Brighter, whiter teeth. It’s something that so many of us aspire to have. It’s seen as the perfect look, although very few people are able to achieve it naturally. After all, people are willing to pay out hundreds of pounds to have their teeth bleached to achieve that perfect Hollywood smile. If they can’t afford that, people may get themselves a home teeth whitening kit, or purchase over the counter teeth whiteners. But with that sometimes resulting in gum irritation, blistering, uneven whitening, sensitive teeth and enamel damage, is it really worth the risk?
With so many factors resulting in your teeth being stained, from your age, the medication you take, the foods you eat, the drinks you consume, and habits you have such as smoking, how can you achieve that gorgeous white smile? Here are my tips for natural ways to make your teeth that little bit whiter:
- Avoid ‘stainers’ such as coffee, tea and red wine. They often stain your teeth because the colour pigments in these drinks attach to the enamel (white part of the tooth). Whilst it might be difficult to avoid these drinks completely, by drinking them less you will definitely notice a difference in the colour of your teeth.
- Stop smoking . Smoking can leave your teeth yellow because of the tar and nicotine in tobacco. Again, for many people it is difficult to stop smoking over night. But smoking less would have so many benefits including nicer teeth, so is definitely worth trying to do.
- Brush your teeth regularly. Yes, it’s completely obvious, but I bet many people don’t do it as much as they should. Don’t be lazy before bed and skip this important step because your teeth won’t thank you for it, and neither will your partner when you wake up with smelly breath! Some people recommend brushing after every meal, but that isn’t really practical, so twice a day should do the job.
- Eat strawberries and raw, water rich vegetables. This is because they contain many antioxidants. They’re healthy for you and make your teeth whiter, it’s a no brainer.
- Rubbing natural products on your teeth including banana peel, apple cider vinegar and lemon rinds. If you’re on Pinterest as often as me, you’ll know that there are many incredible uses to the natural products we use every day and often take for granted. It’s definitely worth trying if you have them in the house, although perhaps a little tricky and not the most amazing tasting things to be rubbing around your mouth!
- Try to avoid acidic food and drink. Similarly to the stainers, acidic food and drink is not good for your teeth and can damage the enamel therefore making them look more yellow. So try to avoid fizzy pop and sugary sweets as much as you can.
- Whitening toothpastes. There are plenty on the market, many of which I’m sure we have all tried. Personally, none have really made the cut for me. You might have discovered one you really love though, if you have make sure you let me know in the comments!
- Procoal*. Procoal is a product I have only very recently come across. It is 100% natural activated charcoal teeth whitening powder that is said to remove stains and discolouration from the surface of your teeth. When I first tried this product, I couldn’t wait to see what results it gave me with the claims it made. Of course, I was also a little unsure how I would get on with putting charcoal in my mouth, funnily enough something I had never done before! I’ve been using this product for a few weeks now and am really impressed with the results. It is a little strange having black powder fill your mouth, but thankfully it’s quite flavourless and doesn’t add too much time onto your teeth brushing routine. I like the fact that I’m using a natural, vegan product that leaves my teeth feeling not only whiter and brighter but really clean too. Here’s a cheeky heads up – If you’d like to try Procoal for yourself, you can bag yourself one at the moment on sale for £9.99 or 2 for £15.99 using the code “BUY2”.
So these are my lovely gnashers, not the best photo you’re going to see today, but I just wanted to share the difference I noticed just after a short time. I’m going to continue to use the product and keep an eye on my progress!
So these are my 8 top tips for brighter, whiter teeth. Do you do any of these things? Or perhaps you’ve got another great tip for brighter, whiter teeth? Let me know in the comments below!
Until next time…
* I was very kindly sent this product free of charge to try, however all opinions are my own. I would never recommend a product I didn’t use and love myself. If you choose to buy the product yourself, I will not receive any form of payment, I just wanted to share it with you!