Taia Travick, February 17th, 2017
Whiter teeth are something that everyone today desires in our cosmetically driven world. Americans spend approximately $4 billion dollars on teeth whitening products and procedures every year- that’s a lot of money! Did you know there are ways you can whiten your teeth safely and inexpensively at home? Yes, you can make your own teeth whitening products at home without having to pay hundreds of dollars on other products and treatments! It’s easy. All you need are some everyday ingredients used at home, patience and most of all, your teeth. There are two home remedies used all over the world today that is proven to actually work: The baking soda and lemon juice paste and the strawberry, salt and baking soda scrub. Here is how you can achieve a whiter smile in just a couple of weeks:
Baking Soda and Lemon Juice Paste
Baking soda (Sodium bicarbonate) is an effective tooth whitening agent that can remove stains from teeth. Because baking soda is alkaline (the opposite of acidic), it will balance out the pH in your mouth and reduce the acidity of the lemon juice, so this paste isn’t harmful to your enamel.
- Baking Soda
- Lemon Juice (freshly squeezed from a lemon)
- Small bowl
Mix the baking soda and enough lemon juice in a small bowl until it becomes a paste. Wipe off your teeth with a paper towel or washcloth to get any excess saliva off the surface of your teeth. Put a good amount of paste on a toothbrush and apply to your teeth. Let the paste sit for at least 1 ½ minutes, then rinse. Brush your teeth normally.
Strawberry, Salt and Baking Soda Scrub
Strawberries are high in Vitamin C and contain malic acid, a natural enamel whitener. Salt acts an abrasive, physically scrubbing away plaque on your teeth.
- Baking Soda
- Small Bowl
Mash strawberries up in a bowl. Mix in baking soda and a pinch of salt. Wipe off teeth with a paper towel or washcloth to get any excess saliva of the surface of your teeth. Put a good amount of the scrub on a toothbrush and apply to teeth. Let it sit for at least 5 minutes, then rinse. Brush your teeth normally.