You Can Safely Whiten Your Teeth For Pennies
If you’re like most people, you want a beautiful smile. We all do, right? But so many of the commercial teeth whiteners out there are expensive and can irritate the gums. That’s why we’re here. To show you how to safely and effectively whiten your teeth at home for a fraction of the cost.
You’re going to discover six different ways to safely remove stains from teeth with baking soda and other household products. Once you buy the main products, all of which are easy to get and inexpensive, you’ll see they last for many applications. Making your cost per application just pennies.
Today people want to look their best. Most people want to give a good impression to others, as well as feel confident and secure in their appearance. One of the first things people notice about you is your smile. And having beautiful white teeth is a part of a beautiful smile.
The mildly abrasive nature of baking soda is what makes it an effective teeth whitening agent. It works best for surface stains and can prevent discoloration. For deeper stains you may need to see your dentist.
Be sure to use baking soda responsibly or you could end up with dental problems.Continuous overuse could cause damage to the tooth enamel. But, if you use baking soda remedies for teeth whitening responsibly, excellent results can be had. Here are several ways that work well for many people. Choose which works best for you.
Method One: In this option, you’ll be using coconut oil with baking soda. Be sure to use virgin coconut oil so you get the good bacteria-fighting lauric acid. Processed coconut oil has had the lauric acid taken out of it, so the bacteria-fighting agent is lost.
When you combine virgin coconut oil and baking soda, you get a safe teeth whitening agent that will also help to improve your oral health.
To do this, combine one tablespoon of baking soda with one tablespoon of virgin coconut oil. Mix this together thoroughly until you get a nice paste, then brush for about two minutes and rinse thoroughly. This option can be used two or three times a week, and in a few months with regular use, you can see a nice difference in the color of your teeth.
Method Two: With this option you’ll be mixing baking soda with your regular toothpaste. This is another safe choice. The fluoride present in most toothpastes helps to strength the enamel while fighting cavities, and the mild abrasive action of the baking soda will help get rid of stains and discoloration. You’ll get better results if you use a white toothpaste vs. a fancy gel.
To try this, put a little baking soda into a small bowl and add twice as much toothpaste. Mix that together to make a paste, then brush for two minutes and rinse well after. Do this once or twice a week for a few months and notice the changes you get.
Method Three: We found this to be a little surprising, but it actually works. Here you’ll be combining baking soda, salt and strawberries. Even though strawberries are a bright red, the ascorbic acid in them acts as a bleaching agent. When combined with a pinch of salt and baking soda, you get an effective teeth whitening combination.
Take precaution with this method due to its higher acid nature. Limit the use of this option to twice a month to protect tooth enamel and gums.
Here’s what to do. Mash two or three large strawberries with a fork, add one tablespoon of baking soda and mix. Sprinkle in a pinch of salt and mix again. Now brush with the resulting paste for about two minutes and rinse thoroughly. Repeat every two weeks for a few months.
Method Four: This method uses hydrogen period mixed in with the baking soda. Hydrogen peroxide is a safe bleaching agent commonly used for teeth whitening and helps kill harmful bacteria. When you combine hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, free radicals will be released that go to work breaking up the stain molecules sitting on the surface of your teeth. Once broken up, those stains are then brushed away.
To do this, mix one tablespoon of baking soda with enough 3% hydrogen peroxide to make a paste in a small bowl. Be sure to mix them together thoroughly until the paste is smooth. Then brush your teeth with the paste for about two minutes and rinse thoroughly. Do this twice a week for eight to ten consecutive weeks to get noticeable results.
If you notice this paste mixture is too strong for your teeth and gums, add equal portions of water and hydrogen peroxide to the baking soda. That will water down the strength of the hydrogen peroxide. If needed, play around with the amounts of water and hydrogen peroxide until you find the right strength for you.
Method Five: This is one of the simplest ways. Simply mix a tablespoon of baking soda with enough water to make a paste and carefully brush your teeth for two minutes. Be sure to rinse thoroughly. Repeat this process once a week for several months to achieve noticeable results.
Method Six: This method uses lemon juice mixed with baking soda. Lemon juice is found in a variety of home remedies and most people have lemons or lemon juice readily available in their homes.
It’s the citric acid in lemon juice that makes it a good bleaching agent and can produce good results with just one treatment. But it’s also very strong and shouldn’t be used more than once every two to three months. If you choose to use this combination more often, dilute the lemon juice down with equal amounts of water. But be responsible and don’t overdo it. Such limited use shouldn’t produce any dental issues, but you can always check with your dentist first if you have any questions.
This is the procedure. Put a teaspoon of lemon juice and a teaspoon of baking soda in a small bowl and mix it into a paste. You’ll notice the fizzing will decrease the more you stir. Now brush for no more than two minutes and be sure you completely rinse out all traces of the mixture. Don’t leave any of it behind in your mouth. For many, this option gives instant gratification in removing stains from their teeth.
Things to Remember:
- If you have any questions or concerns about any of these options, consult your dentist first before trying them. This also applies if you have sensitive gums or teeth.
- Be sure to keep up regular brushing and oral care. Don’t substitute teeth whitening techniques for regular brushing.
- Make the pastes we talked about here as smooth as possible. If the paste is too gritty it could damage tooth enamel.
- If you’re wearing braces or a permanent retainer and they use orthodontic glue, don’t brush with baking soda as it will soften the glue.
- Only use these processes as instructed above and certainly no more than two or three times a week, depending on the option you choose. Overuse could lead to tooth enamel erosion or cause teeth to become sensitive.
- Don’t brush longer than two minutes at a time with these pastes and brush, don’t scrub. Harsh scrubbing can damage gums and tooth enamel.
Responsible use of these procedures can save you a lot of money and trips to the dentist. Experiment and find the option that works best for you.
You just learned six different ways of using baking soda to help whiten your teeth. We hope you find them as safe and effective as we have. Happy beautiful smile!