No one wants a yellow smile, and this is why teeth whitening is becoming very lucrative in Nigeria for dentists. Many, who cannot afford to get their teeth whitened monthly, keep looking for cheaper ways of achieving the same or closer result.
Tips below can help make your teeth whiter.
Charcoal is one of the oldest teeth whitening remedies in the eastern part of Nigeria. I once heard my grandmother telling someone that the days when people depended on charcoal to brush has gone and that since then her teeth has changed into colours she cannot recognise.
But now, activated charcoal is one of the newest buzz terms because of its detoxifying benefits. Turns out, it’s also a great dental whitening solution. A dentist at New Jersey’s Creative Dental Care, Joseph Banker of Westfield stated that the granules are very porous, binding bacteria before it stains the teeth.
In his words “Mix charcoal with a small amount of water, and gently apply it to all the surfaces of the teeth,” he says. “Leave the activated charcoal in place for two minutes, and then rinse with water until all of the charcoal is gone.”
Eat Crunchy Fruits and Veggies
Apples, celery, and carrots are all great for the teeth. Crunchy fruit or vegetables act like nature’s toothbrush. Simply chewing removes excess food and bacteria from your mouth. It also helps to scrub away surface stains. Not only does the texture remove food particles and bacteria, but the acids in the fruits and vegetables pull double duty, actually keeping the teeth whiter. Apples in particular contain malic acid, the chemical also found in strawberries (and teeth whitening products) that removes surface stains.
Orange and Banana peel can help
Orange peel is also known to be an old remedy for teeth whitening. The liquid that comes out from the orange peel is said to have enzymes that remove stain from teeth. Simply press the liquid on your teeth and leave it for one minute before brushing and rinsing. Also the inside of a banana peel, which is rich in potassium, magnesium, manganese, and other minerals, also whiten teeth. The rich minerals in a banana are absorbed into your enamel and have healthy whitening effects.
After you brush and floss, he recommends peeling a ripe banana and then rubbing a piece of the inside on your teeth for two minutes. Then rinse and repeat again before bed.
Brush Twice Daily
Brushing twice daily helps maintain healthy teeth. Brushing before bed removes food particles that stain the teeth. So, once you brush your teeth before bed, avoid eating something after unless you may have to brush again.
There is evidence that strawberries can help whiten teeth because it contains enzyme called malic acid and vitamin C. The astringent found in strawberries helps to remove surface stains, while vitamin C washes away plaque. Mashing a few strawberries and brushing with the mixture once or twice a week can have positive results. You could also just eat strawberries, making sure to chew really well and allowing them to do the brushing on their own.
Floss Your Teeth
An average Nigerian may not understand what flossing is at first mention. It is a simple routine of using a string to remove food particles from in-between the teeth. For some reasons, flossing doesn’t come as easily to people as brushing. Still, many dentists and hygienists agree that flossing is more important than brushing. It is advised to floss twice daily for the best, teeth-saving results. Just flossing can easily remove the staining between your teeth, helping them to look whiter.
Baking Soda and Lemon
Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide are among the oldest at-home teeth whitening remedies among foreigners.
Now baking powder can also be mixed with lemon for good result also. The chemical reaction of baking soda with the citrus of lemon juice has a smile-brightening effect. Either one of these ingredients works well, but together they are super-effective. Only brush with this solution up to once per week as it can wear away the tooth enamel if used too frequently. If irritation occurs, the baking soda may be too abrasive for your gums, so discontinue use. If you are worried about damaging tooth enamel, try some of the other solutions.
Baking soda mixture steps is simple. In a small bowl, mix a little bit of baking soda with the juice of a freshly squeezed lemon. The mixture should bubble slightly. Use a cotton wool to wipe saliva and excess plaque from your teeth before brushing on the mixture. Leave the mixture on your teeth for a minute before gently brushing it off with a toothbrush.
Don’t leave the mixture on your teeth for any longer than a minute; the acid erodes tooth enamel.