Coffee, blueberries, red or white wine, curry, cigarettes. In addition to aging, many extrinsic culprits cause stained and discolored teeth, which no one is happy about. But for every culprit, there are plenty of options to brighten those pearly whites. And the good news is, you can brighten your teeth on your own with completely natural, safe and cheap items, most of which you might already have in your home. Seriously, though, from fruits to veggies, to the peroxide you and your cuts used to run away from when you were a kid, so many things can help you get back to healthier, brighter, and whiter teeth. Now, they don’t eliminate the need for you to set up an appointment to go see the dentist and schedule regular checkups, but maybe you can hold off on purchasing those messy whitening trays, strips or paint-on products. And who has time or money to pay for all that?

 

BAKING SODA

Baking soda is the multi-purpose gift that keeps on giving.  A mild abrasive, baking soda can be used on your teeth in tandem with hydrogen peroxide.  It may not work as well on deep-set stains, but you will definitely notice a difference once you start using it. But less is more.  You should be careful in your usage of baking soda because, over time, it may remove some of the enamel that coats your teeth

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HYDROGEN PEROXIDE

A lot of over-the-counter teeth whitening products list hydrogen peroxide as an ingredient, and with good reason.  Both a bleaching agent and a disinfectant, you can either swish some hydrogen peroxide around in your mouth prior to brushing your teeth or apply some directly onto your toothbrush, along with toothpaste.

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LEMON JUICE

Mixing lemon juice with hydrogen peroxide is a method you should use infrequently as researchers suggest that over time, the citric acid in lemons can wear away at tooth enamel and irritate gums, doing more harm than good.  But drinking fresh lemon water (after brushing) is safer for your teeth.  Lemon water also has a host of other benefits, like reducing bloating and increasing metabolism.

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STRAWBERRIES

Depending on where you search, some sites will tell you that strawberries aren’t helpful when it comes to whitening your teeth and that the seeds in the fruit can get stuck in between them, presenting more of a problem.  The general consensus seems to be that applying crushed strawberries to your teeth, along with baking soda, can remove plaque and superficial debris.

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APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

A wondrous product with countless benefits, apple cider vinegar will also whiten your teeth.  Like many of the other items on this list, you can mix it with a small amount of baking soda for optimal effect.

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COCONUT OIL

Coconut oil seems to make it on every health and wellness list.  How do you use it on your teeth?  Why, oil pulling, of course!  Swish coconut oil in your mouth and push it through your teeth for roughly 20 minutes.  The oil contains lauric acid, which breaks down bacteria.  Coconut oil may also help prevent tooth decay.

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CHARCOAL

Believe it or not, activated charcoal can actually whiten your teeth.  It’s odorless and tasteless and can help remove surface stains.

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MINT

It’s no secret that mint is an ingredient in many oral products.  It freshens breath and improves oral health.

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CELERY

Celery may not be the most exciting vegetable in the world, but it almost acts like a toothbrush and can free your teeth of bacteria and particles.  But don’t mash it up and apply it to your teeth.  Simply eat some!

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