Coffee, wine, and other everyday drinks and food can yellow your teeth. There's no need to buy expensive, harsh over-the-counter products to whiten teeth when there are many gentle, effective home remedies. Home remedies are especially good for those with sensitive teeth. While the most dramatic results can only come from a professional bleaching at a dentist's office, there are many DIY options. You probably have the ingredients for teeth whitening home remedies in your cupboard right now.
Salt and Lemon Juice Whitening Rinse
An easy salt-and-lemon-juice rinse is an effective, if sour tasting, tooth-whitening treatment. Simply juice one whole lemon and pour the juice into a small cup or mug. Add about one teaspoon of salt, adjusting so the mixture is about 25 percent salt and 75 percent lemon juice. Mix until the salt is dissolved. Swish the mixture in your mouth for one minute, as you would with mouthwash. Spit out the mixture and brush your teeth with toothpaste to get rid of any residual salt and acid. If you don't have sensitive teeth, use this rinse once or twice a week.
Baking Soda and Strawberry Whitening Treatment
The malic acid in strawberries is an excellent whitening chemical, and the mild abrasive texture of baking soda gives this whitening treatment an added boost. Using a fork, mash one large strawberry in a small bowl. Add half a teaspoon of baking soda and mix well. Using a soft toothbrush, spread the mixture onto your teeth and allow it to sit on your teeth for five minutes. Rinse out your mouth and brush your teeth with toothpaste to get rid of any residue. You can use this baking-soda-and-strawberry whitening treatment once a week.
Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda Whitening Treatment
A whitening treatment using hydrogen peroxide and baking soda is very effective because it combines the mildly abrasive texture of the baking soda with the mild bleaching effect of hydrogen peroxide. Put one teaspoon of baking soda in a small bowl. Add two drops of hydrogen peroxide and mix with a fork so a paste forms. Put paste on your toothbrush and brush as you normally would. Then rinse and brush again with regular toothpaste. You can use this treatment a few times a week.