Your teeth afford you the ability to gnash into hunks of meat and chew crunchy foods like carrots, chips, celery and pretzels. Without them you can still survive, but it won’t be nearly as much fun!
That makes it critically important to take care of your choppers. You should value them as something central to your health and wellbeing.RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
From a purely aesthetic standpoint, your teeth can make or break you upon first impressions with the general public. It stands to reason that you would want to have the biggest, brightest smile possible when meeting a prospective love interest or walking into an office for a job interview.
Here are a few ways to make sure that happens, and this is all going to be through natural means.
1. Adjust your diet
Let me start with food
Any food that can stain a white shirt or rug can also stain your teeth. Tomatoes and all derivatives, such as sauce, ketchup and paste could all impact on your white teeth.
Don’t panic though, you don’t necessarily have to give these foods up. Just make sure to rinse your mouth with water really well after eating them.
As for beverages
Forego the copious amounts of daily coffee, tea, soda and fruit juices.
Not only do these contribute to stained teeth, but they also erode the enamel due to their high acidity. Again, if you drink these beverages, even in moderate amounts, swish your mouth really well with water right afterwards.
You also have the option of flat out brushing your teeth after you eat or drink something that can stain them.
2. Use tooth powder instead of paste
To avoid this, you are better served going with tooth powder.
This stuff is as natural as it gets and it has more of an abrasive effect on your teeth, which helps clean them better. Look for it in any health food store. You can find it in various flavors too, such as anise, peppermint and plain.
And just for the record, I believe orbital toothbrushes work the best when using tooth powder.
3. Swish your teeth with peroxide
Peroxide is a substance used to kill bacteria and promote healing of wounds. It doubles as a really good agent for whitening teeth.
Swish your mouth for 1 to 2 minutes before each brushing. I highly suggest you brush at least twice a day too.
4. Brush your teeth with charcoal
Activated charcoal is commonly used in capsule form to purge the body of toxins. That’s valuable information, but it has nothing to do with another little known secret that it has.
It also helps whiten teeth.
But you don’t swallow the capsule to get this effect. You need to actually brush your teeth with it.
How to: Carefully twist the capsule until you can remove one part. Make sure to hold the bottom part upright so it doesn’t spill, because believe you me, that stuff is hard to clean up!
Dowse your brush with the powder, brush your teeth with it and let it sit for about a minute. Rinse your teeth and then brush them as normal. Repeat this process every time you brush.
Feel free to swish with peroxide first, then do the charcoal, then finish with tooth powder.
It takes a few minutes to do all this, but you’ll get the hang of it and it will be well worth it in the end.
5. Try oil pulling
I feel this needs a mention because it is pretty popular in naturopathic circles to naturally whiten teeth. Be advised that this has not been proven to be effective, but it can’t hurt your body and it can never hurt to try.
Oil pulling is said to whiten teeth, improve gum health and also “pull” toxins from your body by way of the glands in your mouth.
Put a tablespoon of coconut, sunflower or sesame oil in your mouth and swish it back and forth slowly for 20 minutes.
Spit it out and then rinse your mouth with water. Make sure you are in a fasted state before you do this. First thing in the morning is the best time, but you can oil pull multiple times during the day.
Just make sure to be fasted for at least 2 hours.
With a few adjustments and patience, you can make your smile stand out in a crowd. If you need any more advice, give me a shout and I’ll try to lead you in the right direction. In the meantime, practice some of these techniques and let me know how you do.
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