Do you feel bad that your teeth are not as white as they should be? There are many reasons behind the teeth losing their “whiteness”. It happens naturally because the mineral structure of your teeth goes through a change over time and the enamel becomes less permeable. Smoking, coffee drinking, and even some antibiotics can affect the whiteness of your teeth.
How can I get whiter teeth for free?
You can also have white teeth with things that are probably in your medicine chest or kitchen cupboard. Don’t bother with those gel packs that you have to leave on your teeth or buy that expensive mouthwash especially for smokers! Have faith, you have everything that you need to shine and whiten your teeth right in your own home and this is free and it really works.
What can I use to brighten my teeth?
Drop 2 to 3 teaspoons (this may not be exact) of the hydrogen peroxide into 2 teaspoons of baking soda to make a paste. This sometimes requires a little trial and error. But make sure it is the same consistency as toothpaste. If you want, you can include a bit of mint flavoring or even a small dollop of your toothpaste.
List of Items Needed
- 3 teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide (the amount may vary depending on family size)
- 2 teaspoons of baking soda (the amount may vary depending on family size)
- Optional (A small amount of toothpaste or drop of mint flavor may also be added).
How do I use this free whitener?
Brush your teeth with this mixture. Leave it on your teeth for at least two minutes but do not swallow this paste! I should inform you that the taste is not the best that you would wish to swallow. To make the paste taste better, try to use the above tips.
What should I do after using this paste?
After you finish brushing with this homemade paste, brush again with your regular toothpaste to get rid of its taste as well as the peroxide solution. You will be surprised to see how white and bright your teeth have become! Many smokers and heavy coffee drinkers follow this home remedy that your grandmother even used.
I have a dental problem. Should I try this whitener?
Don’t use it if you have , gingivitis, or other gum diseasesbecause this may cause your gums appear whitefor a while. This may not be the appropriate whitener for your teeth if they are very sensitive. Therefore, you should consult your doctor or dentist before trying this or any other medical treatment.
How often can I use this paste?
This treatment can be done weekly, monthly, or whenever you want extra bright teeth!
Remember, you shouldn’t brush with this mixture more than once per week.
Products available in the market:
Various mouth washes are available in the market, which are recommended to use before brushing your teeth. These are diluted whitening agents, which come in affordable prices but you have to wait long to get the desired whiteness. These products are associated with some of the big brands and prove effective on persistent use. Continuous use of the rinse actually lightens the teeth shade by 2 to 4. So these are the ideal solution for less damaged teeth, which can be cured by using only the rinses and save money and long procedures at the practitioner’s office.
These products have to be repeated after a course of therapy to retain the whiteness of your teeth always. Prolonged use of whitening agents ensures brighter smile but can also leave some side effects with it. The exposure of whitening agent to gums can cause a serious damage in the longer run.
Trays and gels or kits: There is another kind of product in the market which offers you bright teeth unsupervised. These gels and trays are handy to apply as the whitening agent to the teeth.
The tray is safe to use to avoid the exposure to the gums. The optimum time and amount of the whitening agent can do wonders for pale and tainted teeth. Most of the time, the maximum surface of the teeth comes in contact with the whitening agent. This fact is ensuring major success for these products. Poorly damaged teeth can even get their shine back using the right kind of kit. Use suitable kit for the decaying enamel.
Side effects of teeth bleaching:
Chemical burns are associated with gel bleaching. This occurs if a high-concentration oxidizing agent comes in contact with unprotected tissues; it may bleach or discolor mucous membranes. Over bleaching (clinically known as “over white teeth” aka “Hyperodonto-oxidation”) can lead to sensitive teeth.
Rebound (teeth losing the bleached effect) is also an issue, particularly with the intensive treatments (basically with the products which provide a large change in tooth color over a very short period, e.g., 1 hour). A recent study by Kugel et al. has revealed that nearly half the initial change in color provided by a thorough in-office treatment (i.e., 1 hour treatment in a dentist’s chamber) was gone by 7 days.
Rebound happens when a large quantity of the tooth whitening has come from tooth dehydration (also a significant factor in causing sensitivity). As the tooth rehydrate, tooth color ‘rebounds’ back to its previous state from where it started. Home tooth bleaching treatments can very slightly reduce tooth enamel.
The side effects that occur most often include:
A temporary increase in tooth sensitivity Mild irritation of the soft tissues of the mouth, particularly the gums.
Tooth sensitivity is often found during early stages of the bleaching treatment. Tissue irritation most commonly occurs due to an ill-fitting mouthpiece tray rather than the tooth-bleaching agent. Both of these conditions are generally temporary and disappear within 1 to 3 days of stopping or completing treatment.
Individuals who have sensitive teeth and gums, receding gums and/or defective restorations should consult with their dentist before using a tooth whitening system. People, sensitive to hydrogen peroxide (the whitening agent) should not use a bleaching product without first consulting a dentist. Additionally, prolonged exposure to bleaching agents may harm tooth enamel. This generally happens with home remedy whitening products containing fruit acids.
Bleaching is not recommended to children under 16 because the pulp chamber or nerve of the tooth remains enlarged until this age. Tooth whitening under this condition could bother the pulp or cause it to become sensitive. Tooth whitening is also not suggested to pregnant or lactating women.
Natural Teeth Whitening Products
Charcoal ashes are affordable and easily available product, which can be applied to whiten teeth. You can mix charcoal ashes with your toothpaste or use it separately, rubbing gently over your teeth.
The bark of the walnut tree is believed to contain teeth whitening properties. You can gently rub the bark over your teeth to get rid of stains.
Eating apple after meal may also prove effective in getting rid of yellow teeth.
Celery and carrots are also considered to have the quality to remove stains from teeth. Eating crunchy vegetables such as broccoli, cucumbers etc also help in keeping the teeth white.
For glittering white teeth, rub them with the inner part of the orange peel.
Strawberries are also considered natural teeth whiteners as it can be rubbed over teeth to remove stains. But make sure you brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste right after this, as the sugar and acid in the same, may decline the effect.
Gargling teeth with a mixture of water and rock salts can also prove to be useful.
Gargling with peroxide also helps in keeping teeth bright. All you have to do is to wash peroxide after you have brushed your teeth and your teeth would be whiter. But don’t swallow the peroxide while you are swishing.
If you want an instant method to whiten your teeth, nothing can outdo the mixture of baking soda and salt. Besides whitening your teeth it also kills the germ.
Lemon juice also keeps the teeth white. Brush with juice of a lemon or if it appears too citrus for you, rub the peel of a lemon over your teeth and see your teeth sparkling. You could also mix lemon juice with salt and brush with the mixture to have sparkling teeth.
Wood ash is also considered good for making the teeth white. Brush with wood ash regularly and your will get good results.
Drink lots of water and take a balanced diet enriched with green vegetables.
You could also use apple cider vinegar for brushing. Constant using will give you whiter teeth.
Mixture of a slight bi-carbonate and soda will provide you whiter teeth.
Apart from this use a soft bristled toothbrush with good toothpaste and try to brush after every meal or at least twice a day.