There is a saying, “the way you look is the way you are going to be addressed.” And this holds true in almost every area of our lives.
Physical appearance plays a significant role in human social interaction. Whether it is the teeth or the face, or even the combination of both—there is no denying that these factors influence our perception of an individual.
Take a minute and imagine that your friend—or friends set you up for a blind date, and you have taken the time to take care of your hair, gone through the grueling hours of standing in front of the mirror trying to pick out the best and most appropriate dress for the long-awaited occasion.
You have probably brushed your teeth twice, used a mouth spray. You even went out of your way to buy a new perfume for this singular date.
Only for you to get there—and on time too—to discover after a smile from your partner that they don't have the nicest teeth in terms of heavy browning or teeth decay. What will be your reaction?
Well if you are anything like me—first off, I will be overly disappointed, but not so much for the bad teeth and breath but for the fact that I took the time to prepare myself to be very presentable only to be met with someone who is not so keen on self-care.
The example above is one of many situations where we meet someone and immediately have a bad perception of the person.
Everyone desires bright and shiny teeth because we have been raised to believe that a beautiful smile with a healthy set of teeth can improve our appearance drastically.
Not only does white teeth help in making you feel comfortable in your skin but also boosts your confidence, whether you have just woken up or getting ready to hit the town with friends.
This is why it is not such a wonder that celebrities and entertainers spend a lot of money in enhancing their dental outlook.
Going by a survey that was referenced by the New York Post in one of their publications. In which the dental hygiene of 2000 Americans was compiled. It was deduced that three out of every ten youths brushed their teeth once a day.
It was also deduced that an average youth or should I say millennials had gone two to three days without brushing their teeth. And 56% of those polled said they were afraid of visiting a cosmetic dentist in NY, which unfortunately still happens all the time.
Over the years, and through bad habits, diet choices, and poor hygiene, our teeth can become discolored or worse still decayed.
Nothing ruins the effect of a great smile like yellowed teeth. You want your teeth to be shiny, sparkling and with good breath!!!!!
That is why I have come up with some home remedies that can help enhance the looks of your teeth, especially for people with the fear of visiting the Dentist.
This is probably the most common and widespread natural whitening agent for the teeth. You might have also noticed that it has been marketed a lot in infomercials as one of the primary whitening ingredients in toothpaste.
For many years now, baking soda has built quite a reputation as a cleaning agent for laundry, cleaning, brightening tasks and dirty dishes. And that cleaning and whitening ability also extends itself to teeth cleaning.
You just have to dip your wet toothbrush into a small amount of baking soda and brush your teeth as you would normally.
But you have to brush a bit less vigorously because the baking soda is abrasive and can potentially damage the surface of your tooth.
Simply brush gently in a circular motion to scrape away stains and discoloration. You may have to do this consistently for a few days to get that whitening effect you so desire. One good advantage of baking soda is that it is relatively cheap and can be found in any grocery outlet. You can apply daily if necessary.
Some folks, in other, to boost the effectiveness of the baking soda, do dip their toothbrush first in apple cider vinegar rather than water before dipping it in baking soda.
When you do this, it gives the baking soda a bit of a fizz. And with apple cider vinegar being a natural whitening item as well, you will end up getting a bang for your buck.
To crown the beauty of using both cleaning agents together; both apple cider vinegar and baking soda have antifungal and antibacterial properties, which means that when used, they not only whiten your teeth but also leaves you with a fresh breath.
Lemon Juice and Orange peel
These two fruits have been known to be natural tooth whiteners for ages, albeit with a somewhat controversial view. Their high pH or acidity levels enables them to whiten the teeth by bleaching away stains and discolorations.
But it is however important to note that these fruit juices have sugary contents by nature, there is a tendency for them to enhance the effects of an already decaying teeth.
You can either rub your teeth with the inner side of an orange peel or brush your teeth with lemon juice for an instant whitish smile. Constant use will no doubt make your teeth brighter but leaves you at a risk of having decayed teeth or worse still, your teeth being damaged by their acidity levels.
Oranges are not quite as acidic as lemon juice, so using orange peels might be a more viable option, should you choose to use this method.
Charcoal and Hardwood Ash
These two are really old school methods of home remedy application for teeth whitening. It is believed that the lye in the hardwood ash helps in removing discoloration and stains from the teeth.
It also has a simple procedure, all you have to do is, make a paste with pure hardwood ashes—like from your fireplace— and water to brush your teeth with.
While charcoal, on the other hand, refers not to the charcoal briquettes you normally use in your grill but rather the activated charcoal, the type being used in filtering systems.
All you have to do is grind or crush the charcoal into a fine powder and dip a wet toothbrush in it to brush your teeth with. You will need to rinse your mouth thoroughly after applying this method. Some people even go as far as using a regular toothpaste afterwards to remove the taste.
In conclusion, the above home remedies are cheap and easy ways to handle your teeth discoloration problems, so you needn't be afraid of visiting the dentist anymore, except for a more chronic problem that has nothing to do with making teeth sparkling white.
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