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5 Ways to Naturally Whiten Teeth

Teeth whitening donuts? Yeah we wish. But with these 5 natural remedies you can get your smile pearly white without an expensive trip to a dentist, so you can keep doing you.

1. Brush with Activated Charcoal Powder

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If you haven’t heard already charcoal is where it’s at [1]. Why? Because it absorbs toxins and neutralizes bacteria, which help remove the things in your mouth that cause stains. Crazy right? We know. It’s hard to believe something commonly associated with backyard barbecues or the mining scene in Zoolander can actually help whiten teeth. All you have to do is dip a wet brush in some activated charcoal powder and brush your teeth like you normally would. Two or three times a week and you’ll be looking like a star in no time!

2. Brush with Salt

salt-iconIf charcoal is too intense for you, brushing with salt has comparable effects. With similar properties to charcoal, salt can disinfect and absorb toxins in your mouth, helping to remove stains. Just try to use the smallest grain salt you can find (sorry course sea salt!) so you don’t scrub the enamel off your teeth. Would a salt gargle be enough? We asked. And really the salt needs to be on the actual teeth.

3. Gargle Coconut Oil

coconut-iconSwishing oil in your mouth in the name of whiter teeth sounds like voodoo science, but coconut oil can actually help remove stains on your teeth. I mean would Gwyneth Paltrow [2] lead us astray? But in all seriousness, oils like coconut oil are rich in antioxidants and are naturally antibacterial so they help disinfect and pull toxins out of your mouth. It’s recommended to swish for 20 minutes daily, but to start a few minutes a day will still have a positive impact on those pesky stains.

4. Brush with Baking Soda and Lemon

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Yes, were talking about the same chemical reaction you used as a kid to make your papier-mâché volcano erupt. Except this time you only really care about what’s left after the fizz dies down (…at least that’s what we tell ourselves). Once the lemon finishes reacting with the baking soda you’re left with a paste that can be used like toothpaste to brush your teeth.  It’s a potent mix and works wonders, but make sure not to do it more than 1x per week.  The enamel on your teeth is delicate and you don’t want to wear any off!

5. Brush After Drinking or Eating

brush-iconsWe know. Easier said than done. But a very simple and effective way to reduce stains is to prevent them settling in in the first place. Coffee and red wine are big culprits in staining teeth, but given that they are essentials for our happiness you don’t have to cut back to get whiter teeth. Just brush after consumption or at the very least rinse your mouth with water after. If you’re really ambitious carry a brush and travel paste in your purse or leave a set at the office.

[1] http://www.allure.com/gallery/activated-charcoal-beauty-products

[2] http://www.glamourmagazine.co.uk/article/gwyneth-paltrow-oil-pulling-to-make-your-teeth-white-using-coconut-oil

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