• Dr. Rishika Sahay


Since most of us are adopting a more natural and conservative way of living, I thought why not talk about the dental perspective of it. If you’ve read my previous blogs, I’ve listed down almost every alternative for tooth whitening. After you get all the information about different ways to use chemicals on your teeth to make it look more aesthetic, it’s very important for you to also know about the natural alternatives to it.

Teeth whitening can be achieved mainly by two processes.

(i) One by removing the stains from the outer surface of the tooth (extrinsic stains)

(ii) And second, by removing the stains locked inside the enamel surface (intrinsic stains).

Removing the intrinsic stains is a complex process that needs chemicals and can also harm or weaken your teeth as these chemicals will be penetrating inside your tooth. While most of the natural means aims at removing extrinsic stains causing the least harm to the teeth.

So, here I’m going to tell you 10 natural ways which can help in teeth whitening based on Ayurvedic concepts, filtered and scientifically approved according to different studies, articles, experiments, and my knowledge as a dentist giving you the best results but at the same time not jeopardizing your dental ‘health’.

  1. ORAL HYGIENE: As a dentist, the first and the most important way to keep your teeth white and healthy is to maintain good oral hygiene. Brushing teeth twice a day for 2 minutes, gargles, using floss or interdental toothbrush.

  2. REMOVAL OF CAUSE: Tobacco, pan, coffee, tea, etc. play a very important role in staining your teeth both externally and internally. So, unless these habits are discontinued, white teeth are a little difficult to achieve.

  3. DIET: For clean and white teeth, pungent, bitter, and astringent food must form a regular part of the diet with the least intake to sugary food. These tastes have a sharp effect on teeth, keeping them clean and also prevents excess plaque build-up.

  4. VITAMIN C: It is specifically known to cause whitening of teeth. However, applying any type of Vitamin C (lemon juice) directly on the teeth is not recommended as the acid in it causes enamel erosion and increases sensitivity. You can always include proportionate amounts of Vitamin C in your diet (mango, orange, etc.) or have chewable pills to get the maximum benefit safely.

  5. CRUNCHY VEGETABLES: Eating more fruits & vegetables like carrot, apple, cucumber, strawberry, etc. act as abrasive and helps to keep the teeth clean and away from extrinsic stains.

  6. MILK: It remineralizes enamel as it is rich in calcium and leaves a stunning shine to your teeth making it look even more aesthetic.

  7. OIL PULLING: 10-15 minutes daily using extra virgin coconut or sesame oil. This method is proven to cause whitening in a number of people. And the scientific basis of this old ayurvedic practice is on point and there’s no reason to not try it. Not just tooth whitening, it also claims to cure about 30 systematic diseases.

  8. DIY: Take a few leaves of tulsi and add a few drops of mustard oil in it. Crush them in a mortar pestle and not in a blender (the heat from blender makes it lose all its properties). And apply this paste on your teeth using your finger daily, apart from your routine oral hygiene practices for whiter teeth.

  9. HERBS: According to ayurvedic medicine, people in India have been using Babul or Neem stick, Tulsi, Mango Leaves, etc for oral hygiene maintenance. But these herbs are proven to have certain properties to prevent the formation of plaque on the teeth and hence they also help to keep the teeth white and clean.

  10. ACTIVATED CHARCOAL: This is also a proven and natural method of teeth whitening. However, it is not the best option due to its abrasive properties. Still, if you want to use it, here’s your complete guide to using activated charcoal for teeth whitening with the least side effects.

I hope all of you try these safer methods out. They may not provide quick results but its definitely worth the wait. Because here along with aesthetic, whiter appearance, you can also ensure good health for your teeth which should be the priority.

These methods have few proven research backgrounds, that's the reason they are not that famous, but all of them definitely have some scientific bases and the best part is that they have no side effects. If you are not happy with the whitening, these methods will at least contribute towards better oral hygiene if used properly and this totally convinced me to recommend it further. So do try these safer and healthier alternatives for teeth whitening before you opt for chemical-based at-home or in-office treatment.

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