Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Top 5 Home Remedies For Teeth Whitening

If you just quit smoking and want to get rid of the yellow stains from your teeth, or maybe you are preparing for a special event and you are looking for some quick home remedies for teeth whitening. Or maybe you don't want to go to dentist, and want to whiten your teeth with some home remedies? Here you will discover the top 5 home remedies for teeth whitening that you can use, and you will be surprised of what you'll find out.

1. Whitening Teeth with Lemon Juice

The Procedure is brushing teeth with lemon juice. The way lemon juice works is by making your teeth to lose calcium which gives teeth some of their off-white color. Once that calcium is lost, your teeth become very susceptible to decay, so if you don't want to end up with cavities and irreparably damaged tooth enamel, DO NOT use this remedy for whitening your teeth.

2. Whitening Teeth with Wood Ash

Procedure: Brushing teeth using wood ash (i.e. from your fireplace)
Wood ash contains potassium hydroxide (aka lye), and that is why this was one of the most used home remedies for teeth whitening by our grandparents. However, only hard wood ash works, soft wood ash does not contain significant concentrations of potassium hydroxide. Keep in mind though that you could really damage your teeth over time when using this remedy, because of the harshness of the potassium hydroxide

3. Whitening Teeth with Strawberries

Procedure: Brushing teeth using mashed strawberries
Rubbing a strawberry on your teeth may whiten them for a short period of time, but sugar and acid in the strawberry will harm your teeth more than it will help if you don't brush your teeth after. You should wait at least 20 minutes before washing your teeth because you could brush away some enamel if you do it immediately. From all the home remedies for teeth whitening, this one was actually tried by Tyra Banks, and even it may have worked for her, It is not advisable to use this remedy for whitening your teeth.

4. Whitening Teeth with Baking Soda

Procedure: Using Baking Soda with toothpaste while brushing

From all the home remedies for teeth whitening, this one doesn't really whitens your teeth, but it will help get plaque off and make them shine. Be warned that Baking Soda is an abrasive and if you use it too much, the enamel on your teeth can get damaged.

5. Whitening teeth with Hydrogen Peroxide:

There are studies being conducted upon hydrogen peroxide and DNA damage, cancer, reproductive disorders, etc. So I cannot stress enough to use the proper dilution rate, no more than twice a day, and do not swallow! There have been studies that Hydrogen peroxide mouth wash may whiten your teeth, but only if used properly.

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