Wednesday, October 12, 2011

How to Keep Teeth White Naturally

There are many effective methods of teeth whitening available, but some come with high price tags. Here are some steps you can take at home to whiten teeth naturally without breaking the bank.

Things you'll need:

Lemon juice
Baking soda
Hydrogen peroxide

Step 1:
Limit your intake of drinks that stain tooth enamel. Some of these include coffee, tea and red wine. If you simply can not cut these beverages, consider drinking through a straw to limit the amount of liquid that actually comes into contact with the teeth.

Step 2:
Brushing your teeth immediately after eating, especially if eating foods that stain easily, such as berries.

Step 3:
Rub fresh strawberry on your teeth, preferably in puree. There is an enzyme in strawberries that acts as a bleaching agent. You'll want to brush and rinse after applying the strawberries to remove the natural sugars and acids that can leave behind.

Step 4:
Eat crunchy foods that require a lot of chewing such as carrots, celery, broccoli and apples. These foods are abrasive and remove plaque buildup, which hinders the appearance of the teeth.

Step 5:
Dip your toothbrush directly into the baking soda and brush. The results are worth the lousy taste.

Step 6:
Mix the lemon juice and a teaspoon of salt to make a pasty substance. Brush your teeth and rinse. Again, not so pleasant on the palate, but the teeth will thank you.

Step 7:
The use of hydrogen peroxide to brush your teeth. Dip the toothbrush in a small plug of the peroxide and brush as if with a regular toothpaste, being careful not to swallow. Rinse with water.

- Tips -
Consider using one of the whitening toothpastes on the market of several that have all natural ingredients.

Brushing your teeth after every meal and flossing regularly are the first steps to keep your smile healthy.