• WorldWide

    5 Surprising Tips For Teeth Whitening

    Healthy-looking white teeth are a person’s best accessory – having great teeth is a must if you want to look healthy and radiant. Unfortunately, lots of things you do every day can affect the whiteness of your teeth – smoking, drinking coffee or tea and eating a lot of processed food, to name just a few. Since those are all habits that are hard to kick, you’ll be glad to hear that there are several ways you can make your teeth whiter without expensive treatments, and at the comfort of your own home.

    Rinse them with coconut oil

    It might be hard to believe, but coconut oil has antimicrobial properties and can help protect your teeth and gums as well as clean them. This is because coconut oil contains a fatty acid, called lauric acid that kills pathogens like bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Making a coconut oil rinse or pulling is quite simple – you just need a tablespoon of oil. Put it in your mouth and let it soften. Do this in the morning, before brushing your teeth – simply push and swish the pulling around your mouth and let it do its magic.

    Bleach them with apple cider vinegar

    You’ve probably seen a lot of store-bought, or homemade cleaning products based on vinegar, but did you know you can use it for your teeth as well? Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, probiotics, and enzymes that kill germs effectively while its acidic pH level breaks down plaque and removes stains from your teeth. You should be careful, though – as it is with any acid, if you use it too often you can damage your enamel. Therefore, use it once or twice a day, before brushing. Simply dip your finger in it and rub it all over your teeth.

    Absorb plaque with activated charcoal

    Activated charcoal is a form of carbon, processed to have small pores that increase the surface area available for absorption. As Australian Dental Specialists claim, food items that are high in sugar are more likely to predispose your teeth to dental cavities. You should remove all food particles and bacteria from your teeth if you want to protect them from decay. The easiest way to do so is to dip your toothbrush in activated charcoal and brush your teeth with it several times a week. Activated charcoal absorbs plaque and microscopic particles that cause staining which helps your teeth stay white.

    Break down plaque with berries

    Strawberries and other berries are known for their antioxidative properties that can benefit your teeth and help them stay white. They’re also packed with vitamin C that breaks down plaque while malic acid helps remove surface stains. You can make your own mixture by mashing two to three strawberries into a pulp, adding a pinch of sea salt and, optionally, one tablespoon of baking soda. The salt helps the paste become an abrasive structure, while baking soda is there to enhance plaque removal. Remove any excess saliva with a paper towel, spread the mixture all over your teeth and let it sit for 5 minutes. Then rinse and wait to see the results.

    Clean them with lemon

    Lemon juice and peels can be great for whitening your teeth, especially if you mix it with baking soda and make a wonderful, all-natural toothpaste. Just like vinegar, lemon is naturally acidic and it helps clean your teeth and makes them whiter. Make a paste by using several teaspoons of baking soda and enough lemon juice to form a paste. Dry out your teeth and apply the paste with a toothbrush. Don’t let it sit for longer than 1 minute – acidity of the lemon might damage the enamel. That’s why rinsing afterwards is a must!

    When it comes to naturally whitening your teeth, the most important thing is to be patient and realistic. You won’t get the results immediately nor will your teeth look any different. However, they will become whiter but, what’s even more important – they’ll get healthier and your smile will become your greatest weapon.

  • New York

    Luster Premium White Toothpaste

    There is no one in the world who doesn’t want whiter teeth! After I had Zoom! done a few years ago and left my teeth in pain for a week, I have been scared to try any whitening again. But when these came along, it seems safe and gradual so I tried both of these out for 2 weeks.
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    I recently tried 2 everyday whitening toothpastes from Luster Premium. One of them is white paste and one is a blue paste. They come highly recommended from Allure Magazine so I had to test them out.

    The first one I tried is the Power White7 Toothpaste. It retails for $6.99 so it is comparable but a bit more expensive than my usual toothpaste that I use (Tom’s). So the claim is that in one week you will have whiter teeth. It contains active peroxide for powerful whitening results and therapeutic-grade essential oils for whole mouth health. It is also sulfate-free (SLS free) and has an enamel-safe formula with fluoride.

    What I thought:
    I like that this toothpaste did not foam that much. The peroxide taste is at a minimal and did not cause any irritation to my mouth or sensitivity to my teeth!

    The second one I tried is the NOW! Toothpaste – This one is $7.99 and does give you immediate results. Because the toothpaste is so BLUE (just like the tube) it really gives you an ‘instant’ whiter look.

    • Instantly whitens teeth after just one brushing
    • ✦ Contains Bluverite™, a propriety formula that creates the optical effect of whiter teeth
    • ✦ Removes surface stains with daily use
    • ✦ Gentle on teeth and safe for dental restorations
    • ✦ Perfect for when your smile needs an instant boost

    What I thought: It works just like the ‘blueish’ lipgloss that makes your teeth look whiter. I think may be a trick of the eye but hey – that works for me!