Our teeth can certainly take a beating. Coffee, tea, tobacco use, even red wine can leave unsightly stains on our teeth, ruining that perfect smile we all long to have. Many of us will do just about anything to whiten our smile because a bright, white smile can do wonders for our confidence.
Interestingly, there’s a historical reason why perfectly white teeth are so desired in many cultures. Pearly white teeth have been a mark of beauty and wealth for centuries. In fact, the practice of teeth-whitening can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians around 4,000 years ago. They used a mixture of ground pumice stone mixed in wine vinegar to whiten their teeth. A few centuries later, ancient Romans used … well … urine to whiten teeth. Yea, you heard me right, they used urine.
Well, we’ve come a long way baby. Today, there are many other techniques — both professional and natural — that you can use to whiten your teeth, and they don’t include urine, thank you very much.