Coffee, tea and stains from sodas and regular smoking can leave you teeth discolored and dirty. The acid in these substances can cause fine cracks in the teeth leading to the food particles being lodged in these cracks. There are a number of professional bleaching treatments that are available at the dentist’s office. However these treatments can be quite expensive. If you do not want to spend those extra bucks on professional treatments, then there are a number of ways to whiten teeth at home.
Using hydrogen peroxide for whitening teeth is quite popular. Not only is it cheap and readily available but swishing your teeth with hydrogen peroxide can leave you with sparkly white teeth in less than a couple of weeks.
Remember to rinse off thoroughly with water as the acid can damage the enamel of the teeth. Do not swallow hydrogen peroxide but rather use it as a mouthwash. You can also rub a cotton swab with hydrogen peroxide and rub it on the teeth after brushing.
Containing natural whitening acids, strawberries are great for whitening the teeth. However the sugar and the harmful acids need to be rinsed out properly with water. Mash the strawberries and rub it on your teeth to whiten it. Use fluoride toothpaste to brush your teeth after whitening it with strawberries.
Baking soda is an age old treatment that is used in a number of remedies. Wet a toothbrush, add some baking powder on the bristles and brush your teeth with it. You can also mix it with toothpaste and use it.
A great way of whitening teeth is by using wood ash. The potassium hydroxide and the tiny crystals in the ash scrape the plaque and help to bleach the teeth. Put it directly on the teeth and rub it steadily or use it with toothpaste to get sparkly white teeth. Do not overuse it as the teeth may be permanently harmed by the acidic content of wood ash.
You can use teeth whitening gels and strips to reduce teeth discoloration. This is available with all major dentists and with leading pharmacies.