Don’t you just want a gleaming smile that makes every one stop and stare, yet do not have money to achieve that. Well there is hope for you. Clear white teeth is a must for everyone, yes more paramount to some than others, yet clean teeth can open doors of opportunities for some certain jobs, cleanliness and good hygiene is considered. Better still, prevention is better than cure as one can prevent getting brown teeth by brushing twice a day, using good fluoride and whitening toothpaste, drinking lots of water, floss in-between teeth daily, visit your dentist at least twice in a year.

Avoid too much sugar intake, this can cause bacteria build up. Diet rich in calcium can make the teeth healthy, strong and prevent teeth from turning yellow. It isn’t rocket science to get the perfect smile. Remember, when you are not using the expensive lasers, good results tend to be slower, so be patient.

Come take a ride with me as we dive into 6 ways to whiten your teeth at home with little expense

The use of Baking soda

This is present in some whitening toothpaste, but can also be used on its own. It is a mild abrasive that can help scrub away surface stains. Bear in mind that there are different kind of stains, as this product might work for some more than others. There is alkaline present in this product that prevents bacteria from growing in the mouth. Baking soda has been proven to remove yellow stains and plague from the teeth.

Put 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a container, add 2 tea spoons of water. Mix till you have a pasty consistency, then brush the teeth with your toothbrush and rinse with clean water.

This can be done few times a week.

The use of hydrogen peroxide

This is known as a bleaching agent and can kill bacteria in the mouth, it can be used as a mouthwash, do not forget to dilute with water or mix with baking soda to form a whitening paste. Studies have shown that using toothpaste containing hydrogen peroxide and baking soda can give whiter teeth.

The use of apple cider and vinegar

This has been used for centuries and known for as a cleansing, detoxifying, disinfecting agent. Acetic acid is the main ingredient contained in apple cider and vinegar, this is good for killing bacteria. You can use this product as a mouth wash, therefore cleaning and whitening the teeth. The more you see it, the better the effect.

As apple cider has a bleaching agent, vinegar softens the teeth. Acetic acid eats into the teeth while whitening therefore this product should be used maximum twice a week. When using as a mouthwash, make sure you dilute with water, and then use clean water to rinse thoroughly.


Did somebody scream yummy!? Did somebody say how come? Well it is very possible as fruits and vegetables have been used and proven to whiten the teeth. As you chew to nourish your body, your teeth are getting whiter. Also bear in mind that it is not a one off thing.

Eat fruits often people. Crunchy raw fruits and vegetables can help rub off plaque as you chew. Toothpaste containing Brome lain, an enzyme found in pineapples is effective in whitening the teeth than regular toothpaste.

Activated charcoal

This is a black powdery product also used as cleaning agents for so many things, this can be used to whiten teeth and pull out toxins in the mouth, while removing stains from the teeth.

This can be used few times a week. Use with toothbrush, brush and then rinse.

The use of coconut oil

Coconut oil is not just for body treatment and beautification but also for whitening teeth, Oh yes. Lauric acid is the main ingredient in coconut oil, in fact makes up 50 % of the oil. Lauric acid and Monolaurin can kill harmful bacteria, fungi and viruses in the body. As a matter of fact, health benefits of coconut oil are mainly caused by Lauric acid. Oil pulling is the whitening process that is adopted when using coconut oil, this process started in India.

Oil pulling is simply swishing oil in your mouth 15 to 20 minutes and then spitting it out. That is not difficult if you ask me. In order words it’s like using oil as a mouthwash. Do not forget to brush with toothpaste when you are done. This can be done few times in a week or according to preference.



This article was written by Ngozi Florence Ojeogwu; connect with her on IG here

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