Everything you need to know to have an irresistible smile: how to whiten teeth, and what are the foods that help keep them white or on the contrary, that stain them? Over time, the teeth turn yellow or stain.
These annoyances are accentuated if you have bad habits (too sweet diet, smoking, heavy consumption of coffee or tea, etc.) and if your enamel is very porous.
Do not panic, however, to find whiter and healthier teeth without breaking the bank, you just need to apply the following few tips, and know the foods that make teeth white or stain them.
Naturally whiter teeth
1. Powdered natural charcoal to whiten teeth
Charcoal is a natural medication obtained through the carbonization of several varieties of poplar or coconut.
How to use charcoal to whiten teeth?
To benefit from its benefits, you can add a little of this product directly to your toothpaste when you brush your teeth.
You can also pour a little powdered charcoal into a cup or small dish, dip a wet cotton swab in it and then rub it on your teeth one by one. Then rinse.
The whitening effects of vegetable charcoal will be noticed fairly quickly! Once your teeth are whiter, apply this tip only 1 or 2 times a week, it will be enough.
Afraid of swallowing vegetable charcoal? No problem, this charcoal is edible: it is also an excellent anti-diarrhea.
2. Baking soda to whiten teeth
Among the many properties that baking soda has, we find teeth whitening! And for good reason, it is a natural descaler. Simply sprinkle your toothbrush with baking soda and apply it to your teeth like regular toothpaste.
How to use bicarbonate to whiten teeth?
You can also mix baking soda with half a lemon juice to make a paste that you also apply as toothpaste. Lemon promotes the shine of teeth.
However, since baking soda is abrasive, it is important to use this tip only once a week at most, as your enamel may suffer. You will notice a real result after 2 to 3 months of use.
3. Coarse sea salt whitens teeth
Thanks to its high iodine content, salt has great antiseptic and antifungal properties.
How to use coarse sea salt to whiten teeth?
2 to 3 times a week, wash your teeth by mixing coarse sea salt with lukewarm water. You will get some sort of seawater.
Just dip your classic toothbrush in this water and brush your teeth. Guaranteed whitening effect
Additional tip – did you know?
Coconut oil is also an excellent natural ingredient for protecting and whitening teeth. Use it in mouthwash or in homemade toothpaste with baking soda for a natural white teeth effect.
Foods that whiten teeth
While some foods will color your teeth, others can help you maintain a beautiful, pristine color!
1. Broccoli, lettuce, spinach
When you consume them, a very fine compound is deposited on your teeth like a film which protects them from stains
2. Celery, carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers, pears
Their fiber content is such that when you eat them, it feels a bit like natural toothbrushing.
The proteins and fats contained in cheeses contribute to the neutralization of food acids. With its phosphorus and calcium content, the cheese helps to protect the teeth by re-mineralizing the enamel, composed of 95% minerals.
Avoid: Foods that stain tooth enamel
The tooth enamel stains because it becomes porous and therefore lets particles that diffuse when you chew food pass. Upon entering the enamel, these compounds accumulate there and eventually give color to the teeth: which is very well seen when eating a blackberry pie for example.
The more porous the enamel, the more sensitive it will be and the longer the stains will be.
Colorful foods that can color teeth
Drinks and colorful foods are to be avoided to keep teeth white and healthy!
Colorful drinks, in general, are to be avoided:
- Coca Cola
- Red wine, especially red wines rich in tannins
- Dark fruit juices such as cranberry…
Foods with very intense colors
They contain pigments that by clinging to the enamel will color it:
- blueberries, cherries, pomegranates, blackberries, pies, and red fruit ice cream
- turmeric, curry sauces…
You will notice that all these foods also stain the tablecloths. No wonder they also leave marks on their teeth!