One thing that everyone wants is beautiful, white teeth. The best results come from a dentist’s office, of course, but professional teeth whitening is often prohibitively expensive. Over the counter products may or may not work, but again are often not inexpensive.
You’re average tooth whitening toothpaste normally gives barely noticeable results, despite what the box proclaims. And whitening toothpaste is generally more expensive than the non-whitening versions, so you are paying for mediocre results.
However, if you are interested in whitening your teeth and don’t want to spend a lot of money, there are plenty of home remedies for that problem. Many of them involve baking soda, as you may have guessed, but it’s the baking soda combined with other household ingredients that make these truly effective.
Plus, they will barely cost you anything, and you might even be able to use things you already have around your house right now! Be careful when using baking soda for tooth care, however. Too much can cause damage to your enamel, but a regular cleaning with it once a week can actually help prevent cavities as well as whiten your teeth because it can neutralize bacteria that thrives in acidic saliva.
The video will show you 10 at home recipes that you can use to whiten your teeth. Although a couple of these use baking soda, many are unique non-baking soda ways, and some are just general life tips to help keep you from needing tooth whitening products at all. Have a look!
Although some of these remedies seem a bit awkward or silly, they are proven to be effective. Remember if you go the fruit peel route to brush your teeth afterward. The olive oil trick will require a tooth brushing afterward as well. However, you may want to wait awhile before you actually brushing your teeth when using citrus-y fruits to help whiten. Citrus, while great for tooth whitening, can soften your enamel, so brushing immediately after could damage the enamel on your teeth. That’s also why you should only do those whitening techniques once or twice a week.
It’s hard for us to avoid foods that stain our teeth completely, so tricks like adding milk to coffee or eating an apple can at least help prevent the worst of the staining.
Getting your teeth whitened professionally shouldn’t corrode the enamel, so if you can afford it, that’s certainly the way to go. Whitening toothpastes can help a bit, but make sure they have the American Dental Association (ADA) stamp of approval or they are likely to be a waste of money. Preventative measures are always best. If you can manage to not stain your teeth to begin with, you won’t need extensive whitening.