5 Proven Ways to Whiten Your Teeth
Teeth whitening goes all the way back to about 4,000 years ago, and started with the ancient Egyptians. They used a paste to whiten their teeth made from pumice stone and wine vinegar. White teeth were thought to be beautiful and a sign of nobility. Fast forward to now, and our obsession with white teeth is even more intense today than it ever was before.
Here are five ways to whiten your teeth:
- Laser Whitening
Utilizing medical grade teeth whitening equipment, laser whitening is one of the most effective and swift ways to lighten your teeth. This is treatment that should only be practiced by a dentist and can only be done by a licensed medical professional because it involves a laser which can be dangerous if not used correctly.
A quality dentist will understand that there are two different types of staining: internal and external, or intrinsic and extrinsic staining. Both types of stain require different levels of attention, therefore, your dentist will need to fix examine your teeth before you can start with treatment.
2. Baking Soda and Lemon Juice
Lemon juice (1 Teaspoon) and baking soda (½ Teaspoon) make a powerful whitening combination if you’d rather save a few dollars and whiten your teeth from home. The baking soda naturally bleaches your teeth, while the acid from lemon juice helps to eat away at exterior stains.
Due to the high acidity of lemon juice, this is a treatment you should do only sparingly and in increments. Never do this long term.
3. Hydrogen Peroxide
Interestingly enough, doctors discovered that hydrogen peroxide whitens entirely by accident. Originally, hydrogen peroxide was used to treat the gums and kill harmful bacteria. Hydrogen peroxide will not whiten your teeth as quickly as a professional whitening will, but it’s a gentle and natural alternative (and relatively easier on your teeth than lemon juice).
You can use it by putting some on top of your tooth brush, alongside your toothpaste, or in a mouth rinse.
4. Coconut Oil Rinse
There are many who swear by coconut oil and all of the fantastic things that it does. One of the most attractive theories, is that is not only helps to whiten your teeth, but “pulls” infection from your gums and teeth. Whether the latter is true or not, it wouldn’t hurt to try.
You simply take a tablespoon of coconut oil, make sure that it is organic, and swish it around in your mouth for about 10 minutes. The longer you swish, the better the results are thought to be.
5. Fruits and Vegetables
There are certain fruits and dairy products that contain specific enzymes and acids which help to whiten teeth. Strawberries, apples, celery, carrots, oranges, pineapples and more are fantastic natural alternatives for whitening teeth.
Additionally, crunchy vegetables like carrots and celery will keep your teeth clean by removing the surface stains and plaque build up. They also help your mouth to create more saliva, which has properties in it that naturally lightens and removes stains.
There are multiple alternatives out there for whitening, so it’s best to do your research and decide on what is a good fit for you, your budget and your body.