We all know you are supposed to go to the dentist every 6 months for a routine checkup to check for cavities, plaque and signs of possible gum disease. You likely receive dental postcards as reminders of your visit, but the routine visit is not going to make your smile any whiter. If the dentist actually does a teeth cleaning and scaling, that WILL whiten teeth. But, here are some easy home remedies that will brighten your teeth.
While brushing can definitely help prevent cavities and tooth decay, your daily habits may leave your teeth stained or dingy no matter how many times a day you brush.
If you want a whiter smile, but do not want to make an expensive teeth whitening appointment with your dentist, consider these home remedies and get rid of the stains that are caused by coffee, tomato sauce and red wine.
How to Whiten Your Teeth Using Easy Home Remedies
Eat More Apples, Celery and Carrots
You may not realize this, but foods like apples, celery and carrots can help whiten your teeth. These foods increase the production of saliva, and believe it or not, your drool is a natural cleaning agent that will help fight away the stains. So be sure to eat some of these fruits every day.
Add Baking Soda to Your Toothpaste
Who would have thought an main ingredient to your baking could help you whiten your teeth naturally? If you have not noticed, most whitening toothpastes use baking soda.
Baking soda is not only safe, it is one of the strongest ingredients to whiten teeth. It will remove the buildup around your teeth and neutralize acid in the mouth to gradually remove stains. Sprinkle some baking soda on your toothbrush and do what your hygienist does for free.
Gargle with Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide has oxidizing agents that will whiten teeth and event prevent bacteria from growing and thriving in your mouth. If you create a mixture with 1 part water and 1 part hydrogen peroxide, gargle about 2 or 3 times a month and you will see a brighter smile in the mirror.
Just use a small amount of this mixture because if you overdo it, your mouth could become a bit sensitive.
Eat More Strawberries
Did you know that strawberries contain an enzyme called malic acid that will act as an organic cleaner? Mash up some strawberries, rub them on your teeth, and rinse after a minute with water.
It is amazing how foods and other ingredients you find in your home can help you whiten teeth without the expensive bill. Practice these techniques, take before and after pictures, and you can see how much of a difference a month will make when you are trying these home remedies.
Use These Tips to Whiten Teeth
Use the above tips regularly to whiten teeth and brighten your smile. Teach good dental care to children early in their lives. This will help them form the good habit of cleaning their teeth several times a day.
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Annabelle is a mother of two children. She lives outside of Milwaukee, WI and is a blog enthusiast and loves writing.