If the extra coffee and wine you enjoyed over the holidays have caused your teeth to lose their luster, don’t fret! Just like you need some time to unwind from your end-of-year eating habits to see a change in your waistline, your teeth need a little time, too.
We know that you’re also trying to save money after presents and traveling, so while we always encourage you to visit us in Carrollton, TX for a consultation on professional teeth whitening, we also wanted to provide you with natural teeth whitening options.
Keep reading for ways to economically and naturally brighten your smile. In the end, if you still aren’t satisfied after trying these options, give our office a call to discuss professional options with our team.
- Brush with baking soda
If you have extra baking soda left over from holiday baking, then we have the perfect use for it! Baking soda has natural whitening agents which make it a popular component of commercial toothpastes. In addition, its mildly-abrasive nature helps to scrub away stains on your teeth.
Studies have found that toothpastes containing baking soda were significantly more effective at removing yellow stains from teeth than standard toothpastes without baking soda. The higher the concentration of baking soda, the greater the effect. If you’re looking to economically make your own toothpaste, combine 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 2 teaspoons of water and brush away. You can use this concoction several times a week for maximum benefit.
- Hydrogen peroxide
You might think hydrogen peroxide is reserved for cleaning wounds to prevent infection. But its ability to kill bacteria is exactly why some people use it as a natural teeth whitening agent. Many toothpastes contain hydrogen peroxide as a component to kill bacteria and whiten teeth. It’s important to note that heavily diluted concentrations appear safe, however strong concentrations or overuse can cause gum irritation and tooth sensitivity. One way to use hydrogen peroxide safely is as a mouthwash before you brush your teeth. Make sure you are using a 1.5% or 3% solution to avoid unwanted side effects.
- Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar seems to be the cure-all for many modern ailments. Acetic acid, which is the main active ingredient in apple cider vinegar, kills bacteria extremely effectively. And the antibacterial property of vinegar is what makes it useful for cleaning your mouth and whitening your teeth.
Due to the high acidity, it is important that this home treatment be used sparingly. Consuming too much acid can harm the enamel on your teeth and make them softer over time. Dilute apple cider vinegar in water to use as a mouth wash and to cut down on the acidic properties.
- Maintain excellent oral hygiene
To prevent further staining, it’s important to maintain excellent oral health in general as your kickoff to the new year. Brushing and flossing help protect your enamel, prevent gum disease and remove stains. In addition, it’s important to come visit us in Carrollton, TX for your biannual professional cleaning. We are always updating our techniques through continuing education to ensure our patients have the best experience possible.
It’s uncommon (if not unheard of) for people to have naturally white teeth their whole lives. We are here to help you maintain your smile and help guide you in making decisions on how to whiten your teeth as the years tick by!
Also published on Medium.