The 7 Best Natural Teeth Whitening Remedies

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Whiter teeth make you want to smile! Not only that, but whiter teeth take years off your appearance. With all the chemical and bleaching whiteners available, it is good to know there are natural ways to keep your teeth white and your smile fresh. Here are seven ways to enhance your appearance and boost your dental health.

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1. Lemon and Baking Soda

This traditional method is effective and is one of the most popular whiteners. Mix a teaspoon of baking soda with freshly squeezed lemon juice, then brush the mixture on your teeth. Be sure you don’t leave it on your teeth very long, as the acid in lemon juice can be corrosive to your tooth enamel. A minute should be long enough. Only use this method once a week.

2. Enjoy an Apple

Apples contain malic acid, which is a natural stain remover. As you crunch an apple (or other fresh fruits and vegetables), the malic acid works on enamel stains, and the fibrous consistency removes bacteria and other food trapped in your teeth. Fruits and vegetables are also part of a well-balanced diet, and good physical health contributes to good oral health.

3. Drink your Milk, Eat your Cheese

Milk and cheese are rich in calcium, iron, and phosphate, which help make tooth enamel stronger. The casein protein found in dairy products will also help prevent cavities. For optimal benefit, enjoy milk and cheese following your meal.

4. Visit your Dentist, and Floss

According to Eastgate Dental Centre, no home remedies replace regular visits with your dentist. They will remind you to brush and floss, and diagnose any physical conditions that may contribute to yellowing teeth. Many hygienists and dentists have found that flossing is equally important to brushing, removing plaque and food from between teeth that cause staining.

5. Swish with Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide prevents bacteria from growing in the mouth, and helps prevent infections and bad breath. Use food-grade hydrogen peroxide and swish for a few seconds, being careful to spit it all out. If you don’t want to use hydrogen peroxide full strength, make a half-water, half-hydrogen peroxide solution and swish for a minute.

6. Drink Through a Straw

Your teeth won’t become stained with wine, soda, tea, or coffee if the beverages do not directly contact the teeth. Drinking through a straw prevents beverages from staining the enamel of your teeth.

7. Make Your Own Toothpaste

An all-natural toothpaste is easy to make. Combine 2/3 cup baking soda, 1 teaspoon fine sea salt (decrease amount or omit if the salty taste is too strong), 10 to 15 drops of peppermint (or another flavor) essential oil, and water to create proper consistency. This mixture is the equivalent of a tube of toothpaste, and is better for whiter teeth and good oral health.

A combination of natural teeth whiteners, a healthy diet, and good oral hygiene will keep your smile looking white and bright. Visit your dentist regularly, and others will wish their smile looked as great as yours.


My name is Lizzie Weakley and I am a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. I went to college at The Ohio State University where I studied communications. I enjoy the outdoors and long walks in the park with my 3-year-old husky Snowball.

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sean
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I have heard that hydrogen peroxide helps whiten teeth. However, I am a little afraid of how it will taste. I like your suggestion to use half-hydrogen peroxide and half water. My other concern is enamel. Will this method break down your enamel at all?

Alex Jennings
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I think it’s amazing that you can whiten your teeth by eating the right foods. I’ve heard that various fruits—like strawberries and bananas—can help you. Although, nothing beats going to the dentist; they’ll whiten your teeth very quickly!

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Zainee
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If you are in the tropical area, coconut fibre is also usable to clean and whiten teeth, and it is free practiced by most Asian.

Alex
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Thank you for the ideas. I have decided to visit a cosmetic dentist for teeth whitening, but I think it will be more successful if I have good habits at home too. I didn’t know that foods like cheese and apples actually help. I will have to be more intentional about my diet as well.

Olivia Sherwin
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This is some great information, and I appreciate your advice to drink through a straw to keep your teeth white. My teeth have become kind of yellow over the years, and I’m going to go to a dentist to have them whitened. I want to preserve my new smile, so I’ll definitely try drinking more often through a straw. Thanks for the great post!

Kara Baker
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Thanks for this great post about teeth whitening! I’m about to go have my teeth whitened by my dentist, and I want to come up with ways to keep them white afterward. I love your suggestion to eat apples, and I’ll definitely try and use this simple solution to keep my smile sparkling!

Ian Johanson
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I guess it goes without saying that going to the dentist regularly and flossing are two of the things that will always be on a list for keeping my teeth white. Of course these are also the things that I struggle with the most. Since going to the dentist and flossing show up on every list, I guess I should work harder on fixing them. However, I do like the idea of making my own toothpaste. I just worry about the baking soda. I have heard that if used too often it can scratch my teeth. Is this true?

Lillian Schaeffer
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I’m about to have my teeth whitened, so I’m looking for ways to preserve the pristine white I’m going to have. I like your simple suggestion to drink through a straw because I drink a lot of coffee. I’ll be sure to use a straw more frequently so I can keep my teeth beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Tobias Armstrong
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I’d never heard about the lemon and baking soda method. I can understand why it might be dangerous to do it super often, but it’s still something I think I want to try. I also think the smartest option is to just go to the dentist. Sometimes the best options are right in front of us. Thanks for sharing!

Drew
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Great tip to start drinking out of a straw. Just thinking about how much your drinks touch your teeth should make you at least consider it. Thanks for these tips!

Noor Ullah Jan
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Thanks.
The natural means are the good one as they require no extra time, you have to just align your one routine habit and secondly it never requires any extra money. You can easily manage it at home.
Final point is that it aids in your health as well, for the majority the natural tricks of teeth whitening.

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