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5 Home Remedy Recipes to Help Whiten Your Teeth

Smile bright.
5 Home Remedy Recipes to Help Whiten Your Teeth
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Smile bright.

"You're never fully dressed without a smile," goes that famous Annie song. True, but a yellow grin isn't exactly a fashion girl's most prized accessory! Gain the confidence to show off those pearlies without dropping a pretty pennybelow, five ways you can whiten your teeth right in the comforts of your own kitchen.

1. BAKING SODA + STRAWBERRY

What: 1 strawberry, 1 teaspoon baking soda

How: Mash the strawberry and mix with baking soda. Use a toothbrush or your finger to apply the mixture on your teeth. Leave it on for a few minutes, then rinse off to do another round of brushing with your regular toothpaste.

When: Once a week.

Why: Malic acid and ascorbic acid, both potent and present in strawberries, lighten stains! With a few uses, you'll note that your teeth have become whiter and brighter.

2. HYDROGEN PEROXIDE + WATER

What: 1 cup 2-3.5% hydrogen peroxide, 1 cup distilled water

How: Dilute the hydrogen peroxide with water. Gargle the solution for 30-40 seconds, then spit out. Rinse your mouth with plain water.

When: Repeat twice a week.

Why: A bleaching agent, hydrogen peroxide is excellent at whitening teeth (dentists actually use higher concentrations of this in commercial treatments). A word of caution, though: do not ingest the solution, and do not use it on a daily basis.

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3. GUAVA LEAF PASTE

What: 1-2 guava leaves

How: Crush the guava leaves until they form a coarse paste. Rub this on your teeth and leave it on for a minute or two. Rinse your mouth then brush your teeth as usual.

When: Repeat this every alternate day for two weeks.

Why: Guava leaves can be used to treat a variety of dental issues—plaque, infections, and gum swelling included. Its flavonoids and phenols remove the oxidative stress caused by different microorganisms (a key culprit behind pesky tooth stains).

4. SALT + LEMON

What: 1 teaspoon sea salt, 2 teaspoons lemon juice

How: Mix the lemon juice and salt. Use this mixture as a toothpaste. Brush as usual.

When: Do this twice a week.

Why: The natural bleaching quality of lemon juice removes yellow stains, while the salt acts as a gentle exfoliant, scrubbing away buildup on teeth.

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5. ORANGE PEEL SCRUB

What: Orange peel

How: Rub the inside of the orange peel on your teeth for a minute or two. Brush your teeth as usual with your regular toothpaste.

When: Repeat every alternate day for 1-2 weeks.

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Why: The acidic content of orange peels whitens teeth and acts as an antimicrobial agent, too. 

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