A brighter smile that costs you less. It’s common for teeth to become discolored as we age. And factors like diet, oral health, and smoking can all contribute to stains and color change. Some people are willing to accept an off-white smile, but many others would prefer to flash a mouth full of pearly whites.
There are a number of tooth whitening products on the market, but unfortunately, many are expensive, ineffective, harsh, and potentially dangerous for your oral health. Luckily there are easy, inexpensive, and effective teeth whitening methods that you can make yourself.
Baking Soda and Lemon Juice
You have probably seen toothpaste with baking soda included. That’s because sodium bicarbonate is mildly abrasive and can scrub away stains on the teeth. When combined with lemon juice which acts as a natural bleach, it forms a powerful teeth whitening paste. Simply mix several teaspoons of baking soda with enough drops of lemon juice together to form a thick paste. Spread some on your toothbrush, spread it liberally across the teeth, and let it sit for one minute before rinsing it off.
Salt, Strawberry, and Baking Soda
The natural properties of strawberry help it to break down the plaque that turns teeth yellow and to gently remove stains. Salt helps to restore minerals to the teeth, plus it enhances the abrasive properties of baking soda. Mash together 1-2 strawberries, a pinch of salt, and ½ teaspoon of baking soda. Then apply to the teeth with a brush and leave on for five minutes.
This rich and fragrant oil is great for your health generally and can even aid with teeth whitening. Before you brush your teeth In the morning, take about a tablespoon of coconut oil and swish it around the mouth for about 15 minutes. Be sure to also “pull” the oil through the cracks in the teeth, and bring it into contact with every surface. Acid found in coconut oil helps to break down the bacteria that causes plaque and yellow teeth.
You will need to repeat any of these home remedies at least a few times a week, and keep in mind that it will take time for the results to show. Also, remember, in order to keep your smile as white as possible for as long as possible, you will need to see a dentist regularly. The healthier your teeth, gums, and overall mouth are the cleaner and more stain resistant your teeth will be.
Rely on the doctors and hygienists at MyOrthodontist to ensure your smile stays one of your best features. Visit MyOrthodontist for more information about various dental services to keep your teeth healthy, clean, and shining bright.