Bleaching agents… They don’t give the nicest feelings to your teeth. Most over-the-counter teeth whitening products make use of bleaching agents or peroxide-based agents. If you want to go the natural route, here are three cheap natural remedies you can try at home. A lot of people swear by these methods. They are worth a shot.
#1 Baking Soda
How effective can baking soda be? Well… every teeth whitening article out there seems to list it as a cheap and effective alternative to professional whitening kits. To really make use of its full benefits, you need to understand how baking soda works. First, baking soda is a weak base. Without getting into too much chemistry, baking soda reacts with acids produced by bacteria in your mouth through the process of neutralization. Although this won’t get rid of the plaque (the substance that produces the bacteria), you will at least reduce the amount of acid that attacks your teeth enamel. The second benefit is baking soda’s abrasive qualities. If you scrub baking soda with a toothbrush, it can remove surface stains on your teeth. Warning: do not rely on baking soda alone because it does not act on other bad substances such as plaque. You will need fluoride for that.
#2 Water Pick
I swear by the water pick. It is a device which everyone should have. A lot of people neglect to do something called flossing. Guess what? Flossing is just as important as brushing your teeth. If you haven’t flossed at all or have been using a dental floss, try a water pick instead. It’s like a floss machine on steroids. Read more about the Panasonic Oral Irrigator I have been using for the past two years.
Strawberries are supposedly rich in substances that will aid your teeth whitening progress. The main substance in question is malic acid. As an astringent substance, malic acid helps you get rid of teeth stains. Strawberries also contain plenty of vitamin C, which does a whole lot of benefit to your body. Warning: strawberries should be considered a double-edged sword because they may also create stains if they are left in the mouth for too long.
Remember, don’t expect to see results overnight with these natural remedies. While you are applying these solutions on a regular basis, it is very important that you continue to brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day.