Most Popular At-Home Teeth Whitening Methods

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Smiling is the universal language of love and welcome, but if you’re not happy with your teeth, it can be hard to smile freely.

Lucky for you, there are a myriad of options to whiten your smile at home. Let’s take a look at a few of those methods and their benefits.

We’ll start with the true at-home methods and then get into the out-of-the-box options you can try at home. As always, before you try anything new, it’s best to talk to your dentist about it.

Option 1: Baking Soda and Lemon Juice Paste

All you need is a few teaspoons of baking soda and enough lemon juice to form a paste. Use a paper towel to wipe any saliva off your teeth and then apply the paste with your toothbrush. Let that sit for one minute. If you substitute water for the lemon juice, you can leave the paste on for three minutes.

Baking soda is a mild abrasive so it gently scrubs away surface stains to reveal your bright whites underneath. A small amount lemon juice helps in this case, but you should never suck on lemons. That can wear away at the enamel of your teeth.

Option 2: Strawberry, Salt and Baking Soda Paste

For this scrub you’ll need one to three large strawberries, a pinch of sea salt and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. Mash those strawberries into a pulp and mix in the baking soda and salt to make a paste. Wipe the saliva off of your teeth before using a toothbrush to apply the paste.

Leave this paste on for 5 minutes before rinsing off. You can do this nightly. The Vitamin C in strawberries helps to break down the plaque on your teeth causing those yellow stains, and the salt acts as an abrasive.

Option 3: Coconut Oil Rinse

This one only requires one tablespoon of coconut oil. Before you brush your teeth in the morning, put the tablespoon of coconut oil in my mouth and swish it around like mouthwash for 10 to 15 minutes. The lauric acid in the oil can rid your teeth of the bacteria found in plaque, and the taste isn’t that bad.

Option 4: Whitening Strips

There are several products on the shelves you can try. Whitening strips usually take about two hours and the results can last for two weeks up to two months.

Option 5: Whitening Toothpaste

Almost every brand of toothpaste has a whitening toothpaste, and many have whitening treatments, including polishers and gels. The only deterrent to using these methods is the long-term costs, but the results are usually very noticeable.

Option 6: Bleaching Kits

Bleaching kits can be very effective when used correctly but can be very messy and very costly. You can get the same results while relaxing in a dentist’s chair and keeping your hands clean! But if you’re interested in trying one at home, this website (link: http://www.yourdentistryguide.com/at-home-whitening/) has great reviews and instructions.

TIP: Routine is key when it comes to any aspect of your oral health, and applies in this key too. The fight with plaque and bacteria is a continuous one, so when you find a method that you like, start a routine and keep doing it as often as needed!

If you don’t have the time, or would prefer a stress-free professional teeth whitening, schedule an appointment with your dentist.

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