Healthy smiles can come in many different shades, though it’s alluring to think that the ingredients in our own kitchens could hold the key to a brighter smile. Brighter smiles have traditionally been a universal aspiration for all ages. There are many different ways to achieve a brighter smile but unfortunately, teeth whitening treatments can become costly very quickly. And what happens if those don’t work? Getting a head start with some natural, at-home whitening remedies might be your best bet for affordable results.

  • Brushing and Flossing. Keeping up with your oral hygiene is always the best method for keeping your smile looking its best. When you don’t regularly brush your teeth, bacteria and debris from leftover food can turn into stain-making substances that will darken your teeth.

  • Oil Pulling. Although there is no scientific evidence that backs up this technique for its whitening abilities, it is popular. This technique consists of you swishing a preferred oil (such as sesame or coconut oil) around in your mouth for 10-15 minutes to “pull out” the bacteria.

  • Baking Soda. This method has been around for decades and I’m sure it will be around much longer. Using baking soda in your toothpaste acts as a mild abrasive to scrub away stains. Studies show that brushing your teeth with products that have baking soda in them will work to reduce surface stains over time.

  • Watch What You Eat. The foods you choose to eat can not only affect your general health, but it can affect the health of your teeth and gums too. Soda, cola, and other carbonated drinks can lead to serious stains due to the acids and dyes.

Whiter teeth without using a lot of chemicals are the most natural way to deliver actual results. It’s important to note that because the natural teeth whitening treatments listed above are chemical free and contain low levels of peroxide (if any at all), you shouldn’t expect “celebrity-white teeth.”