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Your smile is often the first thing that others notice about you.While a set of sparkling white teeth can make anyone appear more attractive and healthier, discolored teeth can seriously hamper a person’s self-confidence. People with stained or yellow teeth may even feel too conscious or embarrassed to smile in public.Teeth tend to lose their color and shine as a person grows older. In addition to this, there are several other factors that can cause yellow or stained teeth.

Here are some ways to whiten your teeth naturally:

1.Baking Soda:
Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, boasts natural whitening properties and is a popular ingredient in commercial toothpaste.Being mildly abrasive in nature, it helps scrub away surface stains and plaque accumulated on the teeth.

Mix ¼ teaspoon of baking soda with a little toothpaste. Brush your teeth with this gritty mixture, and then rinse with warm water. Use this remedy once or twice a week.

Alternatively, mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 2 teaspoons of water. Brush your teeth with the paste. Do this a few times a week.

2.Hydrogen Peroxide Solution
When it comes to whitening your teeth the natural way, the effectiveness of hydrogen peroxide cannot be ignored.Hydrogen peroxide is a natural bleaching agent. It also helps in eliminating the bacteria in your mouth, thus preventing bad breath.

Mix 1 teaspoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide and 1 teaspoon of water. Use this solution as a mouthwash twice daily.

Alternatively, combine 2 teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide and 1 teaspoon of baking soda. Gently brush your teeth with this mixture a few times a week for 2 or 3 weeks.

3.Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is an excellent ingredient for the maintenance of oral health. Using it for oil pulling will help whiten and brighten your teeth.Coconut oil is high in lauric acid, which is known for its ability to reduce inflammation and kill bacteria present in the mouth. These bacteria can lead to plaque formation and other oral issues that may cause a yellow tinge on your teeth.

Method:
Put 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin coconut oil in your mouth.
Swish it around in your mouth for 15 to 20 minutes. Do not gargle.
Spit out the milky solution.
Rinse your mouth thoroughly with water.
Brush your teeth.
Do this once daily in the morning before you eat.

4.Holy Basil
The leaves of holy basil have whitening properties and can also help in protecting your teeth from problems such as periodontitis (pyorrhea), an advanced form of periodontal disease.

Place a few holy basil leaves in the sun for a few hours. Grind the dried leaves into a powder. Mix the powder with your regular toothpaste and use this mixture to brush your teeth.
Another option is to make a paste of holy basil leaves and mustard oil and use it to clean your teeth.

5.Orange Peel
This is one of the most popular natural remedies to whiten yellow teeth. The acidic property of orange peel makes it a powerful bleaching agent. This helps reduce the yellow tinge on your teeth.Moreover, orange peel contains limonene, which makes it highly effective in removing teeth staining, especially stains caused by smoking.

Rub a long strip of orange peel over your teeth for 2 to 3 minutes.
Rinse your mouth thoroughly with lukewarm water.
Repeat this remedy twice daily, until you are satisfied with the results.
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