Today, having great teeth is considered as a sign of beauty and good health. Every year, people in the United States spend around $1.5 billion dollars on OTC teeth whitening products. This sum doesn’t include money spent on dental visits for the same purpose. Why spend huge sums of money for something that can be done at home, at a fraction of the cost. Yes, you can whiten teeth at home and we’re going to show you how.
Homemade teeth whitening
Teeth whitening paste can be made at home, with everyday household items and one or two easily available bleaching agents.
The most commonly prepared homemade teeth whitening paste are a mix of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 2 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide. Prepare a less than gritty paste and use it to brush your teeth. Don’t rinse your mouth immediately; allow the paste to work for a couple of minutes before rinsing. The free radicals in the paste attack the stain-building molecules and keep the enamel clean and bright.
How to naturally whiten teeth?
There is no reason for you to use a synthetic product or chemical when you can make the teeth whiter and brighter naturally. Strong bleaching agents come into the picture only all your initial efforts to keep your teeth white fails. If you want brighter teeth, your first responsibility must be to take good care of your pearly whites. Don’t let your teeth lose its natural appearance. If you’re a smoker, then quit cigarettes. Avoid beverages that stain the teeth. Brush your teeth after every meal. Floss your teeth and use mouthwash.
Alternatively, you can use nature’s gift to clean the teeth. For example, orange peel has teeth whitening properties. Rubbing fresh orange peel on teeth, regularly, will remove the yellow tinge and whiten the teeth. The procedure can be carried out every day before going to sleep. The calcium and Vitamin C present in the orange peel will fight the microorganisms that cause discoloration.
Whiten teeth with baking soda
Mix half a teaspoon of baking soda with water and pour it on the brush and clean the teeth. Follow it up with another round of cleaning with the toothpaste on the brush. Alternatively, the baking soda can be directly mixed with toothpaste and the mixture can be used to clean the teeth. Adding a few drops of lemon can augment the potency of the baking soda.
Coconut oil for teeth whitening
Oil pulling is a traditional Ayurvedic treatment to detoxify and clean the gums and teeth. It also acts as a natural stain removing and teeth whitening treatment. Primarily coconut oil is used for this teeth whitening method. Some people also use sunflower or sesame oil as an alternative to coconut oil.
Using coconut oil for teeth whitening is simple. As part of our daily routine, we swish water and spit it out after we brush the teeth with toothpaste. Oil pulling treatment involves the use of coconut oil to swish in the mouth, instead of water.
Before you brush your teeth, take 2-3 teaspoon of coconut oil in the mouth and swish for a few minutes and spit it out. You are allowed to keep the oil in the mouth for up to 20 minutes. Without harming the gums or teeth, the coconut oil breaks down the plaque and clears the toxins. After oil pulling, rinse your mouth with warm water and brush the teeth.
Charcoal teeth whitening
Yep, charcoal can remove stains and whiten our teeth. First, I want to clear the air of any misconceptions. For this treatment, we use special activated charcoal and not the substance we use to light up the grill. Activated charcoal is extremely good at absorbing toxins and harmful chemicals.
Activated charcoal teeth whitening is an inexpensive way to detoxify the mouth and clean the gums and teeth. Dip the brush into powdered activated charcoal and brush your teeth. Brush for a couple of minutes and as usual rinse the mouth clean with water. The activated charcoal will break the stain molecules and absorb them, leaving behind clean, white, and bright teeth.
Hydrogen peroxide teeth
Most people use hydrogen peroxide to clean cuts and scrapes. It’s also an excellent teeth whitening agent. This liquid oxidizing agent releases oxygen and produces bubbles that disinfect the mouth and clean the teeth.
To whiten and brighten your teeth you can use whitening toothpaste that has more than 3.5% of the oxidizing agent. Alternatively, hydrogen peroxide teeth whitening strips or gel-filled trays can be used to clean the teeth. As stated above, hydrogen peroxide can be mixed with baking soda to remove stains from the teeth.