Teeth Whitening at Home

Jan 8, 2021 | Dental Information

While plenty of dentists offer teeth whitening services, there are plenty of products out there that let you do so from the comfort of home.

Oil Pulling

A traditional Indian folk remedy, oil pulling is meant to improve oral hygiene and remove toxins. It involves swishing oil in your mouth to remove bacteria; sunflower or sesame oil has been traditionally used, but any oil can work. Coconut oil is popular due to the pleasant taste and numerous health benefits.

Although no scientific studies have proven that oil pulling whitens teeth, it is worth a try and plenty of people swear by it.

Brush with Baking Soda

With natural whitening properties, it is no surprise that baking soda is a popular ingredient in many toothpastes. As a mild abrasive, it is ideal to help scrub away surface stains on teeth and helps prevent bacteria growth by creating an alkaline environment. While it will not work overnight, you will definitely see the difference over time.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is effective as a natural bleaching agent, with a specialty in killing bacteria. Although no studies have looked into the effect of hydrogen peroxide on its own, there have been several into toothpaste containing peroxide.

However, it should be noted that, if not diluted correctly, peroxide can cause gum irritation and tooth sensitivity. If you do use peroxide, look for the average concentration of 3%; this can be easily diluted to 1.5% with equal parts peroxide and water.

Fruits and Vegetables

Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is incredibly good for your body and teeth. Although no substitute for standard brushing, they can help rub plaque away; it is claimed that strawberries mixed with baking soda and pineapples (specifically the enzyme bromelain) may help rub away plaque, although there is no concrete proof.

Preventing Tooth Stains

Although teeth naturally yellow with age, you can prevent stains from forming. Limit foods and beverages that cause staining like coffee, red wine, dark berries, and soda. It is also recommended to limit sugar intake, as studies have found that sugar promotes the growth of plaque-causing bacteria. Plenty of calcium can also work wonders.

Do Not Underestimate Brushing and Flossing

Keeping up with regular brushing and flossing can help keep your teeth white via reducing bacteria and preventing plaque build-up. Toothpaste gently rubs out stains, while flossing removes plaque-causing bacteria. Naturally, getting regular dental cleanings also helps. Serving the Sarnia region, Slipacoff Dental Centre is your go-to family dentist. We provide a wide range of dental services, including teeth whitening, while our welcoming and informative staff are dedicated to not only putting you at ease and making your visit as comfortable as possible. For more information on our services, call 519-542-5658 or email us at [email protected].