Four Inexpensive Ways to get a Whiter Smile

Who does not want a bright white smile? There are some easy, simple, inexpensive ways to get your smile a few shades brighter simply by grabbing ingredients from the kitchen. Whiten treatments at the dentist office can be expensive or just may not fit into a tight budget. You can still achieve a white smile despite not taking a trip to your dentist office.

Banana Peel

I’m pretty sure you know that a banana is full of potassium. But, did you know that potassium is just one of many minerals found in a bananas that can whiten your teeth? Here’s how to do it:

1. Make sure you have a ripe banana and peel the banana from the bottom.

2. Place the peel against your teeth and rub the peel against your teeth for about two minutes.

3. Brush your teeth as normal.

Strawberries

I bet you are wondering how strawberries work to whiten teeth. Strawberries remove discoloration from the teeth because they contain malic acid. This acid has the ability to eliminate stains and discoloration from your teeth quickly.

1.Mash or puree three to four regular size strawberries.

2.Place the strawberries in your mouth for three to four minutes and spit out.

3.Rinse your mouth out. or You can add about a teaspoon of baking soda to the strawberries, mix and follow steps two and three.

Note: These methods should not be done more than one time a day because of the level of sugar that is found in fruit. You may want to limit this treatment to once a week.

Apple Cider Vinegar

ACV does not only remove the stains from your teeth, it also kills bacteria!

1.Dip your toothbrush in apple cider and brush.

2. Follow up with a rinse or Simply gargle with apple cider vinegar and rinse.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Olive oil can help eliminate bad breath and gingivitis because it kills bacteria. Olive oil works to remove stains from the teeth because it contains fat that can break down plaque and remove it from the teeth. Also, olive oil works to improve the health of gums while the tongue absorbs nutrients from the oil as it sits in the mouth.

1. Its best if you start this in the morning and use only one tablespoon of oil. For 15 to 20 min gently swish oil around your mouth.

2. Spit out in a trash can to avoid build up in your pipes.

Note: When your done the oil should appear white. Its not recommend that you brush your teeth following the method.

3. Rinse with salt water or warm water.

Tip: On first attempt of this method you may gag. To avoid gagging, relax and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil.

All these methods are simple, cost effective and will not cost you much time during your morning routine. Now you can start your journey to a brighter whiter smile without reclining in a chair at your dentist’s office.

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