A beautiful smile can be a tremendous social asset and even a great work asset. Most people understand this fact, and it may be the reason the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) found that the vast majority of people polled wanted whiter teeth. People surveyed believed that a whiter teeth made their smile more beautiful almost 100 percent of the time. So, it makes sense that everywhere you look when you shop, you’ll see rows of products to whiten the teeth. It’s just that popular.
People used to create their whitening solutions long before companies jumped on the opportunity to bring one to the market. They used a homemade paste for whitening that was both safe and efficient. It also can be used with right along with most professional tooth care products. Of course, like any homemade product, it doesn’t replace the professional dental care and regular dental visits.
Is Whitening at Home Safe?
While baking soda acts as an alkaline — an acid neutralizing agent —it’s also slightly abrasive. That’s one reason it’s so popular to combine with coconut oil, which has the antiseptic qualities, to create a home toothpaste.
It won’t make any difference in the color of your teeth when you add coconut oil to the paste; it just helps protect the teeth and gums from bacteria.
For whitening, most people omit it from the paste to get better results. While the baking soda scrubs the teeth, the coconut oil kills the germs, protecting the teeth and giving you sweet smelling breath in the process.
When creating a whitening agent, the hydrogen peroxide is the bleaching element. While it’s not as strong bleach as those used in professional products, it’s safe and effective for home use.
Through years of eating and drinking, small amounts of the substances soak into the teeth and stain them. The hydrogen peroxide goes into the slightly porous enamel layer and bleaches it.
A statement from the American Dental Association (ADA) —notes that carbamide peroxide — the bleach you use on your hair — is in most whitening products as the primary bleaching agent.
Some of it breaks down and becomes hydrogen peroxide while the rest becomes urea—also known as carbamide.
Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda
It only takes three ingredients to make your home tooth-whitening paste, hydrogen peroxide, a basic toothpaste and baking soda. The baking soda, when combined with water, helps reduce the stains by breaking down the molecule of the offending ingredient on your tooth enamel. They’re then brushed away to produce a whiter smile. The hydrogen peroxide bleaches them in the process.
How to Do:
① Simply mix the two together to create a paste. It takes approximate a two to one ratio—two tablespoons of the hydrogen peroxide to one tablespoon of baking soda. This ensures it’s less gritty.
② Put the paste on your toothbrush and start brushing it on your teeth to ensure coverage. Allow it to sit for a minute before rinsing.
③ Rinse thoroughly until your mouth no longer feels gritty.
It’s always important to thoroughly rinse your mouth afterward, so no hydrogen peroxide or baking soda is left over. Don’t use more than two or three times a week. Using this paste excessively can cause the enamel to be compromised and create sensitivity.
- 2 small cut aluminum/tin foil sheet
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp water (or hydrogen peroxide optional)
How To Do:
① In a container, put 1 tsp baking soda, salt and toothpaste together.
② Add a teaspoon of water (or hydrogen peroxide optional) and mix altogether to form a paste.
③ Using a wooden stick, gently put a thick coat of mixture paste in the tin foil.
④ Cover your teeth with the tin foil and let it stick on your teeth for about an hour. Then peel off the aluminum foil, and rinse off your mouth thoroughly. Instantly, your teeth would have turned milky white from a faded yellow.
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