My Shiny Teeth and Me

One of the many things that a person can find attractive about another is their smile. But what is a nice smile without white teeth? There are many ways to whiten your teeth such as, strips and bleaching, but those can actually be harmfully for your teeth and make them more sensitive. There are actually more natural way to whiten teeth that are way less harmful.

The first way is with baking soda and lemon juice paste. Baking soda, or  Sodium bicarbonate, is only mildly abrasive so it is less harmful than strips or bleaching. Baking soda scrubs the yellow surface of your teeth away which ultimately leads to whiter teeth. Baking soda is also very alkaline, or the opposite of acidic, so that helps balance the Ph of the lemon juice paste that is also involved in this process. The lemon juice paste acts as a “natural bleach.” However, its good to alternate between water and lemon juice when making this paste because there is still some acidity.

brushing teeth with baking soda

The next paste includes strawberries, salt and baking soda again. Strawberries are very high in Vitamin C. Vitamin C helps break-down the yellow plaque on teeth. Strawberries also contain malic acid enzymes that help to remove stains from coffee or tea on teeth. The salt in the paste acts as an abrasive and actually scrubs away the plaque. The baking soda in this paste has the same purpose that it does in the other paste.

using strawberry to whiten teeth

The final paste isn’t really a paste.  Rinsing your mouth with coconut oil has shown to have positive affects. This is an older remedy that is very unique.  It doesn’t sound like the most appealing ay to whiten teeth thing, but  it does make a difference in the color of your teeth. It won’t make a difference by “whitening” per say, but there is lauric acid in coconut oil that can rid teeth of bacteria found in plaque. In addition to promoting witness, coconut oil also promotes gum health, and help keep your breath fresh.
coconut oil pulling

Having nice, white teeth is always a plus, but the ways that are presented to us after always the safest. By using these natural ingredients to whiten your teeth, you will see results and they won’t make your teeth more sensitive and you’ll be able to enjoy all of the foods you want to eat.

4 thoughts on “My Shiny Teeth and Me

  1. Kelly Elizabeth Bare

    This post is very interesting in that you give the reader many different ways to whiten their teeth rather than using the chemical whitening strips that always make your teeth sensitive. I wonder, though, if any of these remedies make your teeth sensitive. Maybe not the extent of a whitening strip, but I would not be surprised if they did at least a little bit, especially the one with the lemon juice.

  2. Grace Cuffel

    This was super interesting! I had heard that strawberries can make your teeth whiter, but I never really understood how that was possible. In researching more about how strawberries can whiter your teeth, this article also claims that “Another way you can protect your teeth (though not whiten) is to chew a small cube of cheese after a meal. Casein – a milk protein – and whey protein in cheese have been shown to reduce the loss of minerals from tooth enamel.” The only time I had ever used whitening strips was before prom, and I used Crest 1 hour express white strips. My teeth actually didn’t get sensitive at all, which I guess they do for most people. I also saw results; people were even commenting on it the next day. I think if your blog post compared the benefits of these natural remedies to the possible damages of whitening strips, people would be more inclined to try these techniques.

  3. Sarah Elizabeth Stiffler

    I’ve heard of some of these natural ways, but I am always too lazy to try them! I usually use white strips, but my teeth get very sensitive afterwards and even hurt when I’m not eating anything. An interesting experiment may be to see which of these natural ways make your teeth the least sensitive. I know I would love to know the answer because I’m sick of my teeth hurting so much! For an experiment like that, though, there might be other variables, like the condition of each persons teeth before using the pastes. Some people genetically have more sensitive teeth than others!

  4. Erik Samuel Ridley

    Wow great post! As someone whose teeth are not the whitest, I definitely plan on using these techniques in my own life. This is the first blog post I have read that I can relate practically to my own life, and was very well researched! While whitening strips appear to be safe from what I have seen, here are some specific side effects that they can cause: Needless to say, after reading this page, I am much more eager to try your solutions!

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