I cringe at the sight of bright lipstick and yellow, stained teeth. That sort of combination is anything but flattering. When a woman applies a bright shade of lipstick, the attention needs to focus only on her pout. What’s even embarrassing is that on pictures, it’s clearly visible. Practising good oral hygiene and eating the right food will get you sparkly, white teeth. Here are 7 teeth whitening tricks to put to the test right away. All the best!
Gargle your mouth with coconut oil? Say WHATTT? As crazy as the idea sounds, oil pulling is worth the shot! Since coconut oil has lauric acid, it’s believed to kill bacteria and reduce inflammation. It also does away with plaque and gingivitis. Once a week, swish and gargle your mouth with coconut oil diluted with water and you’re good to go.
Baking soda is a common ingredient in commercial toothpastes for a reason. It has whitening properties and does a fabulous job at scrubbing away yellow stains from the teeth. A plus point is that the ingredient creates an alkaline environment in your mouth and prevents bacteria from growing and spreading in the mouth. Please note that you won’t see immediate results, it will take some time to see positive results.
For those who aren’t aware, apple cider vinegar has a bleaching effect on the teeth. It also has antibacterial properties that helps prevent bacteria and whiten teeth naturally. However, you must never gargle your mouth with only apple cider vinegar as it can erode your teeth. It has to be diluted with water and used like a mouthwash. Swish for 10 minutes and then gargle your mouth again with plain water to wash away any traces of the acid’s residue.
Any fruit that’s crunchy will benefit your teeth. Strawberries, pineapples, apples and celery are your best bets. In fact, pineapples itself contain an enzyme called bromelain that helps aid teeth whitening. Munch on apples and celery for the same effect. You can even make a paste using strawberry pulp and baking soda. Brush your teeth with this mix for a week or two and you’re bound to see a change.
Bananas don’t just offer nourishment for your body, but also benefit your teeth! Packed with magnesium and potassium, you’re bound to get pearly white teeth in no time. Simply peel one banana and chop the peel into tiny pieces. Scrub them on your teeth and don’t rinse your mouth for a good 15 minutes. Wash your mouth with warm water after.
It’s because of the antifungal properties and citrus content in orange essential oil, your gums are protected and your stains are washed away. Start by dipping your toothbrush into a bowl of orange oil. Apply toothpaste on the brush after and get brushing. Do this every morning for a couple of weeks.
When it doubt, brush your teeth with activated charcoal. It whitens teeth, kills off germs, prevents cavities and keeps gums healthy. Dip your toothbrush into charcoal powder and brush your teeth in circular motions. Rinse your mouth with water after. Doing this two times a week is good enough to get you the teeth you desire. If you don't have access to charcoal powder, you can just use a charcoal toothpaste at least once a week.
Other than these tricks, brush your teeth often and cut down on smoking, drinking red wine, coffee, soy sauce and tomato-based sauces. Good luck!