Natural Teeth Whitening
If you’d like whiter teeth but don’t want to go for veneers, place whitening products on your teeth or have your Plano cosmetic dentist do the job professionally, there are several things you can do to whiten your teeth naturally.
First, a few “fun” facts: Americans spend almost $1.5 billion a year on over-the-counter teeth whitening products, according to NBCNews.com. But whitening your teeth with these products can have some side effects such as sensitivity to cold drinks and irritation of your gums.
Before we list the natural methods of teeth whitening, please understand that they probably won’t give you the same results as OTC methods, or having your dentist professionally whiten your teeth.
Below are some natural teeth whitening methods:
Take some baking soda and mix it with lemon juice to form a paste. Brush this paste on to your teeth. Leave the paste on for about a minute, then use the brush to remove it. Baking soda actually is sodium bicarbonate and it will help remove surface stains from your teeth while the lemon juice (citric acid) will make them whiter.
If your gums and teeth are more sensitive, just use the baking soda to get rid of the stains. You also can mix it with salt for better stain removal.
Brushing your teeth with baking soda is abrasive, so it could wear down your tooth’s enamel if you do it too frequently. That’s why we recommend you perform this tooth-whitening tactic just once a week.
Eat cheese after a meal. This can help keep cavities at bay and also can help in strengthening enamel. Casein, a protein found in milk, cheese and yogurt work with the calcium and phosphate (also found in milk) to make your enamel stronger.
Enamel is important to a whiter smile because, as the tooth’s outermost layer, it protects an inner layer called dentin. The dentin actually determines what color your tooth is (even though it’s the enamel that can become stained).
Brush your teeth with strawberries! That’s right. Not only do strawberries come packed with great antioxidants, the Vitamin C in them also takes away plaque. The fruit’s malic acid (a natural astringent), can remove stains.
Crush one or two strawberries until they make a pulp. Apply it to your teeth with a toothbrush. Leave it be for five minutes then rinse your mouth with water.
Finally, brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day (after breakfast and after dinner and right before going to bed). Doing so helps prevent cavities and also – particularly if you floss – helps remove plaque, which can cause a yellowish tint to your teeth.
If you’d like to talk Plano cosmetic dentist Dr. Darren Dickson about professional teeth whitening, he’d love to talk to you! Call our office or send us a message at [email protected].