Teeth Whitening at Home
Attaining white teeth is an ambition as well as a struggle for many people. Teeth can turn yellow with time, smoking, drinking coffee, tea and wine, and even some water supplies can wreck havoc on people’s pearly whites.
These teeth whitening at home remedies are inexpensive, and can produce satisfying results — just make sure to check with your dentist before trying any home remedies, to make sure they won’t damage your teeth, and that there aren’t any other underlying causes that need to be addressed.
Below are a couple teeth whitening at home recipes I have found to be effective!
Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda
The first all natural teeth whitener I want to talk about is baking soda with hydrogen peroxide. People have been bleaching their teeth with hydrogen peroxide for a long time. You can swish a 50/50 mix of 3% hydrogen peroxide and water, for one minute, then spit out the solution. Do not swallow. Then brush your teeth like normal, to make sure there is no residue left behind.
If you want to increase the whitening properties and have clean teeth, mix together 2 tbsp of hydrogen peroxide (3%) with 3 tsp of baking powder to create a paste. Dip your toothbrush into the paste and brush, like normal, until paste is covering all of your teeth. Keep on the teeth for 2 minutes, then rinse. Follow up with brushing with regular toothpaste to make sure there is no residue from the peroxide or baking soda left. *Limit this practice to no more than once per week, as baking soda can be abrasive, and may wear down the enamel on your teeth.
Activated Charcoal is very black, and it seems counter-intuitive to put a very black substance on your teeth, but it works remarkably well. Drinks like wine, coffee and tea can leave behind these things called tannins, which can stain your teeth. Activated charcoal absorbs those tannins to help whiten and brighten teeth.
After the first time I used activated charcoal, I was amazed at the instantaneous change. Granted, I drink red wine, so I really benefited from the activated charcoal, but it was a fantastic and immediate difference.
Activated charcoal may also help kill bad bacteria in the mouth that can cause tooth decay and gingivitis, while preventing caveties.
To whiten teeth with activated charcoal, wet the tip of your toothbrush and pour on about 1/2 tsp (or one pill’s worth) of activated charcoal. Brush in circular motions until all teeth are covered, then allow to sit for 1-2 minutes. Rinse teeth and brush with regular toothpaste after to make sure there is no residue behind.
I generally brush with activated charcoal about once a week. Activated charcoal does more than just whiten teeth — it can also help with food poisioning, spider bites and clearing up acne. Here are some other fantastic uses of activated charcoal. I buy my activated charcoal here.
Keep up with oral hygiene
While having white teeth can boost your confidence and help you feel great, it is more important to make sure you are practicing optimal oral hygiene. The Mayo Clinic recommends brushing at least twice a day, thoroughly, and flossing once a day. It is also important to have your teeth cleaned by a dental hygienist or dentist every 6 months.