There are a number of different things you can do to whiten your teeth at home. If you want a brighter smile for engagement pictures, your wedding day, or just everyday life knowing a few DIY methods can help you save money and time. Try a few of the methods below and see which one works best for you.
Coconut oil will whiten teeth slowly over time, so it may take a while to see results from this method. Put the oil in your mouth before you brush your teeth and swish it around for 10 or 15 minutes. Afterwards, rinse and brush your teeth. A great thing about coconut oil is that it can be used on teeth daily.
Baking soda can be pretty abrasive and should only be used on teeth once or twice a week. Dip your damp toothbrush in baking soda to make a kind of paste to brush your teeth with. You can also let the paste stay on your teeth for a minute or two. Be sure to rinse thoroughly afterward.
Hydrogen peroxide can be used on its own or with baking soda, just be sure to get the 3 percent solution. Mix it 50/50 with water and swish it around in your mouth for a few minutes. You can also make a paste with around 2 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide to one of baking soda and use it as you would baking soda above. The American Dental Association consider hydrogen peroxide safe for whitening teeth, but try to avoid swallowing it.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Like hydrogen peroxide, vinegar can be used on its own or with baking soda. As with coconut oil, using it on its own will not produce immediate results, but you will see a difference over time. You can gargle with it, or mix two tablespoons of vinegar with a tablespoon of baking soda. Use this paste the same way you use baking soda or hydrogen peroxide.
Whitening Strips and Toothpaste
There are also commercially available whitening strips and toothpastes that are designed to make your teeth whiter. Ask a Village Family Dental dentist for recommendations and follow the instructions on the product for safe use.
You can also take steps to keep your teeth whiter by avoiding smoking. Being sparing with drinks such as coffee, tea, soda and red wine and foods like berries and tomato sauce that can stain teeth.
Get into the habit of rinsing your mouth after drinking or eating staining beverages and food, and brush your teeth several times each day. These actions will help preserve your whiter teeth and are also good habits to practice for the overall health of your teeth.