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Monday, November 18, 2013

Whiter Teeth, Brighter Smile

Want whiter, healthier teeth? You’re in luck – there are many at-home and in-office remedies that you can try to enhance your smile!

One way to naturally whiten your teeth is with a banana peel![1] Rub the inside of the banana peel on your top teeth for one minute and then on your bottom teeth for one minute. Set a timer for 10 minutes, and leave banana paste on your teeth. After 10 minutes, brush banana paste with a dry toothbrush, and then brush with a wet toothbrush. We’ve heard that if you do repeat this routine every day for one week, your teeth will be whiter!

178811585 You can also do-it-yourself and make your own whitening paste at home, but make sure you consult your dentist before you do so in order to do it safely. All you need is baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and a mouthguard. Mix two parts baking soda with one part hydrogen peroxide, fill the guard with the paste, and wear for 10 minutes.[2] Surprisingly, strawberries also make for a good whitening agent. Crush fresh strawberries and mix them with baking soda, and spread the mixture on your teeth for 5 minutes. The malic acid in strawberries is a natural whitener.[3]

There are also several options for whitening at the dentist’s office as well, if you would like a longer-lasting whitening option. You may have heard of the brands that dentists use, such as BriteSmile, Venus, and Zoom whitening systems. During these procedures, a hydrogen peroxide whitening gel is applied to your teeth over the course of an hour. Several of these procedures also include shining a strong light on your teeth to accelerate the whitening process. These whitening procedures usually whiten your teeth by several shades.

Do you have your own methods of keeping your teeth white and your mouth healthy? Tell us in the comments, and make sure to schedule your next dental check-up through Brighter.com! A dentist can help you choose the best methods to keep your smile bright and white.








[1] Missy. "Will a Banana Peel Whiten Your Teeth?" Babble. Babble.com, 11 Nov. 2013. Web. 18 Nov. 2013. <http://www.babble.com/beauty/will-a-banana-peel-whiten-your-teeth-plus-7-at-home-teeth-whitening-products/the-results/>.




[2] "Printable DIY Teeth Whitener." My Honeys Place. My Honeys Place, n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2013. <http://myhoneysplace.com/printable-diy-teeth-whitener/>.




[3] Gardner, Amanda. "Best and Worst Foods for Your Teeth." ABC News. ABC News Network, 02 May 2013. Web. 18 Nov. 2013. <http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Wellness/best-worst-foods-teeth/story?id=19085884>.