(This does not replace medical or dental advice.)
Many years ago, my mom showed me an at-home trick to whiten my teeth. The best part is that it doesn’t use harsh chemicals, and it’s budget-friendly.
This is not something that I do frequently, but it’s something I do every now and then.
Here’s what you need:
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Baking soda
- Mixing dish
- Something to mix with (I use my toothbrush.)
1. Pour a small amount of Baking Soda into your mixing dish. (I poured way too much – even though this a small container.)
2. Add in small amounts of Hydrogen Peroxide and mix until it becomes paste-like (think snow).
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3. Put this on your toothbrush and be sure to add the mixture to all of your teeth (do your best to keep this on your teeth only) – while brushing. I try to do this for a few minutes.
4. Rinse. (Then, I typically brush with my toothpaste – just to get rid of the taste.)
- Baking soda is Sodium Bicarbonate, so you’re okay if you ingest it; however, in this mixture with hydrogen peroxide – avoid swallowing.
- Hydrogen peroxide can burn in large amounts, but this is a small amount in a mixture you are using in your teeth – and not swallowing.
- Do this sparingly. This is not something I would do daily.
- This may be more tolerable if you add a small amount to your toothpaste (once it’s already on your toothbrush).
- Bonus: Hydrogen peroxide acts as an anti-bacterial agent and helps eliminate plaque.
- Important: This does not replace medical or dental advice or knowledge.
- There are ways to keep our teeth white: Avoid caffeinated drinks like coffee and pop – or try to drink with a straw (metal, of course). Eat foods like: strawberries, carrots, and apples.
Of course, there have been a few times where I have purchased white strips over the years. This summer, I tried them again, and they have improved substantially (they don’t slide off like they used to) since they were first introduced.
Here are some Crest White Strip options:
I trim (cut) the strips to fit the size of my mouth, so I can avoid my gums. I do feel a little extra gum sensitivity after during them, but it has improved since the early versions.
Here’s to brighter and whiter smiles!
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