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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20 Things People Over 20 Should Stop Doing

Here are 20 things people over 20 should stop doing. And believe me, I’ve been guilty of most of them.

1. Playing video games instead of looking for a job.

Video games can be extremely fun, but those games can sure take up a lot of valuable time that could be spent on more important areas of life. There is nothing wrong with playing them, as long as you balance the time needed for school, work, and other important aspects of life.

2. Spending money you don’t have.

Credit cards may seem like an easy way to pay for things you really want, but in the long run they could really hurt you if not properly used. Stick to cash, debit, or checks. This may seem old-school, but they will definitely help you manage your money.

3. Using the term “YOLO.”

Simple. Please stop using it.

 

4. Only going to church to find a relationship.

Not only will you hurt yourself in the long run, but you are also selfishly taking time away from a man or woman who is seeking after God’s wisdom and guidance. You can definitely find a great relationship at church, but don’t make that your only reason for attending.

5. Citing “-Google” on a college paper or work presentation. 

It’s not a valid citation, and it could get you in some  trouble.

6. Thinking you know it all.

Nobody want’s to spend time around a know-it-all. Walk in a posture of learning, and embrace every opportunity to gain new knowledge and wisdom.

7. Dating with no vision.

You’re confusing your heart, and you’re hurting the hearts of others.

8. Demanding respect before you’ve earned it.

Don’t get prideful. Learn to scrub the floors before you ask to manage the building. Don’t let self entitlement get the best of you.

9. Waiting until the last minute to do things.

Stop procrastinating! Teach yourself diligence in all circumstances. Not only will this help you in your day-to-day life, but it will always help you set yourself up for the future.

10. Getting in arguments over social media.

Nobody wants to see your drama on their news feed. Keep it to yourself and the people involved. Handle each situation in a mature and honorable manner.

11. Blaming others for your own mistakes

Drop your pride. Accept your failures. Learn from your mistakes. You will learn a lot from the process.

12. Relying on your mother and father to constantly bail you out of trouble.

Learn to take care of yourself instead of always relying on your mother and father. They aren’t always going to be around to help you.

13. Calling off work for no reason.

You aren’t doing anyone a favor by calling off. Learn to be responsible, and value that job someone else in the world wishes they had.

14. Ignoring wisdom from people who are older than you.

You don’t know everything. Take time to learn from people who having been living longer than you.

15. Thinking minimum wage is worse than no job at all.

Don’t believe the lie that money is everything. Any job is a good start. Give your full attention to any job, no matter the pay.

16. Pretending like you didn’t know any better.

Purposeful ignorance will only get you so far. Own up to your mistakes and take each failure as an opportunity to learn.

17. Using the excuse, “I’m too young.”

You’re never too young. There is always room for you to succeed when hope is on your side. Have faith in yourself and the gifts God has given you.

18. Living in the moment, and not planning for the future.

Be diligent, and plan for the future. Give yourself some goals, dreams, and future aspirations. Give yourself something to wake up for in the morning.

19. Giving up before you start. Stop making excuses!

Excuses won’t get you anywhere! Better to try and fail than to regret never trying at all. At least you will learn something.

20. Being Passive.

If you don’t stand for something, you’ll eventually fall for anything.

No one is perfect, and these points are all things I myself have once struggled with or been witness of.

- Jarrid Wilson

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What else should people over 20 stop doing? Leave a comment below!

18 Bizarrely Effective Home Remedies

Grandma was right. You can treat anything with what you have lying around the house.

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1. Almonds can help cure headaches.

18 Bizarrely Effective Home Remedies
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Eating about 20 almonds can help treat headaches due to the presence of the enzyme salicin. Eating almonds over a period of time may even reduce the likelihood of getting headaches in the first place. Go, nuts!

2. Clove oil can treat toothaches.

18 Bizarrely Effective Home Remedies

A dab of clove oil on a cotton ball can provide temporary relief to aching teeth and gums due to its effectiveness as a topical analgesic. It can also give your grills a sweet sheen.

3. Playing the didgeridoo helps treat sleep apnea.

Playing the didgeridoo helps treat sleep apnea.

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Studies have shown that playing the didgeridoo can help strengthen respiratory function, leading to decreased severity of sleep apnea. Thus proving, once again, that Lisa Simpson is always right.

4. Lemon balm can help treat cold sores.

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Lemon balm is a naturally powerful anti-viral. When applied to cold sores, it helps them to clear up faster than they normally would.

5. Ginger can help treat nausea and seasickness.

18 Bizarrely Effective Home Remedies

Ginger has been proven to reduce the tendency of vomiting and cold sweats due to nausea amongst sailors. It’s also just delicious, so there’s that.

6. Ginger can also reduce pain from an ear infection.

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Ginger is a natural painkiller and anti-inflammatory. The major downside to the ginger treatment, though, is that it takes around 20 minutes.