20 Unexpected Ways to Whiten Your Teeth

As a recent dentist-visiting convert, (having always been terrified) I’m nowvery into looking after my teeth. A trip to the hygienist is the best way to get whiter teeth, but for in-between appointments, why not try these natural ways to keep your teeth white?

If you’re partial to cups of tea, glasses of red wine, buckets of coffee and smoking then you might find your teeth have got discoloured. Find out how to get rid of the stains now… (oh, and if you’re a fan, please share this article – we’re trying to spread the word about our website!).

Try out…

1. Chocolate

Quick, run to the shop.
Nip round to the shop, there’s a dear.

If you’ve ever stuffed your face with chocolate, resulting in a questionable brown smile you might find this one a surprise. Pick up some dark chocolate when you next head to the shop and you will help bacteria from sticking to your teeth. It also contains theobormine , which has been found to be better than fluoride at hardening and re-mineralising tooth enamel.

2. Steak

steak
I’ll have the fillet please. Oooh, & peppercorn sauce.

Chewing a steak will keep mouths and gums exercising which will give them strength. The phosphorus will also help to protect teeth bone and enamel. What a great excuse to head to a fancy restaurant for a tasty bit of  steak.

3. Cheese

cheese
Cheeseboard time!

Great news for cheese fans – the yellow treat been found to increase alkaline saliva and forms a protective layer around your teeth which will help keep acid away. Hard cheeses will also help to remove old food from your teeth. Quick, crack out the cheese board.

4. Orange peel

orange
Orange you happy your teeth are so white?

Cut an inch strip of orange peel with the pith (the white) facing you and cover your teeth with it. Rub it back and forth over your teeth and the acid in the orange peel will help to brighten them. Remember to brush your teeth afterwards, but not immediately – you don’t want to damage tooth enamel weakened by acid.

5. Baking soda paste

baking soda
Fizz-tastic stuff.

Mix a couple of teaspoons of baking soda with water or fresh lemon juice to make a paste. After wiping your teeth from saliva with a paper towel, put the paste on your toothbrush and use it to coat your teeth. Leave for a minute and then rinse!

6. Strawberries

strawberries
Your teeth will be so berry pretty.

Packed full of vitamin C, strawberries will help your yellowing teeth. Once a week, try mashing up some strawberries to make a paste. Rub it onto your teeth – only do this once a week to avoid causing damage to your enamel. Don’t forget to brush your teeth afterwards to reduce the acidity in your mouth.

7. Salt

salt
Take a tiny little wooden spoon…

Got some table salt? Mix a little with some baking soda to make a rub for your gnashers. It’s an inexpensive treatment for your teeth – try it twice a week and see how you go.

8. Lemon

lemon
Oh lemon, you really are a useful fruit.

Gargle with the juice of a lemon and rub the peel all over your teeth to help get rid of yellow marks. Like with other fruit solutions, brush your teeth a little while after to avoid erosion from this acidic food.

9. Charcoal

charcoal
Grab a brush & some coal!

It’s a weird one, but go grab yourself some charcoal powder. Mix it with your regular toothbrush and have a brush. Coffee, tea, wine and plaque will soon be removed – amazing!

10. Apple

apple
Granny Smith, Braeburn or Red Delicious?

An apple-a-day can keep the dentist away too – they will cleanse and brighten your teeth because of their mild acidic nature. This crunchy fruit will help rub away those stains over time. The water content will increase your saliva production as well, which will help with bacteria which leads to plaque.

11. Nuts & seeds

nuts and seeds
Not just for squirrels & birds.

Chew these hard foods to help rub away plaque and stains. They’re also full of healthy fats and protein. Nuts and seeds are not just for woodland creatures!

12. Celery

celery
Crunch. Crunch. Crunch.

The high water content in celery will stimulate saliva production, and you can look forward to getting rid of old food in your mouth as well. Your gums will also be strengthened by that crunch. Plus, it’s pretty darn good for you.

Stay away from…

13. Ice

ice
Ice ice baby, will hurt your teeth maybe.

Stop chewing on ice – it will make your teeth vulnerable and you could end up cracking your teeth! If you find you can’t stop chewing ice, it may be that you have an iron deficiency, so get yourself to a doctor to find out more.

14. Tongue piercings

tongue
Get rid of it!

If you’ve ever had your tongue pierced, you’ll know you can’t help but play with it. Rubbing the metal along gums and teeth can damage them – it could even lead to tooth loss.

15. Opening bottles with your teeth

bottle opener
You could probably pick one up for a £1 today.

Don’t risk cracking or chipping a tooth by opening a bottle with your teeth! Perfectly good opening devices exist, so you have no excuses. I’m guessing it would probably hurt as well…

16. Red wine

red wine
Red, red wine. You stain my teeeeeth.

Acids in wine will erode your tooth enamel. It also contains tannins and chromogen, a deep pigment which help the colour stick to your teeth – this is why your teeth often can look red after a glass or two. Try keeping a glass of water for after your drink to help combat the staining effects.

17. Dried fruit

dried fruit
Don’t forget to rinse.

Sticky foods such as dried fruit can damage your teeth because they tend to stay on teeth for a long time. Rinse with water to help get rid of the sticky remains and brush and floss as soon as you get the chance.

18. Crisps

crisps
Put down that packet.

Starchy foods like crisps may lead to tooth decay when it gets stuck in between your teeth. Floss after eating a packet to help prevent this. If you can give them a quick brush – even better.

19. Coffee

cofffee
Step away from the coffee.

