Who doesn’t love a set of pearly whites? When I look at photos of celebrities, I am always amazed by the light reflecting from their smiles. Years of coffee have damaged my teeth, but I still cringe at the thought of exposing myself to the process of teeth whitening. From toothpastes that claim to whiten your teeth, to home kits and bleaching services at your dentist’s office, the options to improve your smile are everywhere. But is teeth whitening safe?
Dangers of Teeth Whitening
Although teeth whitening kits improve your smile, what’s lurking in that paste? Chemicals such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamine peroxide. The American Dental Association (ADA) reports that “investigators continue to report adverse effects on hard tissue, soft tissue, and restorative materials” after teeth bleaching. Almost two-thirds of people who bleach their teeth experience some sort of sensitivity in the next few days. Although this is uncomfortable, sensitivity is the least of concerns. Stomach upsets from swallowing the bleach are common, as well as gum damage. The ADA also advises adolescents and pregnant women not to use these products.
How to Naturally Whiten Teeth
If you are vary of teeth bleaching, like me, but would like to improve the color of your teeth, try to implement some of these natural teeth whitening tips. While you will not see immediate and dramatic results like with commercial teeth whitening kits, overtime, your teeth will get whiter.
1. Banana peel – Want a quick way to naturally whiten your teeth that is healthy and costs around a quarter? Try a banana peel! Check out this pin from Pinterest, which gives a quick demonstration. Basically, you just take a banana peel and wrap it around your teeth for a couple of minutes. The potassium and other minerals will gently whiten your teeth.
2. Baking soda – Cleans your bathroom, and your teeth? That’s right, baking soda is another cheap way to brighten up your smile. Baking soda is great at removing stains, and will get rid of those coffee marks. You need to be careful though, as it can remove the enamel of your teeth, so leave on for one minute and no more than once a week, according to How Stuff Works.
3. Coconut oil – Check out my blog about coconut oil’s benefits, including weight loss and skin and face moisturizing. In addition, coconut oil can help whiten your teeth. Dr. Axe recommends swishing it in your mouth for five to 10 minutes to naturally whiten teeth with cold-pressed coconut oil, which is called oil pulling. Hollywood actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Shailene Woodley have admitted to oil pulling, which is an ancient Ayurvedic practice, according to Daily Life. Make sure to purchase organic, cold-pressed virgin coconut oil.
If you are trying to find out how to naturally whiten teeth, try one of these three tips. If you want to purchase a commercial product, try tea tree oil toothpaste with baking soda. It cleans your teeth and serves as a natural anti fungal.
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