Teeth whitening is a problem that concerns not only smokers or those who drink several cups of coffee a day. There are many substances that stain the enamel and lead to plaque build-up. For whiter teeth without dental treatments, try these five natural methods of teeth whitening, at home.
Sodium bicarbonate and hydrogen peroxide
For many people, “whiten teeth naturally” it is synonymous with ”baking soda”. But it works best in combination with other ingredients.
A good method of teeth whitening is the combination of baking soda with a pinch of salt and half a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide. The mixture can be spread on your teeth using a finger or a toothbrush. Leave it a few minutes, then gently clean, without pushing too much.
The abrasive effect of bicarbonate and the whitening ability of peroxide, are working well together, but don’t let the mixture touch your skin.
Sodium bicarbonate and sage
Fresh sage leaves can be chewed or rubbed on teeth for natural bleaching, giving also a fresh breath. The combination of sodium bicarbonate and sage leaves, however, is really strong.
Brushing of the teeth with the paste obtained with the two ingredients refreshes the mouth and can be used several times a day.
Baking soda and strawberries
The fruits that contain vitamin C in moderate amounts contribute to teeth whitening, without unpleasant side effects. Strawberries have the strongest effect, which is mainly due to the seeds of these fruits.
Crush a strawberry and mix it with half a teaspoon of baking soda until you get a smooth paste. Apply it on your teeth and let it act for five minutes before you wash your teeth with the toothpaste that you normally use.
Keep in mind:
The dentists don’t recommend teeth whitening with sodium bicarbonate in the long term, because it could damage the enamel.
Greater dangers for the enamel are natural bleach containing lemon juice or vinegar. The high content of acids may harm the enamel, and too much vitamin C, remove calcium from your teeth..
After teeth whitening, the effects can quickly disappear if you consume frequently: sodas (especially cola), coffee, red wine and even berries.