Many of those who wish to have white teeth wallow in despair as most whitening treatments cost a fortune. However, what most do not know is that white teeth can be obtained at home – with the simplest ingredients that you may already have in your pantry. Here are 3 recipes that you can whip up to create a teeth whitening remedy that is easy on the pocket.
Lemon and Baking Soda Paste
Baking soda is one of the most common ingredients found in whitening toothpastes, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that it is among the most effective DIY treatments to whiten teeth. Commonly known as sodium bicarbonate, baking soda is effective in gently scrubbing away stains on the teeth, making it look cleaner and whiter. Furthermore, baking soda helps balance out the natural acidity of the mouth, making it less habitable for bacteria to grow. Combining baking soda with lemon juice also reduces the acidity of the mixture. Lemon is known as a natural bleach, and is very effective in whitening different parts of the body, including the teeth.
To create the paste, mix a couple of teaspoons of baking soda with just the right amount of lemon juice to create a paste. Before applying the mixture, wipe off your teeth using a clean cloth or paper towel. Put the mixture on your toothbrush and apply to the teeth. Leave it on for a minute, and then rinse with water. If you worry about the acidity of the lemon, then you can use water instead. This mixture can be left for about 3 minutes before rinsing.
Coconut Oil Rinse
One of the more popular natural remedies to aid oral health is called oil pulling. It involves the use of coconut oil, which is swished inside the mouth for about 20 minutes. It has been said that this method cleanses and purifies the body of toxins, as the swishing method not only cleans the mouth, gums and the surfaces between teeth, but is also effective at drawing impurities through the throat. Apart from its teeth whitening benefits, many have claimed to have overall improved oral health and less occurrences of cough, colds and other illnesses.
To perform oil pulling, put a teaspoon of coconut oil in your mouth. Let it melt, and swish around for 20 minutes. Do not swallow or gargle the oil, just let it pass through the teeth and around the mouth. Afterwards, spit it out, and then rinse with water and brush the teeth.
Baking Soda, Salt and Strawberry scrub
We have already explored the teeth whitening powers of baking soda – but what about salt and strawberry? Strawberries have high amounts of vitamin C, which enables plaque-breakdown, thereby lessening the yellowish stains on the teeth. As for salt, its abrasive properties aid in scrubbing surface stains along with the baking soda.
To create this scrub, mash 1-3 large strawberries into a pulp and add half a teaspoon of baking soda and a pinch of salt. Mix together, and put on your toothbrush and apply to the teeth. Let the mixture sit for about 5 minutes, and then rinse. This is best done every night.
If you are one of the many who wish for whiter teeth, then look no further as the dentists of Greenspoint Dental are here to fulfill your wishes. Contact us to set an appointment.