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Cheap or Free Teeth Whitening

Updated on January 27, 2011

Why whiten your teeth?

Whitening your teeth is one of the easiest ways to take age off of your face.  When the strips first came out, I was all over them!  And then it came.  The sensitivity.  My teeth were so sensitive that I was miserable.

I have tried strips on and off over the last ten years.  The dentist even gave me some tips - like rub sensitive toothpaste on my teeth before I go to bed and then use the strips in the morning.   Didn't work.

But all of the sudden, my teeth are becoming WHITER.  

Here's what I've been doing...


No smoking.  No coffee.  No tea.  That's easy for me since I don't do those anyway.  My coup de grâce is giving up soda.  But I've done it.  Kind of.  I had ONE, but for the most part, those are gone.  They can really stain, and the ones that don't stain still eat the enamel off your teeth.  


So following the advice of Dr. Oz, I've been applying a little solution to my teeth.  I sprinkle a little baking soda in a condiment cup, then squeeze a lemon right into it.  It foams and bubbles, and then I dip a cotton ball in it and apply it to my teeth.  I leave it on a few seconds, then brush it off.  It has been working beautifully.  I only do it once a week, and I have had NO sensitivity issues.

A winning combination

I started my treatments before my soda withdrawal decision to stop drinking sodas, but I think it's the combination that has really helped me.  My husband is doing it as well, and also can see a difference after only a few weeks.

If you have trouble with commercial teeth whiteners, I would recommend giving this a whirl!  It's cheap, quick, easy, and it works!


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    • cheapsk8chick profile image

      cheapsk8chick 7 years ago

      Good luck! I have had continued success with the lemons and baking soda.

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      C'est La Vie 7 years ago from Florida

      This is a great hub! I was using white strips for a while, but because of the pain I stopped. I will definitely have to try this! Thank You!

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      cheapsk8chick 7 years ago

      Giving up the sodas is the hard part for me, too. I enjoy my little "tooth bath" with the lemon and baking soda, though. I really saw immediate results!

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      Carolyn Augustine 7 years ago from The Land of Tractors

      I am going to have to give this a try! But I'm not sure if I'm ready to give up the sodas. ;)