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No Lack of Teeth Whitening Options
Consumers who want bright white teeth have a wide range of options - from toothpaste with whiteners to laser teeth whitening. Deciding what method to choose may come down to cost or complexity. Toothpastes are much easier on the pocket book than professional cleanings.
For those who want a cheaper, and sometimes safer alternative, there are several natural teeth whitening options. Better yet, materials and ingredients needed are already in most people's homes.
Whiten Teeth With Backing Soda
Baking soda is an inexpensive way to whiten teeth without damaging enamel. Because it naturally increases the pH levels in the mouth, baking soda can help to prevent cavity forming bacteria from developing. It also helps to remove plaque that contributes to gingivitis and periodontitis.
You will first need to make a paste by mixing equal amounts of baking soda and water in a bowl. Next add a pinch of salt and mix well. Apply the paste to your teeth by brushing in circular motions. Continue for up to two minutes, then spit out and rinse well.
Because of baking soda's abrasive qualities you can cause enamel damage with overuse. It is best to limit this treatment to once or twice per week. Many complain about the taste and texture of baking soda paste. If this doesn't work for you, there are other methods to try.
Hydrogen Peroxide Teeth Whitening
Hydrogen peroxide can be used for whitening teeth. Due to its antiseptic properties, peroxide is also good for treating mild gingivitis. The downside is it will take 3-4 weeks to see noticeable progress.
You will want to mix 3% hydrogen peroxide with an equal amount of water. Prior to brushing teeth, rinse mouth with peroxide/water mix for 2-3 minutes. Do not swallow the rinse. Follow up by brushing teeth. You can rinse with peroxide daily but be sure it is diluted properly with water.
TIP: For stubborn stains, add a small amount of baking soda to peroxide and water. Apply paste to teeth with toothbrush for 2-3 minutes using circular motions. Spit out and rinse well.
More Home Teeth Whitening Options
Oil Pulling - If you research oil pulling you will find many who say there is no proof of benefit. Others who have used the method swear by its teeth whitening and gum healing properties. Either way, oil pulling has been around a long time and is safe and easy, if you want to give it a try.
Simply melt 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and swish it around in your mouth for 15-20 minutes. Spit out and brush teeth. Be careful not to swallow any of the oil. It is safe to use 2-3 times a week, unless you have fillings. In the case of fillings, use oil pulling no more than once per week.
Salt Water - A daily salt water rinse can help heal gums and whiten at the same time. Simply mix 1-2 teaspoons of salt in warm water and swish around in mouth.
Apple Cider Vinegar - An apple cider vinegar rinse can help to whiten teeth. Be sure to mix with an equal amount of water to keep it's high acidity from damaging enamel.
Benefit From The Right Foods For Natural Whitening
Eating raw crunchy fruits and vegetables is the safest and healthiest method of teeth whitening. The biting and chewing action strips surface stains from teeth, while increasing saliva production, which also helps to remove stains. Apples, broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower are great options. Apples have the added benefit of malic acid, which is used in several toothpaste brands. Strawberries and pineapple also contain stain removing properties.
Regular Dental Visits For Healthy Teeth
While these home remedies are safe when used appropriately, they are not a replacement for routine dental exams, nor are they a replacement for regular brushing and flossing. Healthy teeth and gums is an indicator of good body health. If you have problems in this area, such as red or bleeding gums, or mouth soreness, this could be precursor to a more serious health problem. You should seek a dentist immediately to avoid worsening the condition.
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RO Edwards (author) from Ohio on March 11, 2021:
You are right. Healthy eating is always the best option. Thanks for reading.
Tanmoy Acharya 100 on March 10, 2021:
I had dental scaling a few months ago. This article for helpful for me. I like the baking soda method. But eating raw fruits and vegetables is the best way of getting healthy teeth. Good article.