Do you spend a lot of money on teeth whiteners either at the Dentist’s office or at stores that sell the at-home treatments (ex. Target, Wal-Mart, Ulta, CVS Pharmacy, etc.)? Well, save your money! I know the at-home treatments that you buy from a retail store are not cheap at all, I’ve bought them. I also know that the treatments at a Dentist’s office are DEFINITELY not cheap either. So, I have a solution that will save you money and will work just as well as those expensive treatments! Here are some home remedies that I found that you can make yourself with items that are already in your home!
1) Use ¼ cup of baking soda and lemon juice from half of a lemon. This is a very popular home remedy for teeth whitening. This was shown on Dr. Oz for a teeth whitening home remedy also. Apply over teeth with a cotton ball or q-tip. Leave it on for no longer than one minute, and then brush your teeth to remove. Use no more than once a week because it could wear away tooth enamel.
2) Use a little toothpaste, mix in one tsp. of baking soda plus one tsp. of hydrogen peroxide, and half a tsp. of water. Thoroughly mix then brush your teeth for 2 minutes. Do once a week until you have reached the results you want. Once your teeth are good and white, limit yourself to using this treatment once every month or two.
3) Take a q-tip, dip it in a cap full of hydrogen peroxide and scrub on teeth. Leave it on for no more than 30 seconds and then brush teeth. Do this for a week straight in the morning and before bed.
4) Brush your teeth with straight baking soda. Do this twice a month. Baking soda removes stains, whitens teeth, and removes buildup on the enamel.
5) Even though it doesn’t sound very tasty AT ALL, swishing/gargling hydrogen peroxide for 60 seconds a couple times per month or every other day if you like, will whiten your teeth and prevent the growth of bacteria. After the 60 seconds, spit it out, then after another 1-2 minutes, rinse your mouth out with water. Always use a 50/50 mixture of water (1 tbsp.) and the hydrogen peroxide (1 tbsp.). It also helps prevent infections and bad breath.
Do not use the hydrogen peroxide treatment if you have metal dental fillings. It can cause mercury to be pulled from your fillings and end up in your system.
Before trying any teeth whitener, consult your dentist first. This is mainly for people with sensitive teeth, gum disease, and worn down/weak enamel.