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April 23rd, 2010

Baking Soda Tooth Whitening

In every place we go, the importance of oral hygiene as well as the need of the dazzling smile is being sought after. One thing that you first notice when you meet someone new is his teeth and smile. It seems that the only way of ensuring a fantastic smile is through undergoing a bleaching procedure at an office of a dentist.

But if you want to cut out the expense as well as the harsh chemicals, you can make a baking soda toothpaste for natural teeth whitening at home. Brushing with baking soda alone is a little unpleasant but highly effective. Dentists frequently recommend it. However, if you like a homemade solution which does not taste unpleasant and at the same time keeps the breath fresh, then you can try this recipe at home. It is an inexpensive home solution to get whiter teeth without spending a fortune. If you want to try this, the two things you will need are the following.

Hydrogen peroxide. This substance, which can be bought at a drug store, does the real teeth whitening. You should look for a 2 percent or 3 percent solution here, but not higher than 3 percent because it can damage the teeth. As the hydrogen peroxide enters the enamel of the teeth, it reacts chemically with the colored molecules therein, which cause the teeth to look more yellow. As the stains broke down, only the colorless byproducts remain.

Baking soda. This is an abrasive stuff and is pretty hard, which can be used to give the teeth a good scrubbing. The teeth are harder than baking soda, thus you do not have to worry about doing damage as long as you do not brush every day with it. Baking soda kills off certain microorganisms and neutralizes some types of acid. With baking soda, the risk of developing mouth disease as well as the formation of plaque decreases.

Through mixing several drops of hydrogen peroxide with a large pile of baking soda, a pasty mixture can be created. You can use this to brush your teeth the same way you have normally do. After you brush with this mixture, you should rinse your mouth well with water.

Remember that the mixture of baking soda produces a slight abrasion to the enamel. Thus to give the enamel the necessary protection it needs, brushing your teeth with the regular toothpaste with numerous fluoride is required.

Maintain doing this regularly but not every day and you will notice your teeth get whiter in the next few weeks.

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February 15th, 2010

Home Tooth Whitening Explored

If you have stained or discolored teeth you may like to consider home teeth whitening.  Home teeth whitening has the advantage of being inexpensive and relatively easy to use. There are several different methods that you can try to whiten your teeth at home.  Most methods fall into one of two categories.  Home teeth whitening kits or natural techniques to whiten teeth.

Home Teeth Whitening Kit
With both categories of teeth whitening you need to know what the dangers are of whitening your teeth at home.  If you choose to buy a home teeth whitening kit you have to be careful that you apply it exactly as the instructions suggest.  A common problem that may occur when using a home teeth whitening kit is insufficient application of the product resulting in patchy results.  This occurs when the whitening gel is not applied evenly to the teeth.  Another reason why you may end up with blotchy white patches is because you do not allow the gel to dry completely on the teeth which means the saliva in your mouth washes off some of the whitening agent.

The second problem that occurs with home teeth whitening kits is increased sensitivity and irritated gums.  The whitening agent used in most teeth whitening kits is carbamide peroxide.  When this chemical comes into contact with your gums it will cause irritation as it is not supposed to touch your gums.  Another cause of increased sensitivity is leaving the teeth whitening agent on your teeth for too long.  One thing you need to be careful of when you buy a home tooth whitening kit is how high the percentage of peroxide is in the product. The higher the percentage the greater the risk of sensitivity and irritation.

Natural Teeth Whitening
Another way that you can whiten your teeth at home is to use natural methods. Natural methods are not without their own risks. Many people think that just because a technique is natural it is completely safe. This is not the case with tooth whitening. Many techniques that can be read about online involves the application of highly acidic fruits which with increased and consistent use errode the enamel of your teeth.  Other methods involve the use of hydrogen peroxide or baking soda.  Both  are safe in small doses but if used incorrectly or too often can result in irritated gums and damaged tooth enamel.  You must make sure that you do your research before whitening your teeth yourself and make sure you follow all instructions.

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