When we ask you what color a healthy smile should have, most of you will probably say a shiny, pearly white. But to tell you the truth: things are a bit trickier than that.
While everyone’s natural teeth color differs, this doesn’t mean that all yellow teeth are healthy teeth. If the yellowing is because of bad oral hygiene, tobacco, coffee, tea, plaque or certain medications, you may have damaged your natural enamel layer, causing your teeth to be more yellow in color.
Luckily, there are multiple ways you can lighten the color of your teeth with. Today we’ll show you 10 natural ways to get whiter teeth!
1. Pineapple and orange
Did you know that you can whiten your teeth with fruit? Fruits and vegetables as a whole contain organic acids that can help maintain the current color of your teeth, but some of them can actually lighten the color. If you want whiter teeth, add pineapples and oranges to your shopping list. These fruits contain an enzyme called bromelain, which has been shown to whiten teeth.
We know, this sounds crazy. Turmeric is a spice with such a strong yellow color that it will stain anything it comes into contact with: your hands, your cutting board or your clothing. But this spice, which is also used as a dye, can actually whiten your teeth! Turmeric has been used in traditional medicine to fight gum disease and mouth bacteria, among other things. Many also swear by its teeth whitening capabilities. Dip your toothbrush into 1/8 teaspoon of organic turmeric, apply it to your teeth, let it sit for 3 minutes, rinse, then brush your teeth like you normally do. The results won’t be astonishing, but it will help some.