If you’re like me you probably don’t have $300.00 dollars in spare change lying around for the sole purpose of getting your teeth professionally whitened, or maybe you just don’t want loads of chemicals sitting on your teeth eating away at your enamel. I try to avoid as many unnecessary chemicals as possible but that doesn’t stop me from wanting a nice, white smile. Whatever your reason may be, I have a solution and the solution is baking soda!
This quick and easy method of removing surface stains from the teeth was actually taught to me by my mother. When I was younger she would brush my teeth with baking soda once a week to keep my little pearls nice and bright, and it ended up becoming a part of my regular dental hygiene routine. It’s fairly inexpensive and effective. Let me briefly explain how this method works: because of its’ abrasive texture, baking soda will scrub away any plaque build up, and because of its’ alkaline components it will help remove surface stains. Keep in mind that this method may not be as effective for people with stains that are deeply penetrated in the teeth.
What you will need:
Small Cup or container
How to make the paste:
Mix 2 tsp of baking soda with 1 tsp of water and stir until the texture becomes a paste.
How to use the paste:
Once you’ve mixed your two ingredients together dip your toothbrush in the paste and use it to brush your teeth just like you would with toothpaste. Let the mix sit on your teeth for two to three minutes and rinse.
I use this method once every two to three weeks and I have found it to be effective for keeping surface stains off of my teeth. I’ve heard of people mixing the baking soda with lemon juice or vinegar. I personally have not tried mixing the baking soda with anything acidic but if any of you try it please feel free to let me know which method works best for you!
Total cost: 77¢
Disclaimer: Please ask your dentist before attempting any of the methods mentioned above.