In a country filled with coffee drinkers, it is not surprise that one of the most common cosmetic dental procedures is teeth whitening. Mopes states that even over the counter teeth whiteners cost Americans over $1 billion annually. However, financial cost is not the only concern. Some report side effects from chemical and laser treatments like increased sensitivity to especially cold or hot foods and beverages, and others reported sensitivity in the gums. Because of this, there are several options for natural teeth whiteners that do not result in painful side effects or costly procedures. The following are some examples to try at home.
1. Keep a Clean Routine: The obvious first answer is to brush and floss every day, at least twice a day. It is preferable to brush after every meal, especially if consuming staining foods like coffee and tea. Regular brushing can prevent plague build up, one of the causes of yellowing teeth and sometime bad breath. Flossing is a too often bypassed necessity; keeping healthy gums can prevent not only stains and gum disease, but prevent heart disease as well.
2. Berry Brushing: Berries are good for your health in general, but have an added benefit for teeth, too. Vitamin C and malic acid found in most berries can help break down plague buildup, as well as remove surface stains. Eating the berries, specifically strawberries, might not be enough, however. Actually smashing the berries up and applying to the teeth is more effective. Allow to sit on teeth for 5 minutes and then rinse well.
3. Homemade Paste: Just like berries, a similar paste applied to the teeth can help remove stains and plaque. Instead of strawberries, make a toothpaste of baking soda, lemon juice, and a little kosher salt for an abrasive. Do the same thing as the berry paste and allow to sit for five minutes, then rinse well. This should be used cautiously as the abrasive can damage the enamel if used too often.
4. Eat Right: Eating certain vegetables and fruits can also help maintain whiter, healthier teeth. Anything raw and crispy, essentially, will be abrasive enough to help build a whiter grin. Try raw carrots and celery, apples and pears. Though these are abrasive, they are generally safe and won’t harm teeth. Plus, it is an excellent addition to the any healthy diet.