Everybody wants to have a perfect set of white teeth. In America alone more than 11 billion dollars is spent on teeth whitening and 1.4 billion is spent on teeth whitening products that can easily be used at home.

When it comes to teeth whitening, there are tons of products out there on the market for you to choose from.

However, a lot of these so-called teeth whitening products are made up of chemicals that bleach the teeth and this chemical can affect the teeth negatively when used for a long time.

What causes yellowing in teeth?








There are several factors that contribute to the yellowing of the teeth. Most of the time, it could be as a result of food stains or the accumulation of plaque.

Sometimes, the teeth could look yellow because its hard enamel has been eroded gradually during the years thus revealing the dentine. The dentine is a yellow tissue that lies under the enamel. So, if the enamel is eroded the yellowish dentine becomes exposed.

Next, we are going to be looking at some natural ways you can whiten your teeth without spending a fortune on expensive teeth whitening products

  1. Use oil

The use of oil is one of the most effective methods you can use to improve your dental health and ultimately remove toxins from your teeth.

Oil pulling is an important and effective method; this is due to the fact that it removes the bacteria that encourage the formation of plaque which in turn leads to yellow coloration of the teeth.

  1. Use baking soda

Research has shown that baking soda has natural whitening constituent and that is why it is one of the basic ingredients in the production of toothpaste.

Even more, baking soda encourages alkalinity. A bacterium that causes yellowing will not be able to survive in an alkaline environment.

A recent study show that toothpaste that contains baking sodas are more effective at teeth whitening. Therefore, the higher the concentration of baking soda in toothpaste, the more effective it will be at whitening the teeth.

At home, you can mix one tablespoon of baking soda with water and use it to brush your teeth twice weekly.

  1. Hydrogen peroxide

Another natural bleaching agent that kills bacteria and whitens the teeth is hydrogen peroxide. Over the years, many have used hydrogen peroxide to clean wound because it has the ability to kill bacteria.

A lot of teeth whitening product on the market contain hydrogen peroxide in high concentration. One study shows that toothpaste that contains baking soda and hydrogen peroxide whitens the teeth faster.

  1. Apple cider vinegar

This has been used over the centuries as a strong disinfectant for cleaning. Acetic acid is the main ingredient in apple vinegar that kills bacteria.

Acetic acid also led to the eroding of the enamel. Because of this, dental care specialist has advised that apple cider vinegar should not be used on a regular basis. And even when it is been used, it should be diluted with water.

Do you know how many toothbrushes you have used and thrown away during the course of your life?  Dental care providers advice that it is important to change toothbrushes every 3 months. A thirty-year-old man or woman should have thrown away 120 toothbrushes.

Today, more than sixty-five million people in the United Kingdom use and discard more than 256 million tooth bushes each year. Imagine for a second that these toothbrushes were kept in one place, it is going to make a great pile.

It might interest you to know that, there are some things you can use your toothbrush for after you have stopped using them to brush your teeth.

In this article, we are going to discuss some creative ways you can use your old toothbrushes so as to save time and money.


















1. Exfoliation

Of course, there are tools on the market that are dedicated strictly to exfoliation. But your old toothbrush can also be used as an exfoliating tool. You can use your old toothbrushes to exfoliate your lips especially if there are dead skins on it that you want to get rid of. Right now you might be wondering if it is effective at all. When you actually try it you will be amazed as to how effective they can be when it comes to exfoliating the lips.

2. Cleaning your fish tank

If you have a portable fish tank at home, then you probably know how important it is for you to clean it regularly. Now, this is where your old brushes come in. You can use it to keep your fish tank clean.

3. Hair

If you are a hairstylist, then you can use your old toothbrush when picking out your highlighters. You will be amazed at how effective they are.

4. Narrow areas

There are chances that your laptop has a lot of nooks and crannies that you cannot really get your hands on while using a cloth. Using your old toothbrush will enable you to clean every part of with without any stress, especially your keyboard area and other narrow spaces where dust and bacteria reside.

5. Shine

You can also use an old toothbrush as a tool to polish your old jewellery to give it back its shine. You will be amazed as to how effective they could be.

6. Bathroom

You can use your old toothbrushes to clean the nooks and crannies of your bathroom, especially between tiles.

7. Nail cleaner

From time to time dirt gets under your nails. This dirt can be difficult to remove. Using your old toothbrush will get them out of your nails in seconds. Many people keep their old toothbrush in their handbag so that they can remove dirt from their finger at any time of the day.

8. Paws cleaner

If you have a pet, let us say a dog, you will know that a difficult area to clean is its paws. But you don’t have to stress yourself while doing this. Using your old toothbrush can help you clean your dog’s paws faster.

These are just a few ways you can use your old brushes, brainstorm and think of more practical ways you can use them.