Are you starting to notice some dulling of what were once glistening white teeth? After years of wear and tear and many mornings that start as you down coffee to survive, your teeth may start to feel a little less vibrant than they once were. Without having to pay an arm and a leg at the dentist to get your teeth bleached, you might want to try a somewhat more affordable option first. What are some things you can do at home to naturally whiten your teeth and bring them back to their brightest potential?
One of the most commonly known options to help keep your teeth white is to use whitening toothpaste or whitening rinse on a daily basis. While the results probably won’t be dramatic, it will still help lift surface stains from your teeth, and these are great to use in conjunction with other techniques.
Whitening strips generally contain hydrogen peroxide, which helps lighten the stains. With many different brands of whitening strips available, check with your dentist to see what he or she recommends.
Make Your Own Whitening Paste
If you’re really into the natural thing – try concocting your own paste at home. Some of the most effective ingredients are baking soda, coconut oil and a small amount of hydrogen peroxide. Is all of this bleaching safe for your teeth though? Studies do show that bleaching your teeth is generally safe.
You might try hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Combine about two tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide with one tablespoon of baking soda. Make sure the mixture isn’t gritty. When you combine baking soda with water, free radicals are released and break down stain-causing molecules on the tooth enamel. After you brush your teeth with the paste, let it sit for about a minute. Brush afterwards with a whitening toothpaste and rinse thoroughly. You don’t want any hydrogen peroxide or baking soda left over. Limit your use to two or three times a week – using baking soda too often and in too large of quantities can actually start to break down the enamel of your teeth.
Apple cider vinegar is another great way to go. You can use it as a mouthwash, or create another paste with baking soda for brushing. Again, two parts apple cider vinegar to one part baking soda is a good idea – don’t overdo it with the baking soda. This mixture can be used a few times a week, or you can use it alone as a daily rinse during your regular brushing regimen.
Coconut oil is also great to use daily for eliminating some of the surface bacteria that can stain teeth. Mix it with a bit of peppermint and your mouth will be stain-free and minty fresh! Going the coconut oil or apple cider vinegar direction will give you the best effects if you do it over time.
Avoid Foods That Stain
Red wine, coffee, black tea and sodas are among the beverages that can easily stain your teeth. Highly acidic foods and beverages are likely to stain your teeth – especially if you eat or drink a lot of acidic things. Are you worried about a certain food or drink staining your white shirt? Chances are if it can stain your shirt, it can stain your teeth.
Keep Your Mouth Healthy
Keep up with your oral hygiene daily – brushing, flossing, whitening, and rinsing. If you are eating or drinking any acidic or sugary things, try drinking through a straw and swallowing as soon as you’re able so that food and beverage doesn’t sit in your mouth longer than it should. You can also try swishing water around in your mouth when you’ve finished to loosen food and rinse away anything extra.