Can I Whiten My Teeth At Home?

home teeth whitening

Advanced modern dentistry has introduced many different methods for home teeth whitening, and the need for white teeth has never been greater. The look and feel of your teeth can speak volumes of how much you value your teeth, and it’s also a sign of a healthy appearance. 

There are many products to choose from when it comes to home teeth whitening. Although, you need to be aware of which products are safe for your teeth. 

So, what are the safe home teeth whitening products you can use today to whiten your teeth? Let’s take a look.

Banana Peel Teeth Whitening

One of the more secret remedies has now become a lot more popular. A banana peel contains rich nutrients such as potassium, fatty acids, amino acids, and proteins that are naturally designed to protect your enamel from discolouration. Potassium is specially designed to keep your teeth and gums healthier.

How To Use The Banana Peel

Take the skin of a banana and rub the inner side of the peel gently against the top and bottom surfaces of your teeth. Do this until all surfaces of your teeth have been covered. Wait for 10 to 15 minutes before taking your toothbrush and gently brushing your teeth without toothpaste. Be gentle against your teeth. 

Once you’ve brushed your teeth for a minimum period of 3 minutes, rinse your mouth as normal until all particles of the banana peel are removed off your teeth. 

Oil Pulling Teeth Whitening

Oil Pulling was discovered as an ancient Indian remedy through Ayurvedic practice to ‘purify’ the body by removing toxins out of your mouth. A recommended choice of oil is coconut oil, which contains lauric acid that reduces inflammation and is a bacteria-killer. Therefore, if you’ve strong dental plaque build-up or discolouration, oil pulling is a recommended remedy. Oil pulling is also recommended as a home teeth whitening remedy.

How To Perform Oil Pulling?

To perform oil pulling, take one tablespoon of coconut oil and swish it around your mouth for a maximum time of 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, spit the oil out and rinse your mouth thoroughly. Oil pulling has zero links to acid, meaning it is safe to perform with your enamel safely protected. 

Baking Soda Teeth Whitening

Baking soda is a mild abrasive that can scrub away any particles or stains on your teeth, but it also contains natural whitening properties as well. In addition to this, it prevents bacteria from growing. When placing baking soda on your teeth, you will begin to notice a lighter tooth shade. You can either use baking soda by itself, which can be applied to your toothbrush, or you can use toothpaste that contains baking soda ingredients. 

How To Use Baking Soda

The most common teeth whitening way is to mix baking soda with water in a cup or a small bowl. Place half a teaspoon of baking soda with a few drops of water. Stir the contents to make a paste and apply it to your toothbrush.

Simply brush your teeth with its contents for a maximum period of 2 to 3 minutes, and then thoroughly rinse your mouth with water.

Lemon Teeth Whitening

Lemon contains citric acid, a corrosive property that can remove stains almost instantly. Lemon also contains properties such as vitamin C, calcium and manganese, properties that are vital for strong tooth enamel. Vitamin C is the bleaching agent that removes those stains and lightens your tooth shade as well. 

How To Use The Lemon Peel

Simply take the lemon peel and rub it on your teeth for a period of 2 minutes. Ensure that you rinse your mouth thoroughly, so the acid agents don’t remain on your teeth. You’ll need to brush your teeth afterwards.

Another option is to simply squeeze some lemon juice out of the peel into a cup of water and thoroughly swish in and around your mouth.

Teeth Whitening Strips

Teeth Whitening strips have become a very popular remedy for home teeth whitening. They’re affordable and deliver short-term results for your smile. Whitening strips contain peroxide gel that removes stains and destroys any bacteria. If you’ve sensitive teeth and gums, home teeth whitening strips are a worthwhile choice.

Now, it is important to ensure that you’re aware of the properties that your teeth whitening strips contain. There are many products you can buy from drug stores, and not all of them are necessarily considered safe.

What Do Teeth Whitening Strips Contain?

Home teeth whitening strips are flexible plastic that contains baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, two bleaching agents that lighten your tooth shade.  When you apply the strip to your teeth, the gel will spread to all contours of your teeth. 

How To Use Teeth Whitening Strips

Ensure that your hands are dry, so you don’t irritate the gel. Fit both the upper and lower strips individually on the gum line and gently press it again on your teeth. Keep the strips in position for a period of 15 to 30 minutes. Then, rinse your mouth to remove the contents of your teeth. 

Be sure that you know exactly what products you’re purchasing. Many counterfeit products can do damage to your smile. You should consult the dentist before purchasing teeth whitening strips so you’re aware of the dangers and safety precautions. 

Begin reaping the rewards of a strong and shiny smile by applying these home teeth whitening remedies today! 

by Dr Johnson Tang

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