There is no doubt that having white teeth is the aim of many more of us these days and celebrities lead the way with their red carpet smiles.
More often at our Watford dental care, we are being asked about teeth whitening cost and treatment.
We also aim to offer the finest tooth whitening treatment in Watford to our patients, who come to us to achieve their gleaming white smiles.
But as well as achieving great new white smiles we have all heard of horror stories where people have lost the enamel on their teeth by whitening them incorrectly. And then there are those who want to use natural methods to whiten their teeth.
The first thing to realise is that you cannot rush at it. Impatient though you might be, always make sure that you are doing the right thing for your teeth.
There are many things you can do to whiten your teeth naturally but none of these will be achieved overnight.
1. Oil pulling
This favourite solution for naturally whitening teeth has the advantage. This is not a treatment for the impatient. It involves swishing oil around your mouth for 20 minutes at a time. If you use coconut oil, tooth decay risk will fall and all oil is very good for gum health.
2. Baking soda
Some think that baking soda is too abrasive but recent studies have found it is pretty soft. The focus will be on the front teeth as the powder combines with saliva, but be gentle with it. This is going to be a marathon, not a sprint.
Clay can be very soft and not abrasive but will give a good polish.
White kaolin clay, has a high score from research into its ‘Cleaning Efficiency’. While any clay will be OK, white kaolin clay is the best. Again focus on front teeth while the clay mixes with the saliva.
4. Activated charcoal
Activated charcoal is a popular home alternative for teeth whitening. Opinion is mixed on this but it makes sense that activated charcoal would draw stains out of teeth. Activated charcoal is often taken for food poisoning, but use it sparingly maybe and for a maximum of 2 weeks to whiten your teeth
5. Dilute hydrogen peroxide
Surely not the same stuff that is the baddie in home whitening kits? Yes it is but the devil is in the detail. Use hydrogen peroxide to support your teeth whitening efforts, but do use it at a low concentration - nothing higher than a concentration of 1% (max 1.5%).
We should also mention powdered turmeric as a natural tooth whitener. Maximising your natural whitening effort by combining strategies.
It makes a lot of sense to combine two or more of these natural whitening treatments to give your teeth the maximum whitening effect.