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How to Keep Teeth White Naturally

Updated on May 1, 2010



How to Keep Teeth White Naturally

How to Keep Teeth White Naturally

There are many effective methods of teeth whitening available, but some come with heavy price tags. Here are some steps you can take at home to whiten teeth naturally without breaking the bank.

Things You'll Need:

  • Straw

  • Toothbrush

  • Lemon Juice

  • Salt

  • Baking soda

  • Hydrogen peroxide

  • Strawberries

Step 1:

Limit your consumption of drinks that stain tooth enamel. A few of these include coffee, tea and red wine. If you simply can't cut back on these beverages, consider drinking them though a straw to limit the amount of liquid that actually comes in contact with teeth.

Step 2:

Brush your teeth immediately after eating, especially if eating foods that stain easily, such as berries.

Step 3:

Rub raw strawberries on your teeth, preferably pureed. There is an enzyme in strawberries that acts as a whitening agent. You'll want to brush and rinse after applying the strawberries to remove the natural sugars and acids they may leave behind.

Step 4:

Eat crunchy foods that require a lot of chewing such as carrots, celery, broccoli and apples. These foods are abrasive and will remove built up plaque, which dulls the appearance of teeth.

Step 5:

Dip your toothbrush directly into baking soda and brush. The results are worth the lousy taste.

Step 6:

Combine lemon juice and one teaspoon of salt to make a paste-like substance. Brush your teeth and rinse. Again, not so pleasant on the palate, but your teeth will thank you.

Step 7:

Use hydrogen peroxide to brush your teeth. Dip your toothbrush into a small capful of the peroxide and brush as you would with regular toothpaste, being careful not to swallow. Rinse with water.

- Tips -

  • Consider using one of the several whitening toothpastes on the market that have all-natural ingredients.

  • Brushing after every meal and flossing regularly are the first steps in maintaining a healthy smile.

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Importance Of Teeth

Teeth are invaluable to everyone. They enable you to cut and grind the morsel of food, which is moistened by saliva. You will have heard grown-ups tell small children to "chew the food properly" - as this makes it easier for the stomach to digest the food.

In a lifetime we are given only two sets of teeth. At birth a human baby has no teeth, but normally after six months the first teeth appear in the centre of the lower jaw. By the time the infant is two years old, he is the proud owner of a set of 20 teeth called "milk teeth". There are ten in each jaw.

At the age of six or seven years these teeth begin to fall out and are replaced with a permanent set of teeth. In addition, three more teeth, the molars, erupt on each side in the back part of the jaw.

The permanent set consists of 32 teeth, among them are the four "wisdom teeth" which are located at the back of each jaw. These wisdom teeth usually erupt during the late teens.

The 32 teeth include four incisors (these help to cut food); two cuspids or canines (tear food); four bicuspids (tear and crush food); and six molars (grind food) in each jaw.

Structure Of Tooth

The structure of the tooth is as follows: the outer layer of the tooth has a "skin" of enamel. It is mainly calcium phosphate, the hardest mineral substance in the body. Since the enamel contains no nerves, it is insensitive to pain.

Under the enamel comes the dentine, which is related to the bone. Tooth sensitivity begins here. Beneath the dentine lies the pulp, a relatively soft material containing nerves, blood vessels and cells that radiate into the dentine.

The reason why teeth do not fall out easily is because they are anchored by "cementum", a bony tissue, and thousands of fibres.

Did you know that the most common disease in the world is tooth decay? Careful brushing and careful cleaning between teeth is essential. Remember to visit the dentist twice a year.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening, also known as tooth bleaching, is a common service performed in general dentistry, especially cosmetic dentistry. Many people feel that it's necessary to have white teeth as part of a beautiful smile and are happy to pay a dentist to undergo this procedure. Over the years as people age, the white teeth they had as children will often become darker, due to changes in the mineral structure of the tooth. Tobacco use, diet and certain prescription medication can stain the teeth which will also darken thier color.

Two Main Procedures for Whitening Teeth

There are two main methods used for teeth whitening. The first method produces very quick results while the second procedure make take a couple of weeks - but involves much less risk.

The first procedure, sometimes refered to as "office bleach" uses a high concentration of oxidising agent over a short period of time. The advantage of this method is that is produces very quick results. However due to the concentration of the chemical agent being use, there is some risk involved which could cause chemical burns to the soft tissues in the mouth. In order to minimize this risk, a light-cured protective layer is applied to the gums and papilla before the bleaching agent is used on the teeth. The chemical used to bleach the teeth is usually a gel made up of carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide (up to 35%). Zoom tooth whitening is a popular in office treatment that uses light activated hydrogen peroxide gel to whiten your teeth.

The second procedure that's used for whitening the teeth uses a thin strip or mouthguard like device to hold a low concentration of oxidising agent next to the teeth. This device needs to be worn in the mouth several hours a day - for a period of 5 days up to 2 weeks. This method is referred to as the take-home or over-the-counter teeth whitening (or teeth bleaching) method. The risk involved using this procedure is considerable less because the chemical being used (hydrogen peroxide) is less than 10%.

Some risks involved with bleaching of the teeth are a temporary increase in tooth sensitivity as well as a potential for chemical burning of the soft tissues of the mouth which were mentined earlier. You should not use this procedure if you are allergic to peroxide. Tooth whitening is not recommended for children under 16 years of age as well as pregnant or lactating women.

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      no name 

      6 years ago

      need 2 tery thissssssss

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      7 years ago

      i like this thank u for ur info

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      7 years ago

      i got good info from ur site really i am be safely from germs

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      8 years ago

      just brush your teeth for 3 minutes 1 minute-outside 1minute-inside and another one totally just this is the best way to keep our teeth clean and white......................

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      sleep apnea dentist manhattan 

      8 years ago

      As my dentist told me salt and hydrogen peroxide are harmful if you have weak teeth enamel.

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      9 years ago

      ye, so nice, great. i have some other information for you,

      share with you my dear.

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      White Teeth 

      9 years ago

      Thats sounds great i will have to try it... I have a blog that I review a product that has worked great for me. Visit my blog a read my white teeth story.

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      9 years ago

      Very informative hub! I found this really cool product that you might be interested in. It's called Wine Wipes and they are disposable wipes that remove the red wine stain from you teeth and mouth! Check them out at

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      9 years ago

      Nice Tips! I had never heard about some of these before.

      Check out my hub and leave a comment back to yours...

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      10 years ago

      great article about teeth whitening. on point. you might want to check out for teeth whitening techniques.

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      10 years ago

      Pretty serious health issue. Appreciate the tips.

    • kismat profile imageAUTHOR

      kismat raval 

      10 years ago from vadodara, gujarat, india

      useful info, thanks

    • kismat profile imageAUTHOR

      kismat raval 

      10 years ago from vadodara, gujarat, india

      I'm a heavy tea and coffee drinker and it shows. I sure will use some of these tips. I've already bagged a wife so beauty may not be an issue. Thanks. -:)

    • kismat profile imageAUTHOR

      kismat raval 

      10 years ago from vadodara, gujarat, india

      Thanks for this beauty tip . But some whitening materials cause mouth ulcers and cancers be careful in choosing your dental products...

    • kismat profile imageAUTHOR

      kismat raval 

      10 years ago from vadodara, gujarat, india

      Lots of great info - well done


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