I've had the good fortune to travel a lot, and I can honestly tell you that people around the world are a lot more similar than they are different. We all ultimately want the same things: a good life, good friends, good food. We all put on our pants one leg at a time. Around the world, another thing I've seen people having in common is their morning routines. Just about everyone has some form of waking up, cleaning their teeth, having some breakfast, and getting on with their day.
Just as there is more than one way to skin a cat (I hate this saying, poor kitty), there's also more than one way to clean your teeth. Some people swear by oil pulling, where they swish coconut and other essential oils around their mouths for several minutes. Others use charcoal, which makes their teeth really black ... until they rinse it out to reveal pearly whites! Back home in India, a traditional method used by my grandparents was to chew on a twig from the neem tree. Neem is a very medicinal tree and chewing on the bark helped release antiseptic chemicals and oils in the wood, while simultaneously stimulating the gums and clearing plaque via abrasiveness.
Sadly, unless you're someone who is really, truly religious about your oral hygiene, there's a good chance your teeth aren't perfectly white. While some yellowing is natural with age, our diets and lifestyles can cause further staining (smoking is especially bad). That's why there's a whole industry built around coming up with clever ways to whiten your teeth. Major brands, like Crest and Colgate, have lines of toothpaste and dental strips designed specifically for that purpose. If you don't feel like shelling out your money to Proctor & Gamble, however, there is an interesting DIY solution ...
Whether it's because you're a smoker, you really enjoy eating turmeric, or any other reasons, maybe you feel a little self-conscious when you smile because your teeth aren't exactly shiny white.
Fear not, though, because we've found this quick and easy way to whiten your teeth. All it takes is some baking soda ...
... some aluminum foil ...
... and some toothpaste!
Just mix some baking soda with some toothpaste, and then apply a generous layer onto some aluminum foil. Next, wrap the foil around your teeth, getting it really snug around your teeth.
Your DIY "grill" needs to sit on your teeth for around an hour, which is a great time to practice your Lil Jon impersonation.
After an hour, remove the foil and rinse out your mouth thoroughly. Say hello to your dazzling new smile!
Find out more about this method in the video below:
While this method has worked for many people online, it's not guaranteed. People with severe stains or gray teeth may not see the results they were hoping for. Additionally, it's recommended that you don't do this too often as it can potentially strip away the enamel. We at Wimp always recommend you consult with your dentist before starting any kind of whitening treatments.
It should also be noted that some folks may have an added sensitivity to putting foil on their teeth, as it can sometimes cause an electrochemical reaction that produces a harmless, but thoroughly unpleasant, jolt. If you have any dental fillings, definitely consult with your dentist first as this method could also potentially cause damage to those.