How To Whiten Teeth Without Chemicals

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According to a survey conducted by the American Dental Association (ADA), bleaching is the most requested procedure among patients between 40 and 60 years old.

The total annual revenue f the teeth whitening industry topped $11 billion at the beginning of 2015, with $1.4 billion spent on teeth whitening products.

Nearly 20% of people claim to hide their smile during photos because they feel embarrassed.

Teeth Whitening Home Kit

Americans pay an average of $600 per visit for the in-office teeth whitening procedures and $35 for at-home kits.

More than one-third of adults worry that professional teeth whitening will damage their enamel.

The harsh bleaches in over-the-counter teeth whiteners can have some unpleasant side effects including

  • Gum irritation
  • Bluish enamel
  • Uneven White
  • Tooth sensitivity

ADA Accepted

Some bleaching products offered at dentists offices have received the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

This indicates the product meets ADA guidelines for safety and effectiveness.  bleaching

But no over-the-counter bleaching products have received the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

Because teeth whiteners are not drugs or food, they are not regulated by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA).

Some home whitening kits do not contain enough of the whitening product to be effective.

Why Do Teeth Change Color

Major staining culprits include coffee, tea, and red wine.

Color pigments or chromosomes in these drinks attach to the white part of the tooth, also known as enamel.

Tobacco

Two chemicals in tobacco stain teeth

Tar: naturally dark

Nicotine

Colorless until it mixes with oxygen: it then turns yellowish.

Trauma

If you experience any impact to the mouth, teeth may change color because they react to inquiry by laying down more dentin.

Dentin: A darker layer under the enamel.

Age

As enamel gets thinner over time, the dentin ( which is more yellow ) shows through.

Medications

Some medications, such as antihistamines, anti psychotics, and high blood pressure medications, can darken teeth.

How To Naturally Whiten Your Teeth

Coconut Oil

Has antibacterial properties, may reduce gingivitis-causing plaque.

How To:

Swish one tablespoon of coconut oils like a mouthwash for at least five minutes every morning.

Banana Peel

Contains high levels of:

  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Potassium

How To: 

Cut a small rectangle out of a peel (use a ripe banana that isn’t green and doesn’t have brown spots).

Rub the inside of the peel over your teeth for about two minutes, then brush as usual, once a week.

Turmeric

Has astringent properties which can tighten gums and remove plaque from teeth.

Because it is slightly abrasive, it also polishes teeth.

How To:

Mix 2 parts turmeric powder with 1 part coconut oil and 1 part baking soda.

Put generous amount on your toothbrush and brush for 2 minutes.

Rinse well with water. Once a week.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Has antibacterial proeperties, using it as a mouth rinse may help prevent plaque buildup.

How To:

Swish with a solution of one part apple cider vinegar and two parts water. Every morning.

Hydrogen Peroxide:

Rather than remove just surface stains, hydrogen peroxide can bleach the color of the teeth for longer-lasting whitening.

How To: 

Rinse with a solution of one part hydrogen peroxide ( 2 to 3% concentration) and one part water.

Teeth discoloration is a natural process that occurs as we age. Moreover, certain foods, drinks, and lifestyle factors can speed up the process. Try one of these natural alternatives to brighten your smile at home and whiten teeth.