The quest for whiter, brighter teeth over the years has led to many home remedies being employed by people across the world. While teeth whitening at the clinic is quick & easy, you may choose to whiten your teeth at home.
Be warned though, you don’t want to converting your home into a mad scientist lab and applying exotic chemicals to your teeth unsupervised. Here are some simple methods you can use however. Results may vary and professional teeth whitening with our clinicians or using a proper tooth whitening solution is your best bet.
Oil Pulling: The process of swishing some oil around in your mouth to kill of bacteria thanks to the Lauric acid content of most oils. Coconut oil is best for this due to its antibacterial properties. Studies have been conducted and have shown that oil pulling can reduce the amount of bad bacteria in your mouth and reduces the instances of gingivitis and plaque. Oil pulling is safe and should prevent the buildup of plaque. It may not however, give you whiter teeth to the degree that a professional teeth whitening treatment will.
Baking Soda or Charcoal Toothpaste: Gently brushing with toothpastes based on either of those have been shown to have a positive effect on the shade of your teeth. They’re both mildly abrasive and can scrub off layers of stains. Baking soda also alkalizes your mouth which prevents bacteria growth.
Hydrogen Peroxide Toothpastes: Hydrogen Peroxide is a bleaching agent that is used as part of some of our teeth whitening gels. There are toothpastes available on the market with lower concentrations of it that have been shown to improve the colour of your teeth over time. However if your short on time and want instant results, book a teeth whitening treatment with us today.
Apple Cider Vinegar: One study performed on cow teeth found that apple cider vinegar does have a bleaching effect on teeth. However, they also found that vinegar may soften the teeth.The acetic acid in vinegar has the potential to erode the enamel on your teeth. For this reason, you should not use apple cider vinegar every day. You should also limit the amount of time that apple cider vinegar is in contact with your teeth. To use it as a mouthwash, dilute it with water and swish it around in your mouth for several minutes. Make sure to rinse your mouth with plain water afterwards.