Treating your oral hygiene daily is important, not only to prevent cavities. And gum problems but also to have a healthy smile. And white teeth for as long as possible. Periodic checks by the dentist, brushing your teeth after every meal and using dental floss at least once a day. Are steps that should not be missed, although often all these precautions are not enough to have a white enamel. Here are some natural remedies of white teeth.
Coffee, tea, herbal tea, red wine, smoke and some colored foods such as blueberries can contribute to the formation of stains that only cleaning by the dentist is able to eliminate. Even plaque and tartar are enemies of our smile: by depositing on the teeth, in fact, they make us lose brightness and brightness.
What does tooth color depend on? The coloring that we see from the outside is an individual physiological characteristic and is due to two fundamental elements: the shade of the dentine (the inner part of the tooth) and the thickness of the enamel. More precisely, the dentin may have different shades ranging from gray, yellowish to reddish and which may be more or less evident.
The list of natural remedies for having white teeth and preserving the enamel layer is very rich, it is only necessary to remember to put into practice some strategy consistently. But be careful not to use these methods too insistently, but at regular intervals, so as not to risk corroding and ruining the shine in the long run.
White teeth: natural remedies
To be used as a rinse after brushing your teeth, apple vinegar is considered an excellent natural whitener that acts on the stains left by foods, drinks or cigarette smoke. Just be careful not to overdo it: maximum once a week.
Thanks to its whitening properties, baking soda is a true ally for white teeth. It should be used with caution because it also has an abrasive effect. In fact, important not to pass it directly on the teeth, but to dilute it and dissolve it in water. It can be used both as a mouthwash by rinsing once a week, or by wetting a toothbrush and gently rubbing the teeth (not more than once a month).
Orange and lemon peel
Some citrus fruits such as orange and lemon have bleaching properties, in particular, their peel: it is sufficient to rub the white part inside and gently massage it on the teeth. This remedy is also useful if after a meal we do not have the opportunity to brush our teeth with a toothbrush.
Even lemon juice, to be used no more than once a month, is an effective remedy to keep the enamel white and shiny. After brushing your teeth, just make a final rinse with lemon juice combined with half a teaspoon of salt and turmeric to give a better appearance to the surface of our teeth even in case of reddened gums. The merit is due to the acidity of the citrus fruit combined with the slight friction of the salt grains and the known anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric.
Despite their red color, strawberries are precious allies for having white teeth, thanks to malic acid which is an alpha-hydroxy acid and has powerful whitening properties. To obtain a good result, it is advisable to divide the strawberries in half and rub them on the surface of the teeth, insisting that the spots are more visible no more than five minutes a couple of times a week. The slight acidity of the fruit will help to reduce accumulations of deposited pigments.
In addition to whitening and protecting tooth enamel, this plant has antibacterial, disinfectant properties and helps prevent halitosis. Simply pass a fresh sage leaf on the teeth as if it were a toothbrush and make slow, circular movements, or finely chop it and add it to the toothpaste. This remedy can also be done two or three times a week.
Thanks to its low acidity, olive oil is very effective on stains but at the same time gentle on the enamel. It is a remedy for having white teeth that can be done once a week, just bring a sterile gauze and pour a few drops of oil on it and then rub it gently on the teeth.
Araak (Salvadora persica)
Much used in the Middle East, just like a natural toothbrush, the araak (known in herbalist shops as siwak) is a plant rich in fluorine, vitamin C and silicon. Thanks to its cleansing, astringent and antibacterial action, rubbing it several times a week on our teeth prevents the formation of plaque and tartar and helps maintain a shiny enamel.
White teeth: foods that are friends of the smile
Even nutrition plays a crucial role in preventing tooth yellowing. As we have already mentioned, coffee, tea, dark or colored drinks such as red wine or cranberry juice tend to stain and spoil the shine of our smile. The first useful advice after ingesting one of these drinks is to immediately rinse your mouth with fresh water.
While on the one hand, we need to be on guard against certain foods, on the other hand we are free to eat a diet rich in apples, pears, strawberries, kiwi, broccoli, onions, celery, carrots, almonds and walnuts which are valid allies to maintain a healthy mouth and white teeth. In particular, it is believed that eating slowly so as to produce more saliva contributes to annihilating bacteria. And to top it off? Just finish the meal by munching on a raw carrot or celery to eliminate plaque and tartar deposits that settle between your teeth.