How to Whiten Your Teeth with Baking Soda
While some whitening procedures and products can be expensive and time-consuming, one baking ingredient can keep the money in your wallet and time on your hands: baking soda. It’s cheap and removes stains quickly and effectively and is easy to use at home during your free time. There are a few ways to prepare a proper baking soda solution, using safe household ingredients. All you really need is a toothbrush, some water, your teeth and—of course—baking soda.
What to Do and What Not to Do
The most common way to prepare baking soda for whitening is to mix the baking soda with water. If you’re ready for a brighter smile, grab your toothbrush and follow these instructions:
- Put a little baking soda in a cup or other container
- Add a little water, and mix them together until you get a paste or a blend of similar consistency. The idea is to have a ratio of about half and half, but the mixture doesn’t have to be exact.
- Dip your trusty toothbrush into the concoction and brush away for about two minutes
- When you’re done, rinse your mouth out thoroughly with cold water
A variation of this mixture is to add lime or lemon juice instead of water, but this is not recommended, since the acidic nature of the juice will undoubtedly damage your teeth.
Be careful not to brush too long or too hard because baking soda tends to be abrasive and can wear away some of your protective enamel. Also, don’t use this procedure too often for the same reasons. To be safe, limit use to about one or two times a week. If you have braces or a permanent retainer, then do not use baking soda for whitening. Baking soda can steadily remove orthodontic glue, causing loose or removed brackets as well as permanent retainers. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your teeth.
For Better Taste
If the taste is intolerable for your taste buds, go ahead and mix a little toothpaste into your mixture. There are also concoctions of baking soda and a single strawberry, which may improve the taste, but add a little time to your whitening. In this procedure:
- Crush a strawberry until reduced to pulp
- Mix some baking soda into the pulp until completely blended
- Use a toothbrush to gently spread the concoction on your teeth and let it sit for about five minutes
- After five minutes, brush your teeth with your usual toothpaste and rinse thoroughly
While this procedure is different from the first, it’s still a good idea to limit your use to one or two times a week. If used too often, your teeth may develop a sensitivity to hot or cold foods. Now, go on and get that dazzling smile. Just remember to be safe and smart about what you put on your teeth.