Use a special electric toothbrush
An electric toothbrush is the top natural teeth whitener, says Mark Burhenne, DDS, a sleep medicine dentist in Sunnyvale, CA. Oscillatory electric toothbrushes are the best at removing stains for natural teeth whitening, he says. The motion of the bristles breaks up the pellicle, or film, on your teeth. “A thick pellicle will speed the staining process, so it’s a good idea to break it up with an electric toothbrush if you’re trying to expose your brighter teeth,” he says.
Try a whitening toothpaste
Believe it or not, there are no “whitening toothpastes” in the strict sense of the word, according to Burhenne. “Toothpaste can really only remove stains, not whiten enamel,” he says. Although it might be hard to find, look for toothpaste with creamy textures and citroxain or activated charcoal, Burhenne says. But don’t over-use activated charcoal products for natural teeth whitening; it’s best to use them in moderation and discuss usage with your dentist. If you need some product inspiration, check out these 14 teeth whitening products dentists use themselves.
Boost your toothpaste with baking soda
If you want to take your normal toothpaste to the next level, try adding a little baking soda to your paste for a natural teeth whitener, says Elliot Zharnitsky, DDS, an orthodontist at Diamond Braces in New York, NY. Research shows that toothpaste with baking soda not only works for stain removal but also removes plaque from teeth more effectively than non-baking soda toothpaste. Here are more toothpastes dentists use for natural teeth whitening.