Tooth whitening is usually a job left to the professionals but there are some products and remedies made for home use that just may make that trip to the dentist unnecessary. Tooth whitening kits are available over-the-counter. These kits contain either a peroxide-based gel that put into specialized cups that fit over the teeth. Other kits use a peroxide-soaked strip that adheres to the front of the teeth. The gel or strips are left on the teeth for 30 minutes up to 2 hours every day for one week.
Tooth whitening toothpaste will also help polish your teeth. Look for this toothpaste at your regular store. Some of them will say they are using a baking soda and peroxide formula. This toothpaste is a mild solution but, used daily, can be of great help.
There are also some home remedies for tooth whitening. One method is to place a tablespoon of baking soda on a small dish or cup. Pour in just enough hydrogen peroxide, about 3 teaspoons, to form a thick paste by mixing it into the baking soda. Use this paste to brush your teeth, paying special attention to the fronts of the teeth. When finished, immediately brush your teeth with regular toothpaste and then rinse.
Another home solution for tooth whitening is to take one strawberry and crush it in a cup until it is reduced to a squishy pulp. Add ½ teaspoon of baking soda and mix it into the crushed strawberry. With a toothbrush, spread the strawberry mixture over the front of the teeth and leave in place for 5 minutes. Follow up by brushing with regular toothpaste and then rinse.
If these methods do not work for you, then a professional whitening is in order. A professional whitening from a dental hygienist is more expensive but the results are much better than at-home treatments for most people.
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