Pearly-white teeth are a sign of good dental health and beauty. Unfortunately, many of the foods we eat can cause surface stains that can't be removed by brushing and flossing alone. While a bleaching treatment from your dentist's office is best, there are some safe and easy things you can do at home to make your teeth whiter between office visits.
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Things you need
- Baking soda
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Fresh strawberries
- Banana peels
- Whitening mouthwash
Dip your toothbrush in a small amount of peroxide and then dip it into baking soda. Brush your teeth for at least two minutes and rinse your mouth well. Brush your teeth using your regular toothpaste for at least 30 seconds afterward. While this method is effective in helping most people achieve a whiter smile, you should use it only once or twice a week to prevent tooth sensitivity.
Eat plenty of strawberries, which contain malic acid, a natural bleaching agent that may be as effective as name-brand teeth-whiteners. Mash a strawberry and apply it directly to your teeth to brighten your smile gently and effectively.
Rub the inside of a banana peel on your teeth every day for at least two minutes before brushing.
Swish a whitening mouthwash in your mouth for at least 60 seconds twice daily.
Tips and warnings
- Sip beverages through a straw to prevent surface stains.
- Smoking yellows your teeth. Stop smoking to maintain your new, brighter smile.
- Avoid products that make your teeth whiter but create long-term problems. Many household products have received acclaim on the Internet for producing bright smiles, but most dentists don't agree with the claims. Brushing your teeth in lemon or lime juice, salt brine or household bleach will whiten your teeth, but the results are only temporary and they come at a high cost. Lemon juice, lime juice and bleach can wear away the enamel of the teeth and expose the yellow dentine beneath, while salt brine destroys the delicate tissue of the gums, which can cause your teeth to become dislodged and fall out. If you're unsure about the safety of teeth-whitening products, talk to your dentist.
- Sensitive teeth may indicate a serious condition that your dentist needs to know about.
- Talk to your dentist before attempting to whiten your teeth on your own.
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