How to Whiten Teeth Without the Chemicals
There’s no denying that teeth whitening has been on the rise for the past decade. This is especially the case among the age group of 40- to 60-year-olds, for whom it is the most requested procedure, according to the American Dental Association. This could be due to the fact that stains from products like red wine, coffee, and tobacco only build up over time, leading to a demand for whiter teeth later in life.
But in-office whitening procedures can be expensive (Americans pay an average of $600 per visit for in-office teeth-whitening procedures), and over-the-counter whitening methods can have ill effects on some people, such as gum irritation, tooth sensitivity, bluish enamel, uneven whiteness, and more. Add to this the fact that no over-the-counter bleaching products have received the American Dental Association's Seal of Acceptance, and are not regulated by the Federal Drug Administration. Luckily, there are some great natural teeth whitening methods that you can try. They're affordable, safe (when done properly), and will leave you with a great, white smile.
Some of the items in our infographic below may even be in your household currently, like bananas! By rubbing a portion of the inside of a ripe banana peel on your teeth, you could help to remove stains. Or, you can create a mixture of baking soda and salt to occasionally brush your teeth with in order to whiten up your smile. Turmeric, coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, activated charcoal, and hydrogen peroxide are some other all-natural options that won't break the bank or harm your teeth or gums.
Read on for more natural whitening tips and options, and be sure to pay attention to how often it is recommended, as some of these can be abrasive if done too often.