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What are natural ways to whiten my teeth?

By Anonymous January 21, 2015 - 2:48pm
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My teeth have been looking kind of yellow lately and I was wondering what I can do to safely whiten my teeth in a natural way?

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Hi Anon

Thanks for your question and welcome! I agree that a bright white smile can transform your face! 

Naturally, our teeth were created/developed white – with an inner pulp chamber, beneath a protective dentin layer, beneath a hard outer enamel surface used for chewing. Over time due to everyday habits, medications/medical conditions, and just plan old aging our teeth’s natural white gives way to stains.

There are lots of natural ways to clean up our teeth:

Strawberries: You can use strawberries directly or create a paste combining crushed strawberries and baking soda. The malic acid in the strawberries acts as an astringent. There is some debate as to how long is safe to leave this mixture on your teeth. If you brush your teeth before 20 minutes, some warn that you could also be brushing your enamel away. Others warn that leaving it on too long could lead to tooth decay because of the sugar and acid in the strawberries working together.

Orange peel & Lemon Juice: These also works quite well according to those who have used it. Orange oil and lemon juice are well known for their cleaning properties. Some also recommend grinding up bay leaves and the orange peel to form a paste that you can brush onto your teeth. Be aware, though, that the citric acid in the orange peel can also strip your teeth of calcium weakening enamel. If you do decide to use this method, this should not be used as a regular whitening treatment.

Hydrogen Peroxide: This is a common ingredient in most whitening toothpastes and rinses (usually combined with carbamide peroxide). While hydrogen peroxide is readily available and easy-to-use, you really need to be sure of what you’re doing. Doing this on your own – not under the supervision of a dentist – means that you will be using a smaller concentration of peroxide than you would get with a dental-prescribed treatment, but there are still risks if you end up using too much at a time or too frequently. 

Apples, carrots, cider vinegar, ash wood, and baking soda on its own have also been shown to have whitening properties. 

Has this helped, Anon?




January 21, 2015 - 4:55pm
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