Natural Teeth Whitening Solution

Natural Teeth Whitening Solution

April 2013

Magdalena Kapela

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There are several factors that can contribute to the discoloration of teeth.  Medications, diseases and advancing age are causes of tooth discoloration that are unavoidable. However, some causes like a poor diet and tobacco use are preventable causes. Having white teeth is a feature many people strive for because it can brighten your smile and make you look younger. Teeth whitening solutions range from drugstore kits to high-end treatments offered in medical spas. Before you go spending money at either, try these natural remedies to brighten and whiten your smile.

1. Baking Soda and Lemon – This combination is a popular teeth-whitening remedy on the Internet (even Dr.Oz recommends it!). In a small bowl combine baking soda and freshly squeezed lemon juice to create a paste. Apply the mixture to your teeth. Gently remove the mixture after a minute using a toothbrush.  Rinse your mouth with water after use. Baking soda is considered an abrasive agent; so do not use this remedy more than once a week to avoid damaging the enamel.

2. Hydrogen Peroxide – A 3-percent solution (which can be found at the drugstore) is safe for oral use. Use as a mouthwash, by swishing around your mouth for about 30 seconds.