Brushing your teeth with mashed strawberries (as bizarre as it sounds) is a great natural teeth whitener to use at home because the acidic content of the fruit acts as a mild bleaching agent. Simply mash up one or two ripe strawberries, dip your toothbrush into it and then brush your teeth as normal. When you’ve finished, be sure to rinse your mouth thoroughly with a pinch of bicarbonate of soda in order to reduce the acidity in the mouth and help to protect the teeth from any damage. And don't forget to eat these seven other foods for stronger, whiter teeth!
Coconut oil pulling
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Oil pulling is an ancient Indian technique that simply involves swilling oil around your mouth for a few minutes, similar to the way you’d use a mouthwash. Coconut oil is considered a natural teeth whitener, and a recent study backs up its oral-health benefits: Oil pulling using coconut oil actually helped to reduce plaque formation on the teeth and also helped to reduce gum disease.
Baking soda and lemon juice paste
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Do lemons really whiten your teeth? The short answer is yes! Lemons are high in citric acid, which acts as a kind of natural “bleach” for your teeth. This may sound alarming, but don’t fret. Mixing a teaspoon of lemon juice with enough baking soda to make a paste is actually a very effective, safe way to whiten teeth at home. Baking soda is mildly abrasive (making perfect for gently removing surface stains) and is very alkaline, so helps to neutralize the natural acidity of the lemon juice. Aside from tooth whitening, dentists wish you would do these 11 things for a healthier smile.
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If you’re looking for a natural teeth whitener that gets the job done fast, activated charcoal could be another effective, all-natural alternative. Activated charcoal is made by processing charcoal with oxygen and calcium chloride, and is widely regarded as an effective tooth-whitening agent because of its highly absorptive properties. Explained very basically, activated charcoal is great at absorbing tannins, which are the compounds found in common tooth-staining drinks like coffee, tea, and wine. Simply dip your toothbrush into activated charcoal powder (make sure it’s the food-grade variety and not the stuff from under the barbeque) and brush as normal to remove any stains on your teeth.
Rubbing your teeth with the inside of an orange peel is widely regarded as a safe, natural way to whiten your teeth at home. The white part of the peel (known as the albedo) contains limonene, a substance that contains natural solvent cleaners, and is actually used in many commercial teeth whitening products. Unlike the flesh of the fruit, orange peel is not acidic, so it is safe to use without the risk of the acidity of the fruit causing any damage to tooth enamel. Despite an orange peel being good for your teeth, dentists avoid eating these 15 foods that ruin your teeth.
Basil leaves and mustard oil
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Try crushing up dried basil leaves to form a mildly abrasive powder and mixing with mustard oil for a fast, effective way to whiten your teeth at home. You can also use fresh basil leaves crushed into a paste and applied directly onto the teeth using a toothbrush. Basil is said to help to protect the gums while mustard oil has antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties to promote great all-round oral health.
Apple cider vinegar
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Apple cider vinegar is purported to have a number of health benefits (such as its antibacterial properties), but many don’t realize that it can actually be used as a natural teeth whitener. Try brushing your teeth with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to help to remove stains, and then gargle with a mouthful to help freshen breath and kill bacteria around your gums.
Sea salt and baking soda
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Baking soda (or sodium bicarbonate) is widely regarded as a natural tooth whitening remedy because of its alkaline properties and due to the fact that it is abrasive enough to gently remove any stains. Adding sea salt to baking soda creates an antibacterial “tooth scrub” that counteracts the acids in the mouth and also eliminates bacteria.
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Turmeric is often used as a natural teeth whitener because it is anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and contains antioxidants, making it effective for treating common dental problems like gum disease. In the form of a fine powder it acts as a gentle abrasive, removing surface stains and revealing whiter teeth in an instant. Simply rub about a teaspoon’s worth over your teeth using your finger, brush with a clean toothbrush and rinse.
Homemade whitening toothpaste
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By combining some of the tooth whitening remedies already mentioned here, you could create your own DIY whitening toothpaste at home. Mixing coconut oil with bicarbonate of soda, a little lemon juice and a drop of peppermint oil creates a powerful stain-removing combination that’s naturally anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, with a zesty and minty flavor. (Stop making these eight common toothbrush mistakes that are bad for your teeth.)