The dark colour of coffee and acidity can yellow teeth. If you’re drinking iced coffee, use a straw to keep the liquid away from the front of your mouth. Brush and floss to keep plaque away.

20. Cigarettes

cigarettes
Quit – go on, you CAN do it.

Tobacco products can stain teeth and can interfere with saliva production which helps the surface of your teeth keep clean. Quit! Consider Allan Carr’s Easy Way to Quit Smoking – or get yourself free quitting support from the NHS.

21. Energy drinks

cans - nos
Giving you the energy you need to clean your teeth.

Sugar is one of the main ingredients of sports drinks so make sure you stay away from bottles that are high in sugar. Have a rinse around with a glass of water to help wash it away.

22. Fizzy drinks

energy drinks
Bubbles, so many bubbles.

Your favourite sugary drink could be weakening your tooth enamel so try and limit what you drink. If you have to, then choose a bottle of fizzy drink that’s low in sugar.

23. Sweets

sweets
So many colours – so bad for your teeth!

I don’t need to tell you that sweets are bad for your teeth. I don’t just mean sticky sweets – sour sweets, chewy sweets, cakes – they all contain high levels of sugar which will get stuck in your teeth and cause tooth decay.

Good luck with your teeth! 

 

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DIY Guide To Surviving The Holidays With Family

Let’s face it, there are times when holiday gatherings are not fun and joyous but remind you of how dysfunctional your family actually is.

You love them, you can’t stand them, you’re obligated to spend the holidays with them – here are a few crafty ways to help you make it through in one piece.

Fake (or exaggerate) a relationship.

Fake (or exaggerate) a relationship.

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“Why yes, as a matter of fact, I am dating a very nice boy! And he’s a lawyer. And I’mknitting this tie for him right now…”

Don’t let your phone and earbuds out of your sight.

Don't let your phone and earbuds out of your sight.

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Put ‘em in a cute little carrying case and keep them by your side at all times. You never know when someone is going to start a trip down memory lane, and those can only go one of two ways: crying or yelling.

Shock them with your new *tattoos*.

Shock them with your new *tattoos*.

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“Oh, what’s this? Just something I picked up while I was couch surfing in Amsterdam last spring.” And better yet, when it washes off later, you can blame the whole thing on grandma’s memory.

Keep the booze close.

Keep the booze close.

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Like, real close. You’re never going to read that hardcover copy of Lean In anyway, so why not put it to good use and make a carved-out stash box to hide the contraband?

Write about your feelings…or something.

Write about your feelings...or something.

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Sure, you moved out five years ago, but that doesn’t mean your mom’s questions about where you’re going, who’s going to be there, and what time you’ll be home have stopped. Don’t want to start a fight? Write it down. Better yet, write it down in abeautiful journal you stitched yourself. See, better already!

Keep your e-reader handy.

Keep your e-reader handy.

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And keep it close-at-hand in a protective tablet cover. You never know when you’ll suddenly need to look reallllllly engaged in a book to avoid your dad’s questions about that college loan…

Hang out with the kids.

Hang out with the kids.

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Your little cousins don’t know the difference between a medical degree and an English major. Get their attention (and adoration) by bribing them with a pouch of candy stashed in your pocket, and then happily laugh to yourself when you watch their parents try to put them to bed later.

Fake an injury.

Fake an injury.

Need a moment to yourself? Skip the tired “headache” excuse. A few drops of fake blood should buy you at least 30 minutes in a locked bathroom.

Avoid them.

Avoid them.

When all else fails, hide in your room. Go for a walk. Steal the car and go for a joy ride. And make sure to let them know you’re otherwise occupied – that’s what homemade chalkboards are for.

Homemade Gifts Bath and Body

These Bath and Body tutorials include homemade beauty recipes,pretty nails, homemade facials, homemade face masks, homemade facial cleanser, night creams and the best moisturizer for a clean face and good skin for any skin type and age! These Bath and body homemade beauty recipes are perfect for homemade gifts this Christmas and are fabulous for gift giving! These all-natural recipes are sure to leave your face feeling fresh and put you one step closer to glowing skin!

Bath and Body

DIY Spa Kit {At Home Pampering} 

~ Here is a fabulous at home spa kit that is sure to pamper! It would also make a fabulous gift for a special friend or family member. Make a kit or two today with these scrumptious recipes!

 
Bath & Beauty

Homemade Honey Bubble Bath {free printable}

~ A chic DIY gift idea – relaxing homemade bubble bath with a honey bubble bath recipe and free printable labels!

DIY Bubble Bath

DIY Fizzie Bath Bombs

~  Bath fizzies are so intriguing to watch fizz, melt and completely disappear.  The natural oil in them leaves your skin feeling smooth, soft and moisturized.

Holiday Bath Tea {Bath & Beauty}

~ Using the right herbs, essential oils and salts, you can create the scent of the holidays, or just about anything else you like.  This bath & beauty gift is an inexpensive yet thoughtful way to help your friends unwind and soak up the season.

Fun Things to Make

Herbal Foot Soak

~ Soothe your achy feet with this herbal foot soak!  Dried lavender, mint leaves, bergamot petals and essential oils are some of the ingredients that make this foot soak heavenly scented.  Add the ingredients in a pretty jar and shake to mix.  That’s it, very simple!  Keep it to pamper yourself or give it away for a beautiful homemade gift.

Bath Bomb Cupcakes Recipe {how to}

~ How To make bath bombs that look like cupcakes bt that are perfect bath fizzies in the water!

Homemade Bath & Beauty

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