There are plenty of completely safe at home methods of tooth whitening. Despite what you may think, you do not need to see a doctor to get your teeth whitened, but there are a few things to keep in mind prior to engaging in an at home whitening session. Read on and find out how to save money and have a brighter, whiter smile without damaging your teeth!
Before you do any sort of procedure, you need to make sure that you do not have any sort of dental problem. NO cavities, gum issues, broken teeth or injured soft tissues, because otherwise you are inviting trouble. If any internal structures are exposed, the whitening method may end up doing a lot of harm, and may incur a trip to the emergency dentist as well. Make sure that your teeth are also very, very clean. Usually dentists will do a hygiene session before using chemicals to whiten teeth, and this is necessary, as any plaque or bacteria can become strengthened during the process. You have to brush and floss thoroughly. If you feel any pain, burning or discomfort, stop the treatment immediately.
This is a tricky one. Lemon juice does whiten teeth and remove plaque by dissolving it, but citric acid can also demineralise teeth and cause the enamel to break down. Use it sparingly, and with baking soda. Put a little bit of lemon juice on the baking soda before applying it to your toothbrush, or put the lemon juice in some water as a rinse. Make sure you normalize your mouth’s pH levels after this treatment, and make sure you eat plenty of dairy products and use extra fluoride if you are using this method, to protect your enamel.
Baking soda is good because it is neutral for teeth in that it does not do any harm to the enamel or the internal structures. It is also a fine grain, the perfect consistency for removing plaque and sticky, bacteria laden biofilm for your teeth without messing up your enamel. Wet a toothbrush and stick it in a bag of baking soda. Make sure all of the bristles are thoroughly covered with the grainy substance, and rub gently. Afterwards, rinse your mouth out with water. Repeat everyday for a week or so, and you should see results.
Certain foods will help you maintain whiter teeth. Celery, carrots, and other vegetables with hard outer shells are the best for this, as they can scrape the surface of the teeth and remove any plaque or bacterial residues. Make sure you eat plenty of raw veggies, start to incorporate them into your diet instead of chips or candy, and you will see better results and beautiful teeth.