Banana Peel: Use the inside of a banana peel to whiten your teeth. Banana peels contain magnesium, manganese, and potassium. Rub the inside of a peel that has no green or brown spots on the surface of your teeth for 2 minutes and then brush normally, once a week.
Turmeric: The magical spice that is turmeric has astringent properties which tighten gums and remove plaque as well as a multitude of other health benefits. Mix two parts turmeric with one part coconut oil and one part baking soda, and brush for two minutes, once a week. Rinse and brush normally after.
Baking Soda and Table Salt: The abrasive properties of this mixture can polish teeth as well as create a chemical reaction with water that lightens your teeth. Mix ½ teaspoon baking soda and ½ teaspoon table salt. Dip your toothbrush in the mixture, brush two minutes and rinse, once a week.
Activated Charcoal: Activated charcoal has been all the rage lately when it comes to personal hygiene. It has dental benefits as well! It can help with the removal of stains from coffee and wine on your teeth. Mix with activated charcoal with water, dab on teeth, let sit for two minutes, rinse and brush normal, no more than once a week because the abrasiveness of the charcoal can damage teeth.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is not only great for a natural detoxing agent, it is antibacterial, which is great for dental health. Mix one part apple cider vinegar, two parts water in a cup and gargle. Rinse, and brush as normal, every morning.
Hydrogen Peroxide: Hydrogen peroxide can be used to bleach your teeth. Mix one part hydrogen peroxide to one part water and gargle for 2 minutes. Rinse, and brush normally, once daily.
Coconut Oil: Coconut Oil pulling is quickly becoming the next big trend, but it actually works! Coconut oil is antibacterial and antifungal because it contains lauric acid. Swish one tablespoon of virgin organic coconut oil for five minutes, every morning. But make sure you spit it out after! Because it contains saturated fats, it is not healthy to consume large amounts of coconut oil.
Say NO to Lemon Juice: Many at home remedies say to add lemon, but be careful doing this because lemon contains citric acid which can eat away at your enamel!
Beware of at home teeth whitening kits that you can get from a drug store. These kits are not ADA approved and some of them simply do not have enough of a teeth whitening agent to even affect any change. Sometimes, years of wear and tear on your enamel can cause discoloration that even these household trick can’t fix! When that happens, come into your local dentist for a consultation for in office professional teeth whitening.