During my journey of creating this blog, I’ve found some of the oddest tips that claim to whiten teeth.
For the record, I’ve never tried any of these, but I thought they’d make for an interesting post nonetheless.
And you thought charcoal was just for grilling.
Well, how simple-minded are you? 😉
This blogger says she uses activated charcoal to whiten her teeth.
Yes, you read it right – a BLACK product to WHITEN teeth. I really thought I’d heard it all. Check out this post for details.
Apple cider vinegar has anti-bacterial properties that can remove yellow stains.
Simply gargle with it in the morning before brushing your teeth.
However, be careful. It contains acid and can damage your enamel so do not use everyday.
Always, always brush your teeth afterwards.
Don’t throw out those peels just yet. According to various blogs (like this one), rubbing them on your teeth can whiten them.
I actually know a few people who have tried this and say that it works.
Apparently, the key is to do this daily for 1-2 weeks. If you just do it once or twice, you won’t notice a difference.
Just make sure no one is around because no doubt it looks ridiculous.
Let’s just hope this doesn’t drive you bananas. 🙂
Sorry, I couldn’t resist.
Dr. Oz is the one who made this tip popular. According to “everyone’s favorite doctor”, strawberries have an astringent in them that helps them whiten teeth.
Some people crush and brush the berries right into their teeth. Others make paste out of them with baking soda.
But here’s the problem…
Strawberries have natural sugars in them so why in the world would you brush sugar into your teeth? Doesn’t that defeat the purpose of trying to whiten your teeth.
Well, if you are a believer or want to try this tip, the obvious solution is to brush your teeth afterwards. That way you get the benefit of the astringent and you aren’t leaving sugar on your teeth.
I just learned this one today. Thanks fp julia!
Apparently there’s a product inside the white part of the orange peel that acts as a solvent to remove stains.
Don’t worry, though. There’s no acid in that part of the fruit, so your enamel will be safe.
I figured we might as well stay with the fruit theme.
This is another Dr. Oz-endorsed tip. According to him, raisins induce saliva and the saliva helps rinse away plaque.
I guess what’s confusing about this tip is there are a lot of foods that produce saliva, so I wonder what makes raisins so different?
This sounds absolutely disgusting to me, but many claim it works.
The idea is to swish the oil around (up and down, back and forth for 15-20 seconds) so you are pulling the oil “through” the teeth and removing bacteria.
Just don’t swallow… yikes!
Apparently, this is an ancient Ayurvedic technique used many years ago.
Thanks, But No Thanks!
Seeing the dentist regularly and investing in good oral hygiene is no doubt the best way to whiten yellow teeth, but if you’re one who likes to try home remedies, perhaps these tips will help you.