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4 DIY Tooth Whitening Remedies

DIY tooth whitening remedies

Try these 4 DIY tooth whitening remedies for a brighter smile. Coffee, tea, wine, blueberries, and acidic foods are just a few examples of delicious things that might be staining your teeth. If you love coffee and tea, and you know that the best wine is red wine, then chances are you’ve already dabbled in commercial tooth whitening products. While products like whitening strips can help you remove stains, they can also be painful. And, let’s face it: they taste like a mouth full of battery acid.

If you’re looking for a more natural, non-toxic alternative to chemically bleaching your pearly whites, read on for our 4 favorite DIY remedies to remove stains and brighten your gorgeous smile.

4 DIY Tooth Whitening Remedies

The Classic DIY Whitening Paste – Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda

This is an old trick I remember trying as a teenager. This method can give you pretty good results. All you need is a few drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide and enough plain baking soda to mix into a paste.

To try this method, apply the paste to your toothbrush and brush your teeth. It’s not the tastiest mixture, but it beats chemically whitening your teeth any day. You can also rinse your mouth out with diluted hydrogen peroxide for a few seconds. Just make sure you don’t swallow it!

You should really only use this paste occasionally, as both baking soda and hydrogen peroxide are abrasive. Try brushing with this baking soda paste for 3 to 5 consecutive days, and then wait 3 to 6 months before using it again.

A Fruity Take on Baking Soda Paste – Strawberry Paste

Strawberries contain malic acid and vitamin c, both of which can do wonders for your smile. Malic acid is great for removing stains from coffee, tea, and red wine, and vitamin C is great for preventing plaque buildup.

To try this out, just mash up a couple of strawberries and add a teaspoon of baking soda. Apply it to your toothbrush and brush your teeth for 5 to 7 minutes. Remember, baking soda is an abrasive ingredient so you shouldn’t use this paste every day.

Totally Bananas – Non-Abrasive Tooth Whitener

Bananas are rich in potassium, manganese, and magnesium. When absorbed into your enamel, these minerals have whitening effects. As strange as it may sound, rubbing in the inside of a ripe banana peel on your teeth can help remove stains and keep your smile sparkling.

To try this method, brush and floss your teeth, then rub the inside of a ripe banana peel on your teeth for about 2 minutes. Then rinse and repeat a couple more times. You can do this as often as you like!

An Apple A Day Keeps The Dentist Away – Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar contains acid which acts as a powerful cleansing agent. In addition, it helps maintain the pH balance in your mouth. It helps brighten your smile and it’s great for gum health as well. It’s definitely not as tasty as a mouthful of strawberries, but it is effective.

To try this method, dip your toothbrush in apple cider vinegar and brush your teeth as you normally would. To make this solution stronger, you can mix apple cider vinegar with baking soda to form a paste and brush for about 2 minutes, rinsing well when you are finished. You can also rinse your mouth with apple cider vinegar for whitening effects over time. As pointed out previously, baking soda is abrasive so you should only use this method about once a week.

What are your favorite DIY tooth whitening remedies to keep smile sparkling? Let me know in the comments.

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Oral Hygiene and Matcha: Reasons to Smile

Matcha oral hygiene

It turns out matcha promotes good oral hygiene.

If you’ve read up on matcha, you know it’s hailed by many as a miracle beverage that’s loaded with powerful antioxidants. Boasting a long list of health benefits, matcha is good for pretty much everything, from providing a steady boost of energy and focus to combating age-related disease. It appears that matcha can do no wrong, but if you’re a proud member of team matcha, you might be wondering what effect it’s having on your teeth. Caffeine and tannins (found in beverages like coffee, tea, and red wine) can have a corrosive effect on tooth enamel, which may be a concern if you love your daily cups coffee and tea. The good news is, studies suggest that green tea might be the exception and may actually help fight cavities and gum disease, making it a great addition to your daily oral hygiene regime.

So, matcha-lovers, rejoice! There’s no need to cut back on the green stuff, or worry about your annual trips to the dentist. In fact, your matcha-drinking might be contributing to an even healthier mouth, as green tea has antimicrobial properties which help reduce cavity-causing bacteria. It also helps lower acidity levels in your saliva, which can help protect your tooth enamel from erosion. Plus, its bacteria-fighting properties work to fight bad breath.

Matcha fights bacteria and boosts your oral hygiene benefits.

Of course, there are plenty of bacteria in your mouth and matcha won’t fight them all, but the high levels of catechins and EGCG present in matcha may lower the levels of certain bacteria. Specifically, green tea has been found to target Streptococcus mutans and Porphyromonas gingivalis, bacteria which are significant contributors to tooth decay and gum disease. The high level of catechins in matcha also act as a plaque-scrubber, keeping your tooth enamel free of build up.

A cup of matcha sure beats regular rinsing with potentially toxic antiseptic mouthwashes like chlorhexidine, which can be hard on your digestive tract and cause oral irritation. Unlike medicated mouthwashes, a daily dose of matcha can help you keep healthy oral acidity levels without ingesting potentially harmful chemicals. But matcha not only helps you maintain good oral hygiene, it can also help you maintain good overall oral health. There’s evidence that the high level of EGCG in matcha not only fights bacteria, it also targets and kills cancer cells without harming healthy cells.

Something to smile about!

Good oral hygiene is just one more reason to get excited about matcha. If studies using brewed green tea yield such remarkable results, then the healing powers of matcha are no mystery. Matcha, made from the whole leaf, contains significantly higher levels of green tea’s healthy components, including those that promote strong teeth and bones. While matcha can help you keep your smile awesome,  it’s really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to health benefits. What’s your reason for drinking matcha? Tell us in the comments below.