When I lived in the US, I used to buy an over-the-counter-teeth whitening kit that worked wonders. In recent years, since I moved to Thailand, the product I used isn’t available here but, even if it was, I wouldn’t use it as it’s dangerous. Studies now show, many over-the-counter whitening products damage your tooth enamel, where more natural homemade treatments do not. That’s why, in recent years, I’ve been using Thai natural home remedies to whiten my teeth – with some pretty spectacular results.
Orange Peel – Many Thais have blindingly white teeth and, although most also use a western-style toothpaste, some also use natural home remedies to whiten their teeth. One of the home remedies a Thai friend taught me was to use orange peel to clean your teeth.
Just rub your teeth with the white pulpy side of the orange peel and leave on for a few minutes. Then rinse your mouth. Repeat every day for a week, then two to three times a week to help keep your teeth white. It’s the acid in the orange peel that bleaches your teeth. Just be careful not to overdo it, as the acid can damage the enamel on your teeth if done too often.
Burnt Toast – I learned about this natural home remedy for whitening your teeth from an Iranian friend I had more than 20 years ago. In Iran, women will deliberately burn toast, then grind up the blackened toast and pound into a gritty powder. Use it as a tooth polish (I mix it with a little mint toothpaste) every day for at least two weeks and you’ll end up with lovely white teeth. Be warned, it tastes awful, but it does work well.
Turmeric – When I was in university, I always noticed how our next door neighbors (and also two of my best friends) had incredibly white teeth so, one day asked them what they did. Both Indian guys from Bombay, they told me, instead of using toothpaste before going to bed, they brushed their teeth with turmeric powder.
Weirdly, turmeric powder is a bright orange, so you’d think it would turn your teeth yellow. It doesn’t though. Rubbing turmeric powder on your teeth every day, either with your finger or a toothbrush, is an extremely efficient way to whiten and brighten your teeth.
Cloves – One of my friends swears by clove oil to whiten her teeth and, I must admit, she has almost blindingly white teeth. I don’t like the taste of cloves, so it’s not a remedy I would use, but for those of you who don’t mind it or can put up with it, the clove oil teeth whitening remedy apparently works well.
All you do is apply a few drops of the oil (available at most health food stores) to your toothbrush and clean. Expect to see whiter teeth in a week to 10 days.
While many people rely on expensive over-the-counter teeth whitening products, there’s really no need. Cheap, natural home remedies are just as effective and often less dangerous too.