Most people want white teeth; whether they want to dazzle that special someone or to hide the tales their teeth tell of gallons of coffee. Still, chemical teeth whitening treatments are sometimes expensive, and return visits are necessary to keep your teeth sparkling.
There are natural alternatives to brighten your smile and keep your wallet happy. Here are a few:
Baking Soda and Lemon Juice
The abrasive quality of baking soda scrubs away stubborn stains and plaque on your teeth. The lemon helps mask the unpleasant taste of the soda and acts as a whitening agent. Simply mix together one teaspoon of baking soda with the juice from half of a fresh lemon, and rub over your teeth. Let it sit for one minute and rinse. Only use this method once a week, as the acid from the lemon could eventually erode the enamel on your teeth.
The vitamin C and malic acid in strawberries break down the plaque on your teeth and help brighten your smile. After removing the stem, mash one strawberry and mix with half a teaspoon of baking soda and spread the mixture over your teeth. Let it sit for three minutes before rinsing. Floss and brush your teeth to remove any seeds and strawberry particles. Repeat this treatment no more than once a week.
Activated charcoal is an effective teeth whitener, and it also helps balance the pH levels in your mouth. You can use any of the following methods up to three times a week.
Simply wet your toothbrush, dip the bristles in the activated charcoal and brush your teeth as normal.
You can also make a paste by mixing a little water with the charcoal powder and using it as you would a toothpaste. Brush for five minutes and spit in a trash receptacle for easy cleanup.
Another method is to mix equal parts of charcoal powder and water. (Generally, a half a tablespoon of each is effective). Swish the solution through your teeth for two to four minutes and spit.
Don't forget to floss and brush your teeth after using your favorite teeth whitening method. Nothing promotes a healthy smile like regular oral hygiene.
For a cheap but effective rinse to use after your routine, mix together one part water and one part hydrogen peroxide. Swish in your mouth for one to two minutes and spit. The peroxide helps prevent plaque buildup and gingivitis. It also brightens your smile.
For more information, contact Chris T. Thomas, DDS or a similar dental professional.