Five kitchen ingredients to whiten your teeth at home - Elle India

Five kitchen ingredients to whiten your teeth at home

Get your 36 watt smile back

BY Tatiana Dias | March 13th, 2019

The most transformative accessory you can wear is your smile. As cheesy as that sounds, it’s true—everyone wants to get the Hollywood-esque, million dollar smile. Luckily, you can make this happen for a lot less than a million dollars. Here are five kitchen ingredients you can use to shine those pearly whites, almost free of cost: 

Apple cider vinegar

This excellent salad dressing makes for the perfect teeth whitener and mouth wash. Its antibacterial properties kill germs, and ACV has a bleaching effect on your teeth. However, be wary of how many times you use it—don't overdo the gargle as it could damage your enamel.


Baking soda

Probably the oldest trick in the book, baking soda or soda bicarbonate is great for cleaning the teeth and bleaching them a shade whiter. Its abrasive properties allow for it exfoliate the enamel, hence removing any stains present on it.


Strawberries

Apparently, model Tyra Banks backs this natural and fruity tooth whitening ingredient which makes sense, since berries contain antioxidants. Strawberries not only whiten the teeth, but also protect them from tooth and gum disease.


Activated charcoal

The newest tooth whitening trend to hit the markets, activated charcoal is a great option to get those pearly whites. The powder absorbs and traps plaque and microparticles that result in staining. All you have to do is brush your teeth with a pinch of powdered activated charcoal, focusing on areas that are most stained.


Coconut oil

A recent discovery (which was actually founded in India years ago) is the concept of oil pulling. All you have to do is swish some coconut oil between your teeth for up to twenty minutes and spit it out. And voila, a clean mouth and even cleaner teeth. You're literally pulling the toxins out from your mouth with the help of the oil. Coconut oil also has great antimicrobial properties, therefore it protects your teeth too.