HERE are multiple factors that cause teeth to become dull and lose their bright sparkle. Certain foods can stain your enamel (the outermost layer of your teeth).
Additionally, plaque build-up on your teeth can cause them to look yellow.
This type of discolouration can usually be treated with regular cleaning and white remedies.
Here are 3 simple ways you can naturally whiten your teeth:
1. Oil pulling
Oil pulling is a traditional Indian folk remedy meant to improve oral hygiene and remove toxins from the body. The practice involves swishing oil around in your mouth to remove bacteria, which can turn into plaque and cause your teeth to look yellow.
Traditionally, Indians used sunflower or sesame oil for oil pulling, but any oil such as coconut oil will work. Coconut oil has a pleasant taste and offers many additional health benefits.
To oil pull, put 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth and push and pull the oil through your teeth. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature, so you may need to wait a few seconds for it to melt. Continue the oil pulling for a full 15-20minutes.
Coconut oil pulling does not expose your teeth to acid or other ingredients that erode the enamel. This means it is safe to do daily.
2. Brush with baking soda
Baking soda has natural whitening properties. To use this remedy, mix 1 teaspoon of water and brush your teeth with the paste. You can do this a few times per week.
3. Use Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is a natural bleaching agent that also kills bacteria in your mouth. In fact, people have been using hydrogen peroxide for years to disinfect wounds because of its ability to kill bacteria.
One way to use hydrogen peroxide is as a mouthwash before you brush your teeth. Make sure you are using a 1.5 per cent or 3 per cent solution to avoid side effects.
Another way is to mix hydrogen peroxide with baking soda to make a toothpaste. Combine 2 teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide with 1 teaspoon of baking soda and gently brush your teeth with the mixture.
Limit the use of this homemade paste to a few times per week, as overuse can erode your tooth enamel.