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Home Remedies For Whitening Teeth

Try A Home Remedy For Whitening Teeth

Yellowed, stained teeth can be very embarrassing and socially awkward. Nonetheless, not everyone has money to get professional teeth whitening. This begs the question: are there any home remedies for whitening teeth that work well? The answer is yes with one caveat.

All teeth whitening systems, professional or home made, only work on your natural teeth. Any stains to caps and other similar surfaces won’t be affected by normal whitening procedures.

Fruit-ful Remedies:

At the top of our list for home remedies for whitening teeth we find strawberries and lemon juice both coming out as being highly effective.

Strawberries work fairly quickly especially against cigarette and coffee stains. Take a good sized strawberry and slice it open. Rub the slice on your teeth. When you’re done, rinse and brush as you’d normally do. One word of caution, some experts say that the sugar and acid in strawberries can be harmful and contribute to decay. Use this method sparingly.

With lemon juice, mix it with some warm water to dilute it a bit and brush it on your teeth. Wait about 2 minutes. Rinse and brush your teeth as recommended by the dentist (for a full two minutes). Note: you can you sliced lemon or a slice of orange as an alternative, rubbing the inside of the skin on the teeth as you did with the strawberry slices.

Folkways:

Folk medicine claims that you can whiten your teeth using wood ash. While that sounds terribly unappetizing, wood ash from hardwoods contains potassium hydroxide. This will work as a whitening agent, but it’s very harsh and can damage teeth over time. This is not the best, nor safest option for whitening teeth at home.

Baking Soda Brightness:

You will notice that there are a number of toothpastes on the market that now contain baking soda. While this component does not "bleach” your teeth, it does get nasty plaque off so your teeth shine more brightly. Baking soda has an abrasive quality, so it should not be used too often or you can damage the enamel. If used sparingly this is both safe and effective.

Pretty up with Hydrogen Peroxide:

Studies on the effectiveness of hydrogen peroxide compared to other home remedies for whitening teeth reveal that hydrogen peroxide can improve overall oral health when used regularly. However, there should be limits. Don’t brush with hydrogen peroxide more than twice weekly.

Any more than that and you can damage mouth tissues or your gums can become irritated. If you’re planning to use hydrogen peroxide the safest approach is buying a toothpaste that includes it as a whitening ingredient.

Simple Recipe for home made teeth whitening scrub:

To one teaspoon baking soda add ¼ tsp. salt and a few drops of cider vinegar. Stir to create a paste. Apply this with your toothbrush. Let it sit for about 3 minutes, then rinse and brush as you would normally. If you want something with a little pleasant flavor add a drop of mint extract to the blend.

 

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