4 Effective Teeth Whitening Home Remedies

Have you ever observed someone with white teeth, smiling and looking extremely attractive? We all need clean and white teeth for preventing various oral diseases and to look good.

If you are someone searching for teeth whitening home remedies, then you are at the right place.

Teeth whitening home remedies are one of the most talked-about topics. Yellow teeth are a major concern for various people that want to have good oral health and teeth whitening home remedies will boost your oral health and help to build confidence.

What Are The Reasons Behind Yellow Teeth?

Plaque accumulation on teeth is the most common reason for yellow and dirty-looking teeth. Plaque is a sticky, bacterial film that forms on your teeth because of various reasons such as improper brushing, consumption of unhealthy foods, and lack of oral health care.

Enamel is the outer layer of your teeth that is responsible for the appearance of your tooth. The dentin is the second layer of a tooth, which is present just below the enamel.

As your age will increase, the enamel surface of your teeth will wear down and the teeth will appear more yellow, which is the natural colour of the dentin.

Other causes of yellow teeth may include smoking, certain diseases that affect the teeth’ enamel and dentin, use of certain medications, and injury or trauma1.

To overcome these discoloration issues and to get back your shiny white teeth, you need to try out some effective teeth-whitening home remedies.

Here Are A Few Teeth Whitening Home Remedies:

1. Oil Pulling

Although there is no scientific evidence to prove it, some experts believe that oil pulling is effective for treating your oral health problems. It is believed that oil pulling helps in getting rid of the plaque, which could be the reason your teeth appear yellow.

There are some studies published by the National Library of Medicine in 2009, that came up with the benefits of oil pulling for diseases such as gingivitis and plaque formation.

The study published in 2009 by the National Library of Medicine, showed that oil pulling is astounding for cleaning your body by removing any unwanted substance in your mouth.

Oil pulling using sesame oil is said to kill Streptococcus mutants2, which is a type of bacteria destroying your oral health and is found mostly in the saliva.

You could practice oil pulling by taking some oil inside your mouth, then start swishing it for a few minutes and it will help clean the bacteria causing infections in several ways.

Sunflower oil was traditionally used for this oil-pulling purpose. Coconut oil is now considered to be the most favourable and recommended oil for teeth whitening due to its pleasing taste.

Lauric acid in coconut oil is said to be efficacious for preventing and killing bacteria causing infection and discoloration of your teeth.

Oil pulling is a must-try for keeping your teeth clean and white in appearance by reducing the presence of dirt and unhealthy substances. Try to do oil pulling regularly for at least 10-15 minutes for best results.

2. Brushing With Baking Soda

Baking soda is one of the most trusted ways to remove stains in your teeth as it creates an alkaline environment inside your mouth that would prevent the growth of bacteria-causing infection.

Toothpaste with baking soda content will also play a major role in warding off plaque formation in teeth, the same is also proven by a report published by the National Library of Medicine in 2008.

You can make your own baking soda home remedy as well. Take a container and add 4 teaspoons of water to 2 teaspoons of baking soda in it. Use this paste for brushing your teeth at regular intervals (2-3 times a week).

3. Use Hydrogen Peroxide

Bleaching works really well in removing stains and maintaining the colour of your teeth. Hydrogen peroxide is a bleaching therapy for oral care.

Hydrogen peroxide will prevent bacterial growth and is effective in protecting your mouth from bacterial infections. Many whitening products used commercially are found with hydrogen peroxide as their core ingredient.

You can use hydrogen peroxide to whiten your teeth in two ways.

  • gargling with the diluted form of hydrogen peroxide,
  • mixing hydrogen peroxide with baking soda and applying this mixture to your teeth.

There are a lot of queries considering the safety of using hydrogen peroxide3. However, hydrogen peroxide is completely safe if used after heavy dilution, but still, you need to consult your dentist for a better suggestion.

4. Eat Fruits And Vegetables

Eating fruits and veggies would be one of the most effective home remedies to whiten your teeth. You will find many tooth-whitening products to naturally whiten your teeth, but fruits and vegetables are extremely important for maintaining oral health.

Add crunchy vegetables to your diet so that you’ll also remove plaque 4formed on your teeth while chewing them.

Pineapple and strawberry are some of the recommended fruits for getting back coloration to your teeth by treating yellow stains on your teeth.

Why Strawberries And Pineapples?

Strawberries are great agents for treating discoloration of teeth, as strawberry contains malic acid, which will allow the particles responsible for making stains on your teeth to break away.

There is a study published by the National Library Of Medicine in 2014, supporting the mixture of baking soda and strawberries for bringing significant improvement in the discoloration of teeth as compared to other teeth whitening products.

If you intend to use strawberries as teeth-whitening home remedies, make a mixture of strawberries (smashed) and baking soda, and then use it as a paste to brush your teeth. Restrict the use of this paste 1-2 times a week.

Pineapples also play a very significant role in improving your oral hygiene because of the presence of bromelain (an enzyme) that is astounding for reducing and removing yellow stains on your teeth, along with a plaque.

Conclusion

There are many teeth-whitening kinds of toothpaste available in the market, but you can first try the above-mentioned teeth-whitening home remedies before opting for commercial products.

Always use these home remedies only after consulting your dentist.

Teeth whitening home remedies will not only improve your teeth’ colour but also supports good oral health. Go ahead! and try out these excellent teeth-whitening home remedies.

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Dr. Foram Bhuta

Dentist (B.D.S)

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  1. Coimbra, Raul, et al. “European Society of Trauma and Emergency Surgery (ESTES) recommendations for trauma and emergency surgery preparation during times of COVID-19 infection.” European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery 46 (2020): 505-510. ↩︎
  2. Lin, Yongwang, et al. “Inhibition of Streptococcus mutans biofilm formation by strategies targeting the metabolism of exopolysaccharides.” Critical Reviews in Microbiology 47.5 (2021): 667-677. ↩︎
  3. Hou, Huilin, Xiangkang Zeng, and Xiwang Zhang. “Production of hydrogen peroxide by photocatalytic processes.” Angewandte Chemie International Edition 59.40 (2020): 17356-17376. ↩︎
  4. Jakubovics, Nicholas S., et al. “The dental plaque biofilm matrix.” Periodontology 2000 86.1 (2021): 32-56. ↩︎

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