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Inexpensive Ways To Whiten Teeth
Being an avid coffee drinker I have had a constant battle with keeping my teeth pearly-white. I do take good care of my chompers, but whitening them has always felt out of reach due to cost.
While there are some fabulous tooth whitening systems – my personal favorite being Rembrandt – it gets expensive!! Even with coupons and sales it can be pricey – a little too pricey for me to do more than once every few months. Professional whitening at the dentist is usually not covered by insurance. It always seemed like one of those luxury things, like getting my nails done, or a massage. Just not in my budget. But there ARE ways to get your teeth nice and white and keep your dental hygiene in check without breaking the bank:
- Peroxide – Rinse mouth with hydrogen peroxide ($2 or less at any drug store) like you would a regular mouthwash. If your mouth is sensitive mix it with some water. Swishing it around will cause it to foam up and get the little crevices in your mouth. Since it’s a bleach you will also see that doing this will start to whiten your teeth over time. BUT it doesn’t taste good, and swallowing it could make your throat raw (a little accidentally is ok), so use caution if you have any throat issues like ulcers.
- Baking Soda – Make a baking soda paste by dipping your wet toothbrush into some baking soda. I generally use a little dixie cup and pour about a tablespoon of baking soda in there to use, then toss the cup. Brush normally. The baking soda has a very mild abrasiveness to it that will get into those little porous areas of your teeth. The nice thing about baking soda is that it’s totally non-toxic and dissolves well.
- Lemon Juice & Salt – you can make a whitening mouthwash using 3 parts lemon juice and one part salt. Mix well and swish around. Lemon juice has acids in it which will break down stains.
- Straws – prevent a lot of stains by using straws when possible. This helps bypass the front teeth. Even for coffee and tea!
- Water – After eating or drinking anything rinse your mouth with water. I have gotten used to drinking a bottle of water after every meal. This also helps prevent tooth decay and gingivitis.
All of these remedies are easy and will cost pennies! You’ll have a sparkling smile in no time!