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Top 5 Natural Tooth Whiteners

BY Eluxe Magazine TIMESeptember 18, 2014 PRINT

We all want a ‘Hollywood smile’, and to get one, of course you should avoid stain-causing foods and drinks, including red wine, blueberries, coffee, and black liquorice. Smoking is also notorious for turning teeth a sickening yellow, and age does yellow teeth, too.

Indulged in a few too many espressos or glasses of vino but still want a whiter grin without using toxic hydrogen peroxide or questionable lasers to get it?

Luckily, there are myriad natural teeth whitening remedies to supplement your daily tooth-brushing routine, all of which will give you gleaming pearly whites in 14 days.  However, be warned: these remedies will not demonstrate brilliant results on: tooth crowns, veneers, teeth stained by smoking or certain medications such as antibiotics, and they do take some time to work.

For an extra teeth-whitening boost for the ladies, finish off with wearing a blue-based organic lipstick or lipgloss on your lips in either pink or red hues.  Never skip this important step either: remember to floss in-between your teeth to prevent stains from accumulating, and visit your dentist for regular cleanings of your pearly whites.

Ready? Here are our Top 5 Natural Tooth Whiteners.

1.  Baking Soda

This classic formula has stood the test of time because it works, but it does taste terrible.  Put about 1t of baking soda in your palm and mix with water or even better, lemon juice, to form a paste, then apply on a toothbrush. Use alone or on top of a layer of toothpaste for an extra whitening boost, and brush your teeth with this paste for at least two minutes.  Rinse off with plenty of water.

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Baking soda(Shutterstock*)

2.  Miswak

The original organic toothbrush is this  teeth cleaning stick which is comprised of a twig from the Arak tree grown in the Arabian Peninsula.  Arabs have long chewed on miswak to clean their teeth, and thanks to globalization, miswak can now be purchased locally too.  Unlike a synthetic toothbrush, one end of the twig has exposed stiff fibres, that is softened by gently chewing between the teeth. Use the softened end to brush the stains away with, which also ingeniously acts as an organic toothpaste too.

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Miswak (Shutterstock*)

3.  Orange or Banana Peel

The enzymes in orange and banana peels remove stains from teeth. Here’s how: rub only the white side of the inside of the orange or banana peel (ensuring there is no fruit sticking to the peel either) against your teeth  for about two minutes, then brush your teeth as usual. Do this once a day for two weeks to see results.

4.  Chewing Apples and Celery

The sweetest tasting remedy is apples, which contains malic acid – an enzyme to help remove stains (and an ingredient found in cosmetic home teeth whitening products too). All you have to do is eat the fruit, as this allows the malic acid to naturally brush away the stains from the teeth.  Definitely follow-up with brushing your teeth afterwards as the naturally-occurring sugar in the fruit may cause tooth decay if left to accumulate. Alternatively, chew on some celery: the cellulose fibres brush away  teeth stains with every chew. A perfect palette cleanser after a café break!

5. Coconut Oil ‘Pulling’

I’ve never tried this myself, but there are people who swear by this method: take a tablespoon of pure coconut oil and swish it around in your mouth for twenty minutes, twice a week. It seems like a lot of time, but apparently the properties of the oil not only eradicate stains, but ‘suck out’ toxins from the tongue, leaving your teeth whiter and your overall health stronger.

This article was originally published by Eluxe MagazineRead the original article here.

 *Images of “smile“, “miswak” and “baking soda” via Shutterstock

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