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3 Natural Substances That Whiten Your Teeth

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If you are trying to find ways to improve the color of your teeth, you may not have to look much farther than your kitchen or bathroom shelves. Your teeth can be whitened using natural products that you have at home. Here are a few natural substances that can be used to improve the color of your teeth:

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is available over-the-counter in a concentration of three percent. The solution releases oxygen as it comes in contact with your mouth. The oxygen kills the bacteria in the mouth, but it also acts as a bleaching agent. To use hydrogen peroxide as a whitening mouth rinse, mix equal parts of water and hydrogen peroxide. Then, rinse as you would with mouthwash. Be careful not to swallow the solution. Instead, spit it out as you normally would any other mouth rinse.

You can rinse with hydrogen peroxide immediately after brushing your teeth.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is a mildly abrasive, alkaline powder. It can be applied to your toothbrush as a powder, or you can add a bit of water to the baking soda to form a paste. As you brush with the baking soda, be sure not to use too much pressure. Too much vigorous brushing with an abrasive substance can damage your tooth enamel.  Baking soda can help polish away stains from the tooth animal.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil can be used in two different ways to whiten the teeth. It can be used as a natural toothpaste, or it can be used during a practice called oil pulling. To use coconut oil as a natural whitening toothpaste, simply apply the oil to your toothbrush and brush as usual. However, be sure to spit the oil into a trash receptacle instead of into your sink or toilet. Coconut oil hardens at room temperature. Thus, it could cause a problem with your plumbing.

To use coconut oil during oil pulling, place about a spoonful of the oil in your mouth and move it about as you would mouthwash. You can continue with the coconut oil in your mouth for about 20 minutes. The longer that the coconut oil is allowed to remain in the mouth, the more that it is able to trap oral bacteria. After the coconut oil is released, you can rinse your mouth thoroughly and brush your teeth with your normal toothpaste.

To learn more ways to brighten your teeth, schedule a consultation with a cosmetic dentist in your area. Visit for more information.