow teeth, not everyone wants to use chemicals and others struggle to afford it. So here are some natural alternative ways in which you can help keep your teeth white that won't break your bank
Brush after staining foods or drink - One of the simplest ways to help keep your teeth healthy and white is by brushing regularly, including after you have enjoyed foods or drink that is renowned for causing stains, such as coffee, red wine, cherries, and beetroot.
This being said, you need to be careful not to over brush your teeth and remove your enamel. Opt for a medium or soft bristled toothbrush and work the brush in gentle circular motions instead of forceful back-n-forth motions.
Floss daily - Not everyone does it, but flossing is a really important part of dental maintenance. Not only does it help prevent cavities, it also helps keep your gums strong and healthy.
Apple Cider Vinegar - Apple cider vinegar, a common household item, not only works as a natural antibiotic, cleansing and cleaning your teeth and gums, it also works to remove stains. It is naturally acidic and helps break down plaque. It also contains acetic acid, magnesium, potassium, probiotics and different enzymes that all work to kill off bad bacteria and encourage the growth of good bacteria in your mouth.
Try dipping your toothbrush in apple cider vinegar and doing a once over brush, before you commence your normal teeth brushing. They key for removing stains is consistency, so try it out for a month and see how you go!
Coconut Oil Pulling - This might sound odd, but thousands swear by coconut oil pulling as a means of protecting their teeth and enhancing their whiteness. Done by swishing a spoonful of coconut oil around your mouth from anywhere between 5-20 minutes, coconut oil contains antimicrobial properties that also work to cleanse and protect your gums as well.
Activated Charcoal - Though it might feel strange brushing black onto your teeth to make them white, activated charcoal works by absorbing plaque and other microbial nasties that work to stain your teeth.
Nutrients - Calcium, magnesium, and potassium are all essential for healthy bones and teeth. So by ensuring your diet is rich in fresh foods that contain these nutrients, such as;
- Green leafy vegetables