You can’t get much better than natural ingredients for removing coffee/tea/food stains on teeth.
Here are some of the natural ingredients and formulas you can experiment with at home. And just in case, it takes a little too much time to whip up these concoctions, you can find many of them in our range of Pearlie White® toothpastes as well.
Baking Soda and Lemon Juice
Take a trip into your kitchen and grab a box of baking soda because it is an excellent natural teeth whitening ingredient. It’s one of the most popular options for DIY teeth whitening, and with an extra spritz of lemon juice, you can get a revitalized smile right away. Both have natural bleaching properties, without the harmful and harsh chemicals of some teeth whitening products available in today’s modern world.
However, you can't use this remedy daily, as it can wear away the tooth enamel. So perhaps use that baking soda and lemon juice combination once every two weeks, and stick to brushing with our Pearlie White® Whitening Toothpastes
on a daily basis. They also contain sodium bicarbonate (which is essentially baking soda) and of course, will taste a whole lot better.
Baking Soda and Fruits (like Papayas and Strawberries)
Baking soda can also be paired up with fruits to naturally whiten your teeth. We’ve done just that with our Pearlie White® Advanced Whitening Toothpaste. Besides sodium bicarbonate, we’ve added just the right amount of Papain, an enzyme derived from the papaya plant that helps break down residue on teeth that causes stains.
But if you want to whip up something on your own, you can combine two strawberries with a teaspoon of baking soda and mash it up into a paste. Rub that mixture onto your teeth and let it soak up for five to seven minutes before rinsing thoroughly. The baking soda combined with the malic acid in strawberries is excellent for swiping away teeth stains. However, it can also swipe away enamel if used too often. So, use with moderation.
There’s been a lot of talk about activated charcoal’s natural adhesive qualities that allow it to bind with coffee/tea stains as you brush and remove them from teeth. BUT… this is a natural ingredient that we would not recommend you experiment with at home. Simply because you will unlikely have the equipment to ground/mill charcoal to a level of fineness that will not be abrasive when brushed onto your teeth.
Coconut oil has a plethora of uses, so if there’s anything you need in your household, this should be it. You can use it as shampoo and conditioner, as shaving cream, as a moisturizer for your hair and body, and even as a teeth whitener. It will bind to the biofilm or plaque deposited on teeth and be removed as you spit the oil out. So each day, before you brush your teeth, scoop a tablespoon of coconut oil and swish/swirl it around and in between teeth and then spit out.
Two precautions though. Firstly you should use this only as a supplement to your comprehensive oral care regime. You should still brush your teeth and use toothpaste. Secondly, some individuals have allergies to coconuts in any form and it would then be best not to try this at all. When in doubt, consult your dentist. Or alternatively, use a whitening toothpaste instead.
Note that all Pearlie White® Toothpastes do NOT contain ingredients like SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate), Triclosan, Artificial Coloring, Titanium Dioxide, Parabens, PEG/PPG, Petrochemicals, Saccharin, Minerail Oils and Animal Origin Ingredients. So use with peace of mind.
Apple Cider Vinegar
When it comes to oral health, apple cider vinegar could very well be your partner in crime. It has the ability to clean your gums and scrub away stubborn stains from your teeth. However, you must proceed with caution as apple cider vinegar is quite acidic, and if used frequently, it can wear down the enamel on your teeth. Plus, you have to be able to withstand the intense flavour. If not, just stick with a mouthwash that helps keep stain causing plaque and bacteria away like our Pearlie White® Fluorinze Alcohol Free Mouthrinse
The world is full of amazing, teeth whitening agents. You just need to take a look in your kitchen or at your local grocery store for these awesome ingredients, and a bright, white smile is in your near future. However, you have to remember that just because they’re natural ingredients, they aren’t always the healthiest for your teeth when used on a regular basis. So experiment carefully and use occasionally. And of course on all other days, there are always Pearlie White® teeth whitening products
to help you get that naturally white smile.