It seems that every time you turn on the television these days, a new tooth whitening product is being promoted that claims to lighten your teeth by several shades. Unfortunately, the products are usually expensive and can cause tooth sensitivity issues for some people, particularly those with receding gumlines. Is there a safer, less expensive way to brighten your smile? Are there ways to naturally whiten your teeth?
What are the drawbacks to commercial tooth whitening systems?
Most commercial dental whitening systems use a solution of 10-15% carbamide peroxide which may be effective in whitening the teeth, but, sometimes, at the expense of tooth sensitivity and tenderness in the teeth and gum region. Commercial tooth whitening systems can also cause uneven whitening of the teeth in some people. If you happen to have a cavity when you use a tooth whitening solution, there’s the potential risk of the bleach lodging in the cavity which could necessitate a root canal.
Are there ways to naturally whiten your teeth?
Although there are ways to naturally white your teeth at home, it’s unrealistic to expect to lift the color of your teeth five shades using simple, homemade treatments, but you can brighten your smile without experiencing gum sensitivity or running the risk of tooth damage if you happen to have a cavity.
What are some natural ways to whiten teeth?
Baking soda can really brighten your teeth, although it shouldn’t be used daily since it’s slightly abrasive and could thin out the tooth enamel over time. Always rinse your mouth thoroughly after brushing with baking soda. Another natural tooth whitening remedy to avoid is lemon juice due to its high acid content which can also destroy tooth enamel. Preserving tooth enamel should be the top priority.
A simple and delicious way to naturally whiten your teeth is to rub your teeth with a fresh strawberry. This method works because strawberries are high in malic acid which helps to remove surface stains that come from drinking too much coffee or tea. You’ll notice the brightness immediately. Because you’re dealing with a weak acid, this is another method that can thin out tooth enamel if used excessively. Use it in moderation and always brush with regular toothpaste afterwards. Brushing with regular toothpaste is important to remove the natural sugars the strawberry leaves behind.
Another method that works well for some people is to apply extra virgin olive oil to a soft cloth and lightly scrub the teeth with it after brushing. It’s unknown why this works, but many people report excellent results using extra virgin olive oil straight out of their kitchen cabinet.
Of course, you can keep your pearly whites looking whiter by drinking dark colored fruit juices, coffee, and tea through a straw and kicking the smoking habit. The next time you’re tempted to invest in an expensive tooth whitening system, put your credit card away and use these less expensive methods to naturally whiten your teeth. They’re a healthier alternative.