3 Unusual Ways To Whiten Your Teeth

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whiten teethWhen people are asked what they’d change about their smile the most common answer is having whiter teeth.

There are a number of options available for those looking to improve the appearance of their teeth, but they all have their own distinct pros and cons.

Professional teeth whitening from a dentist is typically the most effective method, but it’s generally the most expensive option.

Home teeth whitening products are more affordable and can work, however they can be harmful if they’re not used properly.

Many of the more routine dental products, such as whitening toothpaste or whitening mouthwash, have a marginal effect or simple don’t work.

There are a few unusual methods of cleaning and whitening your teeth which are growing in popularity, and while they’re not as effective as professional treatment they can have a positive effect. .

Activated Charcoal

Before anyone starts emptying the BBQ, activated charcoal is slightly different that the stuff you cook your burgers with. Activated charcoal has been treated with certain gasses to turn it in to a highly adsorbent material.

Unlike absorbing, adsorbing involves the porous surface of the charcoal attracting any unwanted material and collecting it like a magnet.

Applying it to your teeth, leaving the powder on for 30-60 seconds and following it with a regular brushing can really improve the appearance of your teeth. It’s important to note that this method of whitening can interfere with certain medications, so check with your doctor if you’re taking anything regularly.

Strawberries

The acidic content of strawberries can actually help to remove stains from your teeth. To achieve the desired effect, mash a couple of strawberries into a paste and apply to your teeth using your finger or a soft brush.

Leave the paste on for a few minutes (try to avoid the temptation to eat it!) before rinsing your mouth out with water.

It’s important to thoroughly clean your teeth after using the strawberry paste, as the seeds can easily get caught between them. Brush, floss and use mouthwash to remove all the seeds and any of the acid left behind.

This method can take a few days to have a noticeable effect, so follow this routine for a week or so before making a judgement on its effectiveness.

Peelu Plant Fibres

The fibres of the Peelu tree have been used for hundreds of years in the Middle East as a way of cleaning and freshening the mouth. The soft, non-abrasive fibres of the plant can be used to gently clean the teeth over a longer period of time in a gentler fashion than most whitening toothpaste products.

To use, apply the ground fibres to your toothbrush and brush your teeth as normal. The texture of the plant may feel unusual but it’s extremely effective at cleaning teeth. This can be used daily to improve the whiteness of your teeth, as well as part of your dental routine.

There are, of course, plenty of products available to those looking to improve the whiteness of their smile. The first thing anyone should do is visit their dentist and discuss potential treatments, as they will be able to offer the best advice based on the current condition of your teeth.

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Stuart writes for the Glasgow Smile Clinic, a cosmetic dentist in Glasgow, Scotland. He writes about various aspects of dental care, as well as other general healthcare topics.

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