The process of teeth whitening can start at home. Procedures done in dental clinics are costly and are not necessary in mild cases of teeth discoloration. These home remedies offer a practical solution to whitening your teeth without having to spend a fortune.
One of the oldest and perhaps most well-known teeth whitening home remedies is baking soda. Using baking soda to whiten the teeth is a remedy that has been in existence since the early nineteen hundreds. Baking soda is a gentle and effective whitener if used properly.
A popular technique that is used for baking soda includes half a teaspoon with a crushed strawberry. This is to be applied on the teeth with a toothbrush for at least five minutes. Afterwards, regular toothpaste should be used to finish off the procedure.
If you do not have any strawberries on hand, two tablespoons of baking soda combined with an equal amount of your regular toothpaste, applied on your teeth for about half an hour, will work just as well.
Both baking soda mixtures must only be applied done once a week.
According to Dr. Roger P. Levin, the president of the Baltimore Academy of General Dentistry, a mixture of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide in equal parts is an effective stain remover. Similarly, this technique must only be done once a week.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Rinsing the mouth with apple cider vinegar helps whiten the teeth as well. For a more thorough application, you can also soak your toothbrush with apple cider vinegar and apply it on your teeth. This remedy can also be used once a week.
It is important to remember that although these home remedies may seem gentle and less capable of inflicting damage on your teeth than chemical whitening products, keep in mind that home remedy whitening treatments also reduce your teeth’s enamel, even if only slightly. Therefore, these home remedies should not be abused and must be used only at their recommended amounts and dosages.
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