Everyone knows Crest Whitening strips work wonders on whitening your teeth, but if you’re like me, your teeth have become so sensitive to them that one look at the little strip sends a shock through your mouth. And my wallet. So for the past couple of years I’ve been on a quest to find the best ways to whiten teeth naturally. No chemicals, no pain, and as cheap as possible.
If you can relate, or just prefer a more natural way, come join me on this quest as I share a few of my favorite tips on getting a whiter smile and healthier teeth.
But first things first: I wanted to give some tips straight from my dentist. Stop using whitening toothpaste.
I suffered with sensitive teeth for years before I finally asked my dentist what I could do, and if Crest White Strips were to blame. To my surprise she said no. It was the whitening toothpaste I was using, similar to using sandpaper on a porcelain tub. No wonder my teeth hurt!
Many whitening toothpastes contain abrasive ingredients such as aluminum oxide or silica which work great at first because they take off the first layer or stained enamel. However, after too much use it can erode several layers of enamel, leaving your teeth sensitive to sweets, cold or heat. In the long run, it can also leave your teeth yellow.
Instead, she told me, use the most gentle, boring toothpaste I can find. Tom’s is a good option. Personally I like Sensodyne’s Pronamel best, especially if you’re going to be whitening your teeth. It helps fill in all the little crevices that cause pain and strengthen your enamel. I’ve been using it for years and promise it helps with tooth sensitivity.
5 Ways to Whiten Teeth Naturally
It’s a little odd that something that will stain your clothes and counters can whiten your teeth but it’s true. Check out this turmeric teeth whitening post to find out how. Oh, and not only can it whiten your teeth but you can get glowing skin with this turmeric mask and drink to your health with this turmeric milk recipe. Magic!
By now you’ve probably at least heard about the technique of oil pulling. “Oil pulling experts” (if there can be such a thing) say that swishing an oil in your mouth for 20 minutes first thing in the morning will whiten your teeth overtime, as well as a host of other health benefits.
I tried this out for a month and did notice whiter teeth with less sensitivity than white strips. However, I’m not sure I’m disciplined enough to keep it up for good.
Oil pulling is definitely the safest option to whiten your teeth, but it’s effectiveness is less proven.
Yes, black charcoal will lift stains from your teeth. Don’t believe me – just try it! Open a capsule on your teeth brush and brush your teeth for 30 seconds to a minute. Allow to sit on your teeth for another minute or two. (I’m not going to lie, it is kind of gross but worth it.) Then just brush your teeth! Do this once a week to naturally lift stains. PS: I set aside a specific toothbrush for this since it stains it. Also, be careful of counters, clothes, etc – for the same reason.
Rub the inside of a banana peel (after you eat it of course!) on your teeth until gone. Leave on for several minutes and then gently wipe off with a tissue. Brush your teeth after 10-15 minutes and repeat several times a week. The minerals in the peel act as a natural whitener. Extra bonus: It’s also full of calcium and vitamin D which help strength your teeth too!
That’s right, eating strawberries can actually whiten your teeth. These super berries contain malic acid which acts as a natural stain lifter. You can mash up a strawberry with a little baking soda and apply to your teeth for a few minutes, and then brush your teeth as your normally would. But just eating them works great too!
Have any other tips on getting whiter teeth that I didn’t mention? Please post in the comment section.