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Teeth whitening can significantly enhance your smile and strengthen your self-esteem at the same time. But instead of using damaging techniques, here are natural teeth whitening tips you can do in your own home!
People from all walks of life are catching on to a trend that was once considered a cosmetic luxury, using a variety of methods from high-end custom-fit bleaching trays and in-office laser bleaching treatments to less expensive, peroxide-based whitening kits such as gel strips and pens that can be used at home.
But bleach and peroxide in your mouth? As you might expect, there are side effects associated with bleach and other teeth whitening methods, which include chemical burns, reduced tooth enamel, tooth sensitivity and mild irritation of the soft tissues of your mouth, particularly the gums. None of those sound like any fun to deal with!
Fortunately, there are inexpensive alternatives for natural teeth whitening that will have you ready for your close-up in no time, and without ever having to step foot in a dentist’s office. What could be better than that?
1. Baking soda - Baking soda dissolved in water is an effective method of cleaning and whitening teeth. This mildly abrasive formula works by both scraping off stains and penetrating tooth enamel to lighten the discoloration that forms on your teeth over time.Be aware, though, that this routine should only be used once every two weeks to avoid damaging your tooth enamel. Baking soda can also dissolve orthodontic glue, so avoid this method if you have braces.To brush your teeth with baking soda, wet your toothbrush and dip it in a small amount of baking soda, getting as much baking soda on your toothbrush as possible. You only need a very small amount. Brush your teeth as usual, recognizing that it may feel more gritty than your toothpaste, and rinse your mouth as usual.
2. Natural Teeth Whitening Essentials:
Want to whiten your teeth at home, naturally? Pure, therapeutic grade essential oils are a great way to brighten your smile AND freshen your breath! Just a drop of essential oils like thyme, cinnamon bark and clove bud on your toothbrush with your favorite all natural toothpaste does the trick.
Essential Oils - Essential oils help whiten your teeth.
Keep in mind that you want to use only high quality, 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils. This is because most other essential oils found in your health food store or online are extended with harmful chemicals. In fact, essential oil labeling rules allow them to say 100% pure and still contain up to 50% of chemical extenders.
Put a drop of your preferred essential oil on your toothbrush, add your favorite all-natural toothpaste and brush your teeth. Some people have written to tell us that they also use these essential oils to freshen their breath because of their refreshing, long-lasting scent!
3. Oil Pulling - Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic healing remedy that is becoming popular in oral health care.The process involves swishing oil in your mouth and through your teeth first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach, for 15-20 minutes. The enzymes that are created in your mouth during the process work on tartar and stains, removing them from your teeth. While people have used a variety of oils, like coconut oil and olive oil, the most popular oil to use is sesame oil. At Body Ecology, we'd recommend using organic, unrefined sesame oil.
Compliment your Body Ecology lifestyle with one or all of these methods, and show off the vibrant, healthy you. Turn the world on with your smile!
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