Just about anyone wouldn’t mind a whiter smile, but the cost of professional teeth whitening can sometimes be prohibitive. The first step to clean teeth is always to maintain good oral hygiene overall. That means regular dental checkups, twice-daily brushing, and flossing at night. But there are a few at-home teeth whitening solutions that offer a brighter smile at a fraction of the cost. Before you buy one of those expensive whitening kits at the drugstore, give these methods a try.
- Baking Soda Paste. Mix three tablespoons of baking soda with enough water to form a thick paste. Using a toothbrush, apply the paste to your teeth and let sit for two to three minutes before rinsing.
- Charcoal. Using activated charcoal from a food or medical grade source, mix one teaspoon of charcoal powder with water and rinse your mouth with the mixture. Spit the water out, but leave the remaining charcoal in your mouth for a few minutes before brushing your teeth with toothpaste.
- Coconut Oil. Before you eat breakfast, put a teaspoon of coconut oil in your mouth, allow it to melt down a bit, and swish it around your mouth, being sure to force it through the spaces between your teeth. Continue doing this as you get ready for work, up to 20 minutes. Afterward, brush your teeth normally.
Although the results won’t be as sudden or dramatic as professional teeth whitening, over time these at-home strategies can make a big difference. Still, no amount of whitening will remedy cavities or more advanced decay. Make an appointment with a dental professional at Modern Dentistry to get a full checkup or to learn more about professional teeth whitening options. A worker’s compensation dentist on our team can also assist with a job-related dental injury.