DIY: Teeth Whitening
Do you long for a sparkling smile without throwing down big bucks at the dentist’s office? We don’t blame you. Who doesn’t want to flash a set of photo-ready pearly whites? Unfortunately, your teeth can stain over time, shifting from radiant white to a yellowish shade. Wine fanatics and coffee enthusiasts are especially prone to disappointing dulling.
Here is a simple solution for a beautifully bright smile. You don’t need to change your beverage preferences or break the bank investing in professional treatments. This simple DIY treatment calls for two ingredients and serves as a wonderful homemade whitener. Follow the recipe, get gorgeous results, and say cheese!
Key Ingredients and How They Work:
Commercially-made teeth whitening products, including dentist bleach, are made with peroxide. Daily use of this teeth whitener can produce beautiful white teeth within a few weeks. Purchase a bottle of peroxide for about a dollar, and watch your teeth go from yellow to white. Regular peroxide use can cause teeth sensitivity, so be sure not to use more than once per day.
How could such a ruby-red fruit have a whitening effect on your teeth? It might seem counterintuitive, but strawberries contain malic acid, a natural tooth-whitening agent. Granted, just because strawberries whiten doesn’t mean they clean! It’s still important to brush your teeth after whitening with the superfood because it contains natural sugar.
Baking soda offers a host of teeth-brightening benefits. It removes stains and discolorations from the surface of teeth and contains polishing agents that give your teeth a sparkly-white appearance. Forget whitening strips. For the price of a cup of coffee, you can purchase a box of baking soda and flash a glistening set of teeth in no time!
Pour about one teaspoon of peroxide into a cup, being careful not to swallow. Swish around teeth for approximately one minute. This rinsing method is just as effective, if not more so, than whitening mouthwash. Spit peroxide into the sink. Do not eat or drink for one hour afterwards.
- Crush one large strawberry into a pulp and blend with one teaspoon baking soda.
- Use a soft toothbrush to spread mixture over areas of teeth you want to whiten.
- Let mixture sit on teeth for 5-10 minutes.
- Brush teeth thoroughly with a dental toothpaste. Floss afterwards to remove any lingering seeds or pulp.
- Rinse once more with water to wash away any residual acid.
You’ll sport a shiny set of pearly whites in no time. For awesome results, apply no more than once a week.
Health and Wellness Associates