How to Whiten Teeth in a Hurry at Home

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If you whiten your teeth with commercial teeth whitening strips, the results are evident over time; several applications are needed to get the desired results. If you are in a rush and instantly want to whiten your teeth, there are items in your home that you can use to whiten your teeth immediately. Because these items can be harsh to your teeth, proper application and removal is essential. When done correctly, you can effectively remove surface stains from your teeth.

Things You'll Need

  • Bowl
  • 1 strawberry
  • Fork
  • Toothbrush
  • Dental floss
  • Baking soda
  • 1 lemon
  • Cotton swab or cotton pad

Strawberries and Baking Soda

  • Remove the green top off one strawberry. Place the strawberry in a small bowl and puree it with a fork.

  • Add 1/2 tsp. of baking soda to the mashed strawberry and mix the ingredients together.

  • Place some of the mixture on your toothbrush and apply it to your teeth until all of them are covered.

  • Wait five minutes. The malic acid in the strawberries naturally removes surface stains off your teeth while the baking soda has a bleaching effect. Avoid leaving the mixture on your teeth longer than five minutes because the natural sugars from the strawberry can cause cavities and the acid can erode your teeth.

  • Rinse your mouth with water to get rid of the mixture. Floss in between your teeth if any strawberry seeds got stuck. Brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste. Perform this home-whitening method no more than once a week

Lemon Juice and Baking Soda

  • Place 1/2 tsp. of baking soda in a small bowl.

  • Juice a lemon and mix the lemon juice with the baking soda. The mixture will bubble slightly.

  • Wipe a cotton swab or cotton pad over your teeth to dry them off and remove any saliva.

  • Dip your toothbrush in the mixture and brush it over your teeth. Rinse the mixture off your toothbrush.

  • Leave the mixture on your teeth for no more than one minute because the acid in lemon juice can damage your tooth enamel. Brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wearing red or berry-toned lipstick can make your teeth appear brighter.

References

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