Zero PeroxideAre your teeth yellow enough to make you want to hide your smile? Why spend on over-the-counter teeth-whiteners–strips, tooth pastes, mouthwashes, mouthpieces and what have you—when common household products can do the trick?

Your teeth are made up of two layers: “dentin” (inner) and “enamel” (outer). Whenever we consume teeth-staining products, another layer called the “pellicle film” gradually forms over the enamel. While brushing your teeth could remove some of it, the remaining pellicle becomes harder to remove over the years, and the layer just compounds, giving your teeth the stained look.

Teeth-whiteners remove the stains, making the teeth appear whiter. They either dissolve or scrub away the top-most layer on your teeth, which is okay if done once every few months. However, if done frequently, teeth-whitening could damage your teeth and your gums instead. Below is a list of popular teeth-whitening-at-home remedies.

Used with Toothpaste

    – Hydrogen Peroxide: Apply toothpaste on brush and dip in hydrogen peroxide (and/or baking soda).*This teeth-whitening agent sets off an oxidation reaction, which breaks the bond between the staining compounds. It’s very effective but must not be swallowed.

    – Olive Oil: Apply toothpaste on brush and dip in olive oil (and/or vinegar).

    – Baking Soda: Combine toothpaste with baking soda (and/or a pinch of salt and lemon juice) and brush with this.

Rubbed onto Teeth

    – Strawberries: Slice a strawberry in half or mash it up before rubbing the fruit flesh on your teeth. Leave the juice on for a minute, and then rinse with lukewarm water. *Strawberries contain malic acid, an enzyme that I also present in whitening toothpastes. Besides this, studies show that strawberry fibres naturally remove bacteria from the mouth.

    – Orange peels: Rub an orange peel over your teeth. *Orange peels contain citric acids that dissolve stains from repeated use.

    – Sea Salt

    – Hard Wood Ash

Side Effects of Teeth-Whitening-at-Home Remedies

The frequent use of teeth-whiteners over time can erode enamel, eventually leading to tooth decay, and can damage the nerves, causing tooth sensitivity.

Precautions in Using Teeth-Whitening-at-Home Remedies

    – Don’t bleach your teeth every day.

    – Don’t use any teeth-whiteners when you have a cavity.

    – It’s pointless bleaching your teeth when the discoloration appears to be on the inside

Maintaining White Teeth

These suggestions will help you minimize the need to use teeth-whiteners often.

Do’s

    – Floss

    – Brush after Every Meal

    – Don’t rinse mouth with cold or hot water

    – Brush gently (brushing abrasively can remove the enamel coating on your teeth)

    – Use antiseptic non-alcohol-based mouth wash

Don’ts

    – Smoking

    – Coffee & Tea

    – Dark Beverages: Red Wine, Cola, Cranberry Juice

    – Some Foods: Curry, Soy Sauce, Tomato Sauce, Balsamic Vinegar, Berries

    – Alcoholic Beverages

 

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