Natural Methods to Make your Teeth Shine!

Apple A DayWhen it comes to dental care, everyone is trying to avoid the dentist. The dentist can be a sobering place, where your good feelings go to waste the moment that metal hook touches your gums. It can be expensive too, particularly if you don’t have dental insurance. So, the quest is on, and has always been on, to find the most natural and easy-to-do at home methods to keep your teeth white and your gums happy. And fortunately, while you can’t avoid the dentist forever, there are a few that really do work. Here are some of the best natural methods to ensure a healthy, white smile.

1. Eating Apples

The saying used to be “an apple a day will keep the doctor away”; but, it’s about time to come up with a colloquialism for dentists too. The combination of acidic juices and firm but squishy texture strangely enough makes apples nature’s natural teeth whitener. In fact, according to Dr. Oz, apples contain malic acid, a chemical used in teeth whitening products, helping dissolve stains as you eat it. Best of all, even the simple act of eating an apple can act like a brush, as chewing an apple removes excess food and bacteria from your mouth.

woman smile2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Another great whitening agent, Apple Cider Vinegar uses its acidity—a similar one found in apples—to remove stubborn stains on the teeth. All you have to do is brush your teeth with it once a day, followed by a normal brushing to get rid of the sugars left behind, and voila! After a month or more of this process, your teeth will be noticeably whiter.

3. Activated Charcoal

Though this one doesn’t work all the time, when it does work, it works really well. Activated charcoal is a natural agent that can help absorb unwanted material from the teeth, holding it in with its pores. And, fortunately, this means it can help do away with plaque, whitening the teeth nearly instantly. Of course, this artificial whiteness doesn’t stay forever, so you need to treat your teeth over a month; however, it’s a great holistic remedy that may ensure dental health for a long time coming.

4. Eat Raisins

Though these won’t whiten your teeth, raisins are nature’s mouthwash, which is great if you want to avoid the chemicals you use in real mouthwash. With an acidity that kills odor causing germs in the mouth, raisins are a great way to ensure your mouth stays healthy and non-smelly. Heck, while killing germs, raisins can even eat away at plaque, so make sure you add raisins to your diet as soon as possible.

dental-In the end, you need to make sure you take all of these natural methods with a grain of salt. Yes, they can help, and yes, they will most likely have an effect on the state of your teeth; but, they do take a long time to actually take hold. It isn’t like brushing your teeth and going to the dentist for teeth whitening—in fact, both of these might be things you don’t want to do away with completely. These are all methods you should do IN ADDITION to your normal teeth care routine. Do that, and your teeth will become whiter than ever in no time at all.

Tyler Fleck is a blogger who’s work you can find all over the internet; however, this particular article was written on the behalf of Dunn Orthodontics. Visit their site for more information about dental care, or to make an appointment. Thanks for reading!