5 Ways to Naturally Whiten Your Teeth

Looking for ways to keep your teeth looking fresh and white? It’s so important to keep them healthy and in check. But no matter how much you keep up with flossing and brushing, your teeth can still be discolored. The problem is, teeth become discolored or stained for several different reasons. 

Eating certain foods, for example, can cause our teeth to become stained. As time goes by, our tooth enamel gets thinner, and the dentin starts to become yellow. Both of these natural processes mean that our teeth may become less white as we age. If you’re looking for a few natural ways to get whiter teeth, check out a few of these.

1. Use Baking Soda

Baking soda, also called sodium bicarbonate, is a kind of salt made with bicarbonate anion and sodium cation. The original crystalline form is grounded into a fine powder which is then used in baking recipes or cleaning. When you brush your teeth using baking soda, you can reduce plaque, prevent decay, and remove stains. Try using a pea-sized amount mixed with your regular toothpaste.

2. Consider Your Diet

Looking for the easiest way to get naturally white teeth? The key is to consider your diet. It’s best to steer clear of drinks and foods which can stain the teeth. Avoid drinking too many dark juices or sodas, as well as wine or coffee. Foods that are dark in color can also cause stains, including soy sauce, curries, or dark berries.

Acidic foods can also leave you with yellow teeth, and this is because the acid can damage the enamel. For this reason, you should avoid eating too much candy and citrus fruits. Overall, eating a healthy diet can help to improve your teeth and improve your skin too.

3 . Oil Pulling Method

Oil pulling is a method of washing the mouth using oil. The idea is to remove dirt, bacteria, and debris. The oil pulling method is also effective as a teeth whitening solution. The National Library Of Medicine concluded that ‘Oil pulling using coconut oil could be an effective adjuvant procedure in decreasing plaque formation and plaque-induced gingivitis.’ You can try sunflower oil, sesame oil, or coconut oil.

4 . Neem

Neem is a kind of natural herb extracted from Neem trees; the tree is sometimes called Indian lilac, or its botanical name, Azadirachta indica. Centuries ago, sticks of neem were considered a great natural toothpaste, and many people still use this method today. Studies have indicated that the herb can prevent plaque, gum disease, and whiten your teeth. Neem is also an excellent herb for freshening the breath.

5. Basil

Basil is a fantastic ingredient for teeth whitening; it has natural bleaching properties and can help to fade yellow stains. Simply ground up basil leaves until you have a fine powder, and then mix the powder up with your regular toothpaste. You’d be surprised how many regular garden herbs are great for oral health, whether it’s peppermint or sage!

Perhaps you’ve got your teeth whitening sussed, and now you’re looking for further improvements? If your teeth are chipped or cracked, it’s a good idea to call upon the services of a cosmetic dentist. Whether you want to fix the gaps in your teeth or realign crooked teeth, the right dentist can help.

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Are Cosmetic Procedures Just For Hollywood?

Have you ever toyed with the idea of getting work done? And by work done I mean cosmetic treatments and surgeries. It’s something a lot of celebrities, Hollywood types, and people in the entertainment industry get thinking it improves the way they look. After living in NYC for a couple years, I moved to LA for three. And while living in LA for about a year, I developed an eye for recognizing when someone had work done because it was THAT common!

In my opinion, obsessing over achieving this ideal “look” leads to so many problems relating to body image and how the world sets its beauty standards. It can lead many down a very dark and long rabbit hole.

But I am a believer in balance, and if you think you need a tweak or subtle alteration, then there is nothing wrong with that. As long as you don’t stray too far and get carried away. To this day, I never had plastic surgery, but I have gotten and swear by micro-blading as well as other cosmetic treatments.

Why do we even feel the need to change the way we look? Are we shallow? Insecure? Here’s some things to think about if you are considering a treatment or procedure.

Surgical Fix or Not?

Most people who get cosmetic surgery will do so because they have issues with self-confidence. In simple terms, they don’t feel comfortable with certain aspects of their body. It makes them feel really down about how they look, affecting their mental health. In situations like this, why shouldn’t you consider a cosmetic treatment if it makes you feel better? 

I think there are two key points here: 

  • Why are you self-conscious?
  • Are there other alternatives?

If this has been an issue that’s plagued your life forever, then I don’t see why a cosmetic procedure can’t be the answer. That is unless there are alternatives that provide the same solution. Could you improve your flat booty by doing squats or going to the gym and following a proper routine? Yes, and it could stop you from getting butt implants, then maybe having butt implant removal if there are complications, and so on.

Likewise, if you have skin problems and want a facelift, could you see the same results from a few microneedling treatments instead? In many cases, you probably would!

In these scenarios, it’s best to try the alternatives, see if they improve your situation, and maybe consider cosmetic procedures if you’re still self-conscious. 

Also, if your self-confidence problems stem from looking at other people and wishing you had their body, is that a good enough reason to pay thousands for surgery? It’s a difficult argument, but perhaps it’s better to learn to love yourself and not compare yourself to others. Trust me, I know it’s not easy and this kind of self love takes a lot of work!

Physical Problems

The next point relates to physical problems that come from accidents or surgeries, etc. A good example is someone who had a breast removed due to cancer. Not a nice topic to think about, but it’s the sad reality for many women. Here, getting a breast implant can help someone feel whole again and bring a shining light after a terrible ordeal. 

There are many instances where illnesses or accidents can leave someone with physical issues that can be fixed by surgery. However, someone might worry about what people will think about them if they got surgery because it’s often viewed in a negative way. 

So what’s the verdict? Cosmetic surgery isn’t as bad as you might believe. The problem is when famous people just get surgery for the sake of it, then distort the public perception of body image. Still, there are cases where you could genuinely think about getting a cosmetic procedure, particularly if it’s the only option to solve a long-lasting self-confidence issue, or to correct a problem stemming from an illness or accident. Something to think about.

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Benefits of Kundalini Yoga During a Pandemic

Yoga & Meditation teacher Oksanna Romanov, aka Priya, talks about the benefits of Kundalini yoga during a pandemic. I’ve been practicing with her for two months now and it has been so helpful and healing during these times. Timestamps for what we talked about below… 💟

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1:58 – what is Kundalini yoga?

2:30 – meaning of Love is Love

5:23 – what does it mean to be “elevated”?

7:40– cleaning your subconscious for a clear approach and alignment

13:33 – fear vs. courage

18:04 – Coping with the pandemic and doing the self work

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