Having the perfect smile is something we all want, but it requires work. Even after we get our teeth whiter and prettier, they won’t stay that way forever. Not only do we need to work to get whiter teeth, we also need to work to maintain them. In order to know how to maintain our pearly whites, we need to understand what causes them to change color in the first place. The food we eat settles on our teeth and that allows bacteria to grow. Plaque begins to form and then stain our teeth deep within the enamel. Brushing our teeth regularly, flossing, and using mouthwash are all great ways to avoid plaque build up but there are even more ways that could help. In fact, there are DIY recipes for whiter teeth that can even replace an expensive teeth whitening treatment.
Before you spend tons of money on a professional teeth whitening treatment, try a few DIY recipes for whiter teeth that you can do in your own home.
There are many ways to maintain the pearly appearance of your teeth; brushing, flossing, and mouthwash to name a few. But to get an even deeper clean many people resort to expensive treatments at the dentist’s office. The problem with that is that you already spend plenty of money on toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash all year long. Luckily, there are more than a few DIY recipes for whiter teeth. The best part is, most of the ingredients you’ll need will already be in your pantry and they won’t cost you much of anything. In fact, after they work, you’ll get even more confidence instead of losing money.
DIY Recipes for Whiter Teeth | Strawberry + Baking Soda.
Who doesn’t love strawberries? But too much acidic fruit, we all know, can damage your enamel over time. This recipe allows the benefits of strawberries to clean your teeth without the risk of damage. Strawberries are naturally acidic in nature. They contain malic acid, which works well to fight off bacteria and plaque in the mouth, while the baking soda helps remove deep stains.
- 1 strawberry
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
Crush the strawberry until it is nice and mushy. Add in the baking soda and stir well until you have a paste. Apply mixture to teeth and let sit for 3-4 minutes. Rinse mouth well.
DIY Recipes for Whiter Teeth | Classic Banana Peel.
Next time you eat a banana, don’t throw away the peel. It may sound strange, but you can use a banana peel to whiten your teeth. Banana peels contain high levels of magnesium, potassium, and manganese that work to whiten teeth.
Take a banana (ripe is best) and peel it from the bottom up. Take a small portion of the peel, and gently rub it over your teeth with medium pressure for 2 minutes. Be sure you are rubbing the peel over as much surface of your teeth as possible.
DIY Recipes for Whiter Teeth | Turmeric + Coconut Oil + Peppermint Oil.
This is a recipe with tons of health benefits you can easily whip up at home! Coconut oil, serving as the base of this recipe, is a great, natural anti-bacterial compound. Peppermint oil, giving this recipe a minty fresh taste, has been shown to help whiten teeth because it contains a compound, limonene, that works to remove plaque build-up and fight staining. Turmeric powder, although bright yellow in color, actually whitens your teeth quite well. Turmeric is also an anti-inflammatory that can help keep your gums in tip-top health.
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
- Peppermint oil (3-4 drops)
Mix all ingredients well, until they form a paste. Brush teeth and allow the paste to sit on the teeth for 3-4 minutes. Rinse mouth well.
DIY Recipes for Whiter Teeth | Simple Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider is a natural ingredient used for a variety of health benefits and home remedies. Apple cider vinegar contains a ton of enzymes, pectin and anti-bacterial properties that work to whiten teeth and keep gums healthy.
- 1.5 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar (If you aren’t a fan of apple cider vinegar, you can dilute the apple cider vinegar in 4 oz of warm water with cinnamon to help mask the taste.)
Put the apple cider vinegar into your mouth and begin to swoosh it so that it is touching all surfaces of your mouth for 1-2 minutes. Spit out, and rinse mouth well.
DIY Recipes for Whiter Teeth | Pure Coconut Oil
If you want to keep things simple, you can use pure coconut oil alone for amazing results! Coconut oil pulling has been shown to help keep teeth healthy and white by “pulling” bacteria from the mouth.
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil. **Coconut oil is solid at room temperature but turns to a liquid quickly after being put into your mouth. **
Simply put the coconut oil in your mouth and swish the oil around until it is no longer solid. Then, focus on pulling the oil through your teeth for about one minute before spitting out. Coconut oil, containing anti-bacterial agents, is safe to use and does not strip the enamel from your teeth. Therefore, you perform oil pulling daily.
DIY Recipes for Whiter Teeth | Hydrogen Peroxide + Baking Soda.
Both hydrogen peroxide and baking soda work to kill bacteria in your mouth and remove plaque from the teeth. Hydrogen peroxide is known for its oxidizing, stain-removing effects. Baking soda works with mild abrasion, scrubbing away stains.
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Baking soda
Simply mix hydrogen peroxide, with baking soda until you have a thick paste. Brush your teeth with the paste, once daily, to help remove deep stains.
Using these recipes you may be able to get the whiter teeth you’ve always wanted without spending too much money. Try one recipe at a time, regularly and look for the results you want. If one recipe doesn’t work, try another one and keep going until you find the one that works best for you. Those pearly whites are almost yours.