6 Ways to Clean Your Teeth Naturally
By Diana Smith
Sodium fluoride, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, propylene glycol, diethanolamine… This sounds as something you would read on the back of a harsh home cleaning product, right? But it is not. It is written on most conventional toothpaste labels. Some of these ingredients can contribute to serious long-term health problems, such as heavy breathing, liver and kidney abnormalities and increased risk of cancer. Since the manufacturers don’t have your best interest at heart, you will have to take matters into your own hands. Let us see some great alternative ways to make your teeth cleaning greener and, thus, healthier.
Brush and Rinse after Eating and Drinking
If you don’t wash your teeth after eating and drinking, food remains can stay in your mouth for hours, which is never a good thing. Brushing and rinsing right after a meal requires a lot of persistency, especially if you eat outside or have lunch at work. If you are unable to do that, at least try to drink more plain water, so that it reduces the negative effects of something acidic or staining.
Use Baking Soda
Baking soda is something every eco-conscious person has in its “tool-box”. It is useful for house cleaning, removing stains, face exfoliating, but also for cleaning the teeth. Its stain-removing capabilities are very useful when it comes to teeth whitening too, so it is recommended to use it once a week, along with your regular oral hygiene routine.
How to do it?
Put your organic toothpaste on the brush, and then dip it into baking soda. Start with the front of the teeth and work your way towards the sides. Don’t use baking soda for more than one week.
Try with Coconut Oil Pulling
You have probably heard about a lot of benefits of coconut oil, such as hydrating the skin and recuperating the hair, but did you know that it is also good for your oral health? This product can not only clean and whiten your teeth, but also maintains your gums healthy.
How to do it?
Use it after your morning teeth wash. Put a spoonful of the oil in your mouth and swish it between your teeth between 5 and 20 minutes.
Apple Cider Vinegar for Teeth Whitening
Apple cider vinegar cleans the teeth and gums, but it also removes stubborn stains especially the ones caused by caffeine and nicotine. Its secret lies in ingredients (acetic acid, magnesium, potassium, enzymes and probiotics) that kill germs and foster the growth of good bacteria.
How to do it?
Use it at least a month to get clear results. Apply it with your fingers gently, after brushing, and then rinse after one minute.
Switch to Electric Toothbrush
Investing in an electric toothbrush means making a long-lasting commitment to natural way of teeth-cleaning. Unlike your old manual toothbrush, an electric one can remove stains and plaque gently and efficiently, without damaging tooth enamel. It might seem like a large investment at the moment, but electric toothbrush excels in its capability to remove plaque, so you won’t have to worry about paying a dentist to treat oral diseases it might lead to.
Let the Professionals Do It for You
Professional teeth cleaning includes removing plaque and tartar deposits that have piled up over time. It isn’t something that should be done only if you were neglecting your oral hygiene. In fact, it leaves the teeth clean and smooth so that it prevents sticky bacteria from accumulating, and thus helps you with your regular cleaning routine. There are also a lot of options for teeth whitening in Sydney, Melbourne and other big city clinics that can meet your green standards.
It is a bit contradictory that we usually use harsh and damaging chemicals to achieve oral health, especially when we know that there are natural ways to achieve similar or even better effects. Make your teeth white, the green way!