Best Teeth Whitening Home Remedies

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Most people would like to have whiter teeth. In the past, the only way to whiten your teeth was to make an appointment with the dentist for an expensive bleaching process, and that process often had to be repeated more than once a year to keep teeth looking bright and clean.

Today, however, there are a lot more options for teeth whitening, especially when it comes to home remedies. You'll find a wide variety of products available on the market for cleaning and whitening teeth, as well as many suggestions and tips on do-it-yourself home whitening using ordinary household products. But how do you know which products and methods work, and which are a waste of your money and time?

With all of the available options, there are generally four different types of whitening products or systems: toothpaste, gel, strips, and trays. Whitening toothpaste is typically regular fluoride toothpaste with the addition of baking soda and / or peroxide. Gels are thicker, often have higher concentrations of peroxide or baking soda, and are meant to be applied and left on the teeth for a certain amount of time, rather than simply brushing with them.

Most whitening toothpastes and gels are not particularly effective. Many dentists report that strips and trays are the best options for home teeth whitening. These products are fairly self explanatory. Whitening strips are usually paper strips infused with a solution that often contains peroxide or baking soda, while trays are flexible plastic or rubber inserts that are filled with a whitening gel and held in the mouth for a certain length of time. These methods are more effective because they cover the teeth with the whitening solution long enough for the stains on your teeth to be removed.

The simplest home method for teeth whitening is to make a solution yourself. You can blend 2 tablespoons each of baking soda and peroxide (add more peroxide if the paste is too stiff), and brush this solution thoroughly on your teeth. Follow this with a regular brushing, using fluoride toothpaste, because your teeth still need fluoride. This homemade paste can achieve some whitening results. However, most commercial teeth whitening products are faster and more effective, and often worth the purchase.

Some additional tips for keeping your teeth clean and white: try chewing sugar-free gum or swishing water in your mouth for about 30 seconds after meals, to loosen new food stains that may be forming on your teeth. Snacking on crunchy fruits and vegetables like carrots, celery, and apples, can also help to clean your teeth.

Source by Renata Nyleve