Everyone wants whiter, cleaner looking teeth. But how much would that cost you at the dentist’s office? The average price for whitening treatment runs around $500. In this economy, who can afford that? Here are some simple home remedies to a whiter, prettier smile. These methods are cheap, easy, and can be done form the comfort of your own home.
A Note About Whitening Strips:
Whitening strips themselves can be pretty pricey, but have you taken the time to look at the ingredients? Next time you go to the store, check out the ingredients on the back of the box. You will find they are using a lot of the same ingredients listed below, such as baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Yet you are paying upwards of 50 dollars a box for the same stuff you already have at home!
Tried &True Home Teeth Whitening Remedies
Baking Soda: This ingredient has been around for ages and people still swear by it. It is known for being one of the best home teeth whitening remedies, among other things. Most dentists consent that it’s safe to use and works rather quickly. You can mix this with your tooth paste, or use it by itself. Try this once or twice a week with your normal brushing habits, and you will start to see results within the first week.
Hydrogen Peroxide: Another popular home remedy is peroxide. This product is cheap and most people have it on hand. If you are going to use hydrogen peroxide, try swishing it in your mouth for 30 seconds a few times a week. Some older remedies recommend you mix hydrogen peroxide with baking soda until it forms a paste, but over using these chemicals could bring some wear and tear on your gums and enamel. Just be sure not to swallow the Hydrogen peroxide!
Vinegar: Another popular remedy for teeth whitening is to mix vinegar with baking soda. It works like hydrogen peroxide, however, the taste can be quite overpowering. Apple cider vinegar will work just as well, and will taste much better! Be sure not to swallow, and if you use this method, only use it once or twice a week to give your enamel a break.
Strawberries: Strawberries have been known to contain some natural whitening agents of their own. Malic acid, which is found in strawberries, helps remove surface discoloration from your teeth. Strawberries can be crushed into a pulp and mixed with baking soda to form a kind of paste. This is another agent that could be harmful to your teeth if used too much, due to the acids found in strawberries wearing down your enamel. If you plan to use this method, just be sure to re-brush with normal toothpaste and rinse out your mouth afterwards.
Whitening to be Weary of:
Lemon Juice: This remedy is relatively risky, given this can not only erode your tooth enamel, but cause your teeth to lose calcium and actually break down the bone structure of your teeth over time. Dentist commonly deal with tooth destruction that has been caused by people sucking on lemons and limes. Some people from older generations may swear by it, and it does indeed help teeth whitening, however, the risks outweigh the benefits in this case. I would not recommend this option.
Bleach: I’ve heard of people actually taking straight bleach, or even diluted bleach and using it as a rinsing agent to whiten teeth. Why not? Dentists use it in their techniques right? PLEASE, don’t try using bleach to whiten your teeth. This is a toxic chemical that can be deadly if swallowed, and it will do 10 times more damage to your teeth than it will help! My advice: Save it for the laundry.
Remember that your tooth enamel is one of those things that cannot be replaced. The less enamel you have, the weaker and more cavity prone your teeth will become. Brushing too hard, using acids, or any form of vitamin C will eat away your enamel surface. If you are using any whitening technique, I would recommend using an enamel protecting agent as well. You can use an enamel guard type of tooth paste, or I use GCMI paste that you put on your teeth twice a week before bed. Please remember that all home remedies should be used in moderation and monitored closely!
By the way, how old is your toothbrush? Check out my other article:Toothbrush FAQ