Natural Options For Tooth Whitening
Many of us have looked in the mirror and had a problem with the teeth staring back at us. Maybe they are not as white as they once work. In fact, this is one of the most common complaints people have about their teeth.
Baking Soda, I Got Baking Soda:
This one is surprisingly effective for mild discoloration. Simply applying sodium bicarbonate to your teeth is the cheapest way to whiten them. This was actually what people used as toothpaste for centuries before modern toothpaste was invented, to be exact, and it does have whitening properties as well. The downside to this is that it will only give really good results in mildly discolored teeth.
Next Step, Add Strawberries:
If this doesn’t work, you can step up your game by adding 4-5 fresh strawberries to the mix and blending it all up until you get a paste. Use this past like you would toothpaste. It won’t taste very nice, even though it has strawberries in it, but if we were going for taste, we would have just ate the strawberries and been done with it, of course! Many people get good results after two weeks of doing this every day.
When You Need A Pro:
Sometimes, in the end, a professional tooth whitening isn’t so bad an option after all. You should proceed with caution if you choose this option, though. Although it can be the most effective treatment there are potential side effects:
Dr. Metz DDS says this about teeth whitening:
“While teeth whitening is one of the most conservative and cost effective ways to improve your smile; there are potential risks including damage to the gums and tooth sensitivity.
Anyone considering teeth whitening should have an examination by a dentist to make sure there are no current problems that will be aggravated by the process and to discuss their goals and whitening options.
When you consider that patient compliance is one of the biggest variables in the result of teeth whitening, over the counter products are at a disadvantage. Their lower concentration bleaching material requires more consistent longer term application to see results. If you have tried at home whitening and weren’t happy with the results there is still hope with professionally applied products at your dentist’s office.”
In the end, you have to weigh all the various options and decide which one is going to work out the best for you, your budget, and your ultimate goals. We wish you all the success in the world in brightening that smile.