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    Five natural ways to whiten your teeth

    There are several reasons why teeth might appear yellow, but there are also various strategies that can help slow down or even reverse this process. Tips for achieving whiter teeth include avoiding certain foods and beverages, as well as occasionally brushing with a mixture of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.

    Let’s get into it the tips:

    Eat high-fibre foods– Consuming high-fibre foods can be beneficial for oral health. Certain vegetables and legumes rich in fibre, such as beans and leafy greens like spinach, stimulate saliva production, which in turn helps neutralize mouth acidity and safeguard tooth enamel.

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    High-fibre foods / Image: Sweet App

    Brush with baking soda– Baking soda is effective at gently removing surface stains from teeth. Despite concerns about its abrasiveness, a 2017 study confirmed its safety for stain removal. Additionally, baking soda’s antibacterial properties suggest it could help reduce plaque buildup and prevent tooth decay.

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    Baking soda / Image: Medical News Today

    Use whitening fruit– Papain and bromelain, natural enzymes found in papayas and pineapples respectively, are believed to have teeth-whitening properties. A 2020 study discovered that tooth bleaching gels containing bromelain or papain have significant potential to whiten teeth. Despite these findings, further research is needed to establish the effectiveness of these enzymes. It’s important to note that the American Dental Association (ADA) advises against rubbing fruit directly on teeth, as the acid in the fruit can potentially worsen tooth discoloration.

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    Papayas / Image: Healthline

    Use hydrogen peroxide– Hydrogen peroxide, a gentle bleaching agent, is effective in whitening stained teeth. For best results, individuals can consider brushing with a combination of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide for 1-2 minutes, twice daily, for a week. However, it’s important to use this mixture only occasionally. It’s worth noting that hydrogen peroxide may cause increased tooth sensitivity. As such, it is not recommended for long-term use or for individuals with pre-existing tooth sensitivity.

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    Hydrogen peroxide / Image: Ocean property

    Oil pulling- Oil pulling refers to the practice of rinsing the mouth with oil to eliminate dirt, bacteria, and debris. While it is not a replacement for regular brushing or flossing, some studies indicate that using certain oils for mouth rinsing may aid in teeth whitening.

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    Oil pulling / Image: FactDr

    Now that you have all the tips, go slay with your white teeth.

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