Monday, November 23, 2009

Trina's Tips: Whiter Teeth

without breaking the bank!

If you're unsatisfied with your smile and are looking for a cheap and healthy way to get that brighter, whiter smile, you probably already have all the ingredients that you need right under your nose! Even the biggest names in the entertainment industry, such as Julia Roberts, use this method for a quick and easy way to get those pearly whites you desire!

This hassle free tooth whitening method is very easy. The ingredients are hydrogen peroxide (2%-3%), usually the ones found in drug stores, and baking soda. When the two are mixed they cause a chemical reaction.

The hydrogen peroxide produces oxygen and water during which it begins to foam. The foaming action kills bacteria in very hard to reach places as well as break down film that may be growing on your teeth. Just rinsing with peroxide alone also produces this effect and allows your toothpaste to be more effective when brushing afterwards.

Baking soda, which can be mildly abrasive, also kills micro-organisms that can cause mouth and gum disease. Baking soda also neutralizes acid and can prevent the damaging stuff from developing on your teeth and gums, plaque is one example. Although baking soda can be mildy abrasive, it is a great way to scrub your teeth with no damage but should be used in moderation. This method should not be used everyday, but 2 to 3 times a week can begin to show amazing results.

Start off with a dixie cup. Pour in a tiny bit of peroxide and add a teaspoon of baking soda. Mix the composite with your toothbrush to make a paste. Brush the paste onto your teeth and leave on teeth for a minute.

If you feel any pain or begin to see white developments on your gums, do not fear. Although it may be a sign of gum disease and gingivitis, it may be normal and will go away when the balance in your mouth returns to normal. You would have the same effect if you used white strips of any other tooth whitening product as these products contain the same ingredients and may leak over onto the gums.

When used over a period of time, you should see spectacular results! Seeing that we are all affected by the recession in one way or another, this should not be something to have to spend up to $30 on during your necessity shopping.

A utensil that may be one of the best things to use for whiter, healthier teeth is the straw! As simple as this may seem, straws prevent what your drinking to make as much contact with your teeth as it would without a straw. We all know how juices contain dyes that may discolor teeth along time. Coffee and tea are also teeth stainers. Many people use coffee for the natural staining effect to dye hair, just imagine the discoloration it may cause your teeth over time.

Although straws can cause some wrinkles along your lips...and we all hate wrinkles, it can help in maintaining the health of your teeth by preventing contact with stains, dyes, and sugars in juices. Lemons and other citrus fruits, such as Limes, contain a lot of acids that lead to decay and soften tooth enamel. It is advised to stay away from direct contact of lemons or limes onto your teeth.

Also remember to floss regularly, and scrape your tongue. Nasty germs may develop on your tongue that could spread and cause gross stuff to start developing on your teeth.



  1. I have a stinkin' crown on my front tooth... so I think I could afford to whiten a bit but then I would have to have the crown replaced! Grrr... what's up with that hey?! I am going to have to look into it though because I want a whiter smile!

  2. Thanks Katrina for this amazing tip! I've always wanted to have my teeth whitened but I don't have the budget for it.

  3. Thanks for the amazing tips! Its really appreciated xoxo

  4. You're all welcome! This is a really great tip..I thank my dentist every time I see him!

  5. OK THIS was very informative Kat!! I loved this post. Aren't you ever so fabulous and helpful??

    I LOVE this blog. I know you put alot of work into it, Keep it up!!

  6. Thanks for the post, I've been using this method for the last 4 years (Dentist recommended it to me to).

  7. I think it is safe to say that everyone aspires for sparkling white teeth. It is achievable with the help of advance treatments nowadays.

  8. I used baking soda and it did work, so I tried it on my younger siblings once but I only used a little sprinkling with their normal toothpaste and it made the hideous yellow stains go away. They are more careful with their teeth now.


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