When you think of whitening your teeth, you probably think of bleaching chemicals used at Just Smiles or the offices of other Westerville dentists. Dentists offer both in-office and take-home methods of making your smile cleaner and brighter. However, these popular options aren’t the only way to whiten your teeth. Nature offers a number of other techniques for removing stains and beautifying your teeth.
Many of these natural options for tooth whitening come from fruits and vegetables. While they may not work quite as quickly as the products you might get from a dentist, these are natural options that are cheap and effective. Strawberries and other fruits containing malic acid are a great way to whiten your teeth. Just eating these fruits can be beneficial, but many people like to mash up strawberries and put them on their teeth for about five minutes for greater effect. This method uses acid to whiten your teeth, so you don’t want to do this more than once or twice a week. Exposing your teeth to too much acid for too long a time period can cause damage to the enamel of your teeth. After applying the crushed strawberries, rinse your mouth out with water and brush and floss your teeth.
Another popular method for cheap, at-home teeth whitening is to brush your teeth with baking soda. This is effective because of the abrasive nature of the baking soda, but that same abrasiveness means this can damage your teeth if you do it too often or for too long a time period. As with the strawberry technique described above, you don’t want to do this more than once or twice a week.
Crisp fruits or vegetables like apples and celery can also help clean your teeth. By increasing saliva production (your body’s natural teeth cleaner) and mechanically scrubbing tooth surfaces as you chew, these natural foods help you keep a healthy, white smile.
So, if you’re looking into options for whitening your teeth, don’t forget to consider these cheap, natural, and effective home remedies!