How to Whiten Your Teeth at Home

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Almost everyone wishes for whiter teeth because a mouth of white teeth not only makes their smile more beautiful but it also makes them look younger. To have bleached, bright-white teeth, you don’t need to pay ridiculous amounts of money for monthly supplies of chemicals. Here are five natural teeth whitening methods you can try to make your teeth as white as snow.

1. Apply hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen Peroxide is a natural bleaching agent that you can use to whiten your teeth. It is a widely used remedy to achieve a smile that will brighten any room. You can dip a washcloth in hydrogen-peroxide and then rub your teeth with it. The peroxide lightens stains while the numbness of the cloth further helps scrub them away. This useful and versatile substance also prevents the growth of bacteria and bad breath, which is often caused by bacteria.

2. Try citrus fruit, crunchy fruits and vegetables

Citrus fruit, such as oranges, lemons and pineapples, cause your mouth to produce more saliva that help clean the teeth and whiten your smile. You can just rub the rind on your teeth to help reduce any stains that have developed. Meanwhile, crunchy, crispy fruits, such as apples, celery and carrots, have an abrasiveness that can help to lift stains from the teeth and give the illusion that they are whiter.

3. Apply baking soda

All of the experts agree that baking soda is one of the strongest and safest whitening ingredients out there. It is one of the tooth whiteners that not only whitens but also cleans. Baking soda actually works within the enamel of your teeth to remove the stain that taints its natural color in the first place. Although this paste is safer than hydrogen peroxide, you should brush with it only twice a week.

4. Brush and floss

Brushing and flossing play a significant role in keeping teeth clean and white. So experts advise that you should brush daily with a whitening toothpaste, which contains heavy silica ingredients working to brush stains away. If you don’t keep up on these habits, staining and tooth decay will creep in and cause discoloration.

5. Chew a sugar-free gum with xylitol

Plague can't digest xylitol, so xylitol can actually help to prevent plaque. Additionally, chewing sugar-free gum helps protect your teeth and gums in between meals because your teeth are more at risk of acid attack after you have eaten. Xylitol can neutralize pH levels in the mouth and help the mouth produce more saliva - a natural defence against acid.

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Lee Dobbins has 433 articles online and 7 fans

I have been working as a doctor of a general hospital since February 1998. In addition, I am a full time writer and specialize in weight loss related issues. I also write for a number of different websites on the Internet.

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This article was published on 2013/06/19