You look in the mirror and realize that your smile isn’t quite as shiny and white as it once was. You consider purchasing an over-the-counter tooth whitener or asking your Century City cosmetic dentist about an in-office treatment.
While each of these is a viable option, they’re not the only choices. Here are a few of the unique ways people have used to whiten their teeth.
Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda Paste
One of the primary ingredients in many conventional tooth-whitening processes is hydrogen peroxide. Additionally, there are several toothpastes available on the market offering baking soda as a cleansing agent. Therefore, it only makes sense that a homemade tooth-whitening trick should include both these ingredients.
People who have tried this method begin with about a quarter teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide. They then slowly add baking soda until it becomes a paste, generally no more than one teaspoon. Now brush your teeth as you normally do being careful not to over scrub. The grittiness of the baking soda can damage enamel over time.
Chew on Carrots, Celery, and Apples
Although there are several foods that help naturally whiten teeth, some foods work better than other foods.
For instance, the cellulose in celery, carrots, and apples acts as a natural abrasive and the increase in saliva production that chewing creates helps to wash away food debris. Additionally, some suggest that other vegetables like spinach and broccoli create a film that protects teeth from stains.
The good news is physicians typically encourage patients to eat these foods anyway. So, now you can make both your physician and your Century City cosmetic dentist happy.
Strawberries Stain Your Clothes and Whiten Your Teeth
Believe it or not, there are those who swear that while strawberries may stain your clothing, they do wonders for your teeth. Apparently, they contain an enzyme known as malic acid. Apples contain it as well. However, unlike apples, strawberries also contain antioxidants and vitamin C. Both fight gum inflammation and periodontal disease.
To clean your teeth, start by mashing up a ripe strawberry. Rub it on your teeth with either a clean finger or a spare toothbrush. Let it sit for a few minutes then rinse your mouth thoroughly. Finish up by flossing and brushing as usual.
Whatever you do, remember to limit your consumption of sugar, acidic foods and beverages such as lemons and oranges, and stain-causing foods and beverages such as blueberries, coffee, and red wine.
Ultimately, the best way to keep your smile healthy and youthful is to brush and floss daily, and to visit your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist on a regular basis. Having your teeth cleaned professionally can go a long way in keeping your smile white and bright.