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DIY White Teeth—It’s Safe, Cheap, Easy!

According to a study by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the most important thing people want to change about their smiles is the whiteness of their teeth. One way to confirm this fact is by reviewing the number of times people do an online search for DIY white teeth!

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There are plenty of ways to achieve beautifully white teeth with over-the-counter kits, whitening products, and whitening procedures at dental offices—all good ways to get white teeth. And that can get expensive.

But here’s the deal: Bright smiles and white teeth were desirable long before there were whitening kits, strips, trays, pens, toothpaste, mouthwash, and professional treatments. Homemade whitening pastes are cheap to make, easy to use, and remarkably effective. In short, DIY white teeth!

DIY White Teeth Recipes

Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda

My dentist explains that ordinary kitchen staple baking soda releases free radicals that break down stain-causing molecules on tooth enamel. Combine that with hydrogen peroxide, which has a natural bleaching effect, and you get a tremendous teeth-whitening result.

Mix two parts baking soda with one part hydrogen peroxide (i.e., 2 tablespoons baking soda and 1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide). Stir it into a paste. Use immediately as you would toothpaste, to brush your teeth. Let the paste stand for about one minute, then rinse thoroughly with clear water until none of the paste remains.

It is important to use fresh hydrogen peroxide that has been stored in a dark cupboard because it breaks down quickly, rendering it ineffective when exposed to light. Stored this way, hydrogen peroxide is good for about six months once opened.

Apple cider vinegar and baking soda

This DIY white teeth technique is one more thing you can add to the list of unique uses for apple cider vinegar (ACV).

Mix two parts apple cider vinegar with 1 part baking soda and stir into a paste. Use this to brush your teeth. Allow to stand for a minute, then rinse well and spit it out. Rinse again.

Mouthwash

To make an effective whitening mouthwash, mix one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar (ACV) with one cup of water. Swish this around your mouth, and either spit it out or swallow it. Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is good for you, but you should always dilute ACV with water

Swish it around your mouth like a standard mouthwash, but it’s critical that after spitting out your vinegar mouthwash, you rinse your mouth thoroughly—you don’t want any residual acid wearing away enamel!

How to Use DIY White Teeth Products

You may be familiar with the saying, “Too much of a good is not good.” Essentially, that means that even things that are generally positive or enjoyable can become harmful if experienced excessively. We can apply that here.

Two to 3 times a week

Because baking soda has a slight abrasiveness, my dentist recommends limiting the use of homemade recipes containing baking soda to two or three times a week. More frequent use could potentially damage the surface of your teeth.

Once you’ve achieved a level of whiteness you’re happy with, cut back to once a week for maintenance.

Expectations

Don’t expect overnight results with these homemade solutions. It might take a week or two, so be patient.

How to Prevent Discoloration

According to the pros at Colgate Oral Care Center, these are practical steps you can take to maintain your whiter smile:

  • Avoid stain-causing foods and beverages like coffee, tea, wine, sports drinks, tomato sauce, and berries.
  • Use a straw when drinking beverages to keep the stain-causing dyes away from teeth.
  • Stop smoking. Tobacco causes discoloration and stains on teeth.

Professional care

This article is not intended to substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment. It is for information only. If you’re going to make and use DIY white teeth products, you should consult with a professional and exercise extreme caution to make certain that you’re using baking soda properly, diluting your vinegar correctly, not using it too often, and ultimately not harming your dental health.

Resources

Most households carry these essential ingredients:

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  1. Kathy says:

    Crushed strawberries are also a natural whitener. Make a paste that includes baking soda to raise the acidity, spread over the teeth with a toothbrush and let sit for 5 minutes. The malic acid in the strawberries whitens teeth. pH of Strawberries 3.00-3.90 as opposed to ACV at pH about 2-3. Regardless of which method is used don’t do it very often as either of these methods do break down tooth enamel. Generally speaking, the pH of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide is about 5.9 so it too is on the acidic side. Dilute it 50% and you can still see visible signs of whitening over time. Tooth whitening involves acids to remove the top layer of enamel–if you’re patient diluted hydrogen peroxide works the best and can be used more frequently than any of the other methods just by brushing with it.

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  2. Margaret says:

    Someone mentioned the importance of only medicinal grade peroxide. What happens if using the non-medicinal kind we can buy at a regular grocery store or Walmart, and where should we buy medicinal grade?

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    • Tami says:

      Certainly it will. Apple cider vinegar has a pH of 2-3.4. Essentially she is telling you to brush or rinse with an acid. Tooth enamel erodes at a pH of 5.6 and exposed root surfaces at 6.2.

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  3. Jhc says:

    Mary –
    Is your bright white smile achieved by using on of he recipes above ?
    I just now tried the first one – baking soda and peroxide. It was kind of watery instead of toothpaste-like so I will modify the 2:1 mix next time.

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  4. nina says:

    I had a bad discoloration issue that was so embarassing. Now I use a toothpaste with activated charcoal, the brand is called Hello and I get it at Sprout’s. I love the difference that it has made with my smile. There are other brands, too, but I have not tried them.

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  5. Sheryl says:

    This came just after I brushed my teeth this morning and was thinking…I think I’ll ask my dentist to whiten my teeth. You have probably saved me $200! Thanks so much for all your great tips. I can’t wait to start whitening my teeth myself!

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