Everybody craves for a great smile. We all want to showcase a sparkling white teeth that ignites the crowd whenever they see it. But our everyday lives hinder such displays. There are several things that play a part, including genetics, the type of food and drink we eat, and how well we practice our oral hygiene.
A tooth is made up of 4 tissues-enamel, which is the strong white covering that protects the tooth, dentin, which supports the enamel and is a hard yellow material that carries nerves, pulp, which is at the center of the tooth and contains blood and lymph vessels, and cementum, which covers the root of the tooth. As we age the acids from the foods we eat ten to dissolve the enamel thus making the underlining yellow dentin more pronounced.
There are different ways we can whiten our teeth. Most people visit their dentist that carry out various processes that often very expensive. I am here to share with you some of the things I found out while researching. These are things you can do by yourself in the comfort of your home. These remedies will not give you pure white teeth like a new born baby but you will be happy with the results you get.
Ways To Whiten Your Teeth
• Good oral hygiene
I know most of us know that this is important but I
need to re-emphasize it because it is a must-do if you
are to achieve whitening your teeth. Brush your teeth
twice daily and keep away from sugary foods.
Brushing and flossing play a huge (the hugest) role in
keeping teeth clean and white. Make sure you rinse
with water after eating.
• Eat crunchy foods
I know it sounds ridiculous but when you look at my
explanations above you will understand the
importance. Foods that stick tends to produce acid
that destroys our enamel. Try and eat an apple a day,
they are known to have malic acid which is an
ingredient for teeth whiteners. Vegetables such as
cucumber and carrot helps to keep the stains away
from our teeth.
• Avoid dark drinks
Dark drinks such as coke, coffee and red wine tend to
stain our teeth when we take them. We will do
ourselves a whole lot of good if we can stay away from
• Baking soda
This has been used for centuries as teeth whiteners.
They do not only whiten the teeth they also clean it
very well. Just make a paste out of it by adding water
and some salt. You can then brush your teeth like you
normally do. Make sure you rinse your teeth
immediately because the baking powder is acidic. You
can also add lemon juice to the mixture.
• Use of Hydrogen Peroxide
You will be wondering why I mentioned this since am
only talking about natural methods. Most people have
H2O2 readily at home because of its versatility. Just
rinse your mouth with equal proportion of it and
water and don’t worry: it has been declared safe to
use as a teeth whitener.
Strawberries are high in Vitamin C, which can help
break-down plaque that is causing your teeth to look
yellow. It also has the enzyme called malic acid , which
may help to remove surface stains just like in apples.
Mash the strawberries into a paste and use it to brush
your teeth, rinse thoroughly immediately you are
done. do this nightly.