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    September 7, 2017 12:41 AM CEST
    Teeth Whitening: Ways to Do It Yourself
    One of the first things people notice about you is your smile, which is why a whiter smile is so important to so many people across the globe. However, teeth often become dull and may stain over time due to the foods we eat and how we care for our teeth and gums. In fact, adult teeth are never white. They are usually a very pale shade of yellow or gray naturally.

    Why Do Teeth Get Yellow?

    There are many factors that contribute to yellowed teeth. Some factors are preventable, while others are unavoidable.

    Factors like genetics and tooth structure may not be controlled, while life choices like the foods we eat, things we drink, and substances we put into our body are controllable factors that may cause yellowing of the enamel.

    Your teeth actually consist of four layers- enamel, dentin, pulp, and cementum. Enamel is the outer layer of the tooth, which is hard and protects the tooth, which is the part of the tooth that contribute to color.

    Dentin is the second layer, which lies beneath the enamel, supporting it. The third layer of pulp contains blood and lymph vessels. Finally, the final layer of cementum covers the root of the tooth.

    Even if you have yellowed teeth, you can reverse the effects of staining and achieve pearly whites by using a whitening agent.

    Whitening agents are any product or substances that help to bleach and remove stains from teeth. Normally, peroxide is usually the main ingredient in store bought teeth bleaching kits. However, there are lots of natural and alternative methods for achieving a whiter smile too.

    Since we value white and healthy teeth, here are ways to naturally whiten your teeth at home

    Ways to Safely and Naturally Whiten Your Teeth at Home

    1. Baking Soda

    Baking soda is an excellent cleaning and whitening agent for teeth. It’s also readily available at the supermarket and even some convenience stores. It’s often a household staple, used for baking and even general cleaning tasks. You may already have some in your kitchen or hall closet.

    Baking soda does a few things for your teeth. It is a naturally abrasive agent, scrubbing teeth and removing both plaque and food particles. Also, baking soda is very alkaline, which means that is a base, neutralizing acids and sugars in your mouth which can cause the breakdown of enamel, which leads to cavities and tooth decay. Baking soda can help to balance the Ph levels in your mouth.

    You can use baking soda with a few drops of water or coconut oil to create a paste, which you can apply to your toothbrush and brush your teeth normally.

    However, since baking soda is abrasive, it shouldn’t be used daily. It’s better to use this method once or twice a week to keep your teeth clean and sparkling white.

    2. Strawberries

    Strawberries are high in vitamin C, which can help to break down plaque which causes yellowing teeth.

    Strawberries are also chocked full of malic acid. Malic acid can help to remove surface stains on teeth by helping to break down and remove plaque from the surface enamel.

    To use strawberries to whiten your teeth, you have a few options. You can, of course, eat the strawberries and benefit from them, but you can also use them as a paste and brush with them.

    To make a paste, you can use any combination of baking soda, salt, or coconut oil with mashed strawberries for a natural whitening alternative.

    However, malic acid is only good for whitening when used in moderation. So, you should aim to only use the mixture to brush with a couple of times per week.

    3. Lemon Juice

    Lemons, like most fruit, are acidic.

    Though acids are known to be harmful to tooth enamel, breaking the tooth down and leaving the tooth vulnerable to tooth decay, occasional use of acids to remove stains can work to bring you whiter teeth.

    In most cases, you should rinse your mouth after eating acidic foods to avoid erosion. If you want to use lemon juice to help whiten teeth, you can make a paste using baking soda and brush with it normally.

    Due to the acidic nature of lemons, you should only brush with lemon paste once a week, or once every two weeks.

    The rest of the time, you should rinse or brush after eating any acidic foods, including citrus fruits like lemons.

    4. Oil Pulling

    Oil pulling is an old remedy for staining and technique for achieving whiter teeth. It works in a few different ways, not only improving the pigment of your teeth but killing bacteria as well. There are lots of health benefits you can receive from oil pulling, for both teeth and gums.

    While most people practice oil pulling for upwards of ten minutes per day, two to five minutes per day can give you many of the same benefits without the lengthy dedication.

    You can use coconut oil in one of two ways. Firstly, you can use the coconut oil for pulling by swishing a tablespoon of coconut oil around your mouth for 2-5 minutes, then following with regular brushing. Alternatively, you can just use the coconut along with your regular toothpaste for the antibacterial properties that encourage less plaque and in turn, less staining.

    Coconut oil is not a bleaching agent, but it will decrease plaque, which will lead to whiter teeth. Not only that, but it can help to encourage healthier gums as well. Coconut oil is also very inexpensive and is mild to taste.

    5. Hydrogen Peroxide

    Hydrogen peroxide is one of the main ingredients in most whitening gels and strips.

    Though you can buy products that contain peroxides, such as whitening strips and gels, you can also make your own whitening paste at home using a combination ofhydrogen peroxideand coconut oil or baking soda.

    To use the paste, all you need to do is brush with it normally to allow the whitening effects to take place.

    It’s an effective method for achieving whiter teeth, but you should make sure to rinse completely after use. Also, the treatment should only be used a couple times per week to avoid increased sensitivity.

    If you choose to mix the peroxide with baking soda, it’s important to limit your use and rinse because it can break down enamel and cause additional sensitivity as well as yellowing. Baking soda can also be coarse and abrasive, so make sure to be gentle..
    I will bring on the concluding part of teeth whitening next segment
    Till then
    Remain beautiful.