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white teeth: the natural way

Updated on February 6, 2012

With today's culture so fixated on youth and how it pertains to perceived beauty, how to get white teeth is a question that cannot be ignored. In addition to the natural aging process, the brightness of a smile can be significantly tarnished by poor dental hygiene, too many cups of coffee, cigarette smoking, and red wine. These are the most common factors. Discolored teeth can also be a sign of a more serious problem, such as bulimia (the constant presence of stomach acid due to vomiting will erode the enamel), and vitamin deficiency. With most public water supplies fortified with fluoride, most of us are well equipped to reverse the damage to our pearly whites that has been done, and restore the brightness of our smile, as well as our confidence.

For those who want to know how to get white teeth, there are many options available to us as consumers today. If the stains on your teeth are surface discolorations, the tooth polishing that is part of a regular dental check-up may be the easiest answer. If the stains are deeper and more resistant to gentle buffing, many professional dentists offer in-office whitening procedures that are safe, rapid, and very effective. They could be a blue-light laser technique, or a professionally molded tray which contains a full-strength whitening solution for use in the comfort of your own home.

Of course, not all insurance companies will pay for such procedures. Fortunately for most, there are other options that would be more budget friendly available in most drugstores. There are a multitude of tooth-whitening aids available to the savvy consumer. Most toothpaste brands tout some form of whitening along with their cavity-fighting and breath-freshening capabilities, but you will also find a plethora of pre-brush rinses, mouthwashes, and the ever present strips and gels available for your tooth whitening needs.

For those who dislike the idea of spending any money at all, there are some natural home remedies that have had effectiveness as tooth whitening aids for centuries, and they may be worth checking into. Simple baking soda, a staple in most homes, is the active ingredient in many toothpaste varieties that claim tooth whitening as a benefit. Simply sprinkle baking soda on a damp toothbrush, or dip a wet toothbrush into a box of baking soda designated for that purpose. Brush teeth gently, concentrating on the front section, as it is the most likely to show up when you smile. Be careful not to overuse this technique- baking soda is a meat tenderizer, and as such can be painful to the gums of those with sensitive teeth. Cut back on use as needed until you find a frequency that is right for you.

Another simple home remedy that has long been known as a secret as to how to get white teeth is the use of hydrogen peroxide as a mouth rinse. Hydrogen peroxide is a bleaching agent, and is used by dentists in a much stronger concentration than over the counter hydrogen peroxide, but when used regularly, it has been shown to be effective in the war against yellowing.

By following these simple tricks, you will be well on your way to a whiter, brighter smile in no time.


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