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Frugal Ways To Whiten Teeth And Get A Sparkling Smile

Updated on May 29, 2009

There are professional dental products and dental services that will whiten teeth fast and efficently. These tend to be very expensive but, If you have the money, go for it as nothing over the counter can top what your dentist can do for teeth whitening. But, if you are looking for more frugal, affordable ways to get a brighter smile then skip over the expensive teeth whitening treatments.

Teeth whitening products bought in the grocery or drug stores are generally great products to try. These range from whitening gels that go in trays, to whitening strips applied directly to the teeth. Some of them cause sensitivity so pick and choose carefully. Teeth whitening toothpastes seem to be a little overrated for effectiveness, but if your looking long term, they can be your best bet for maintaining a whiter smile after doing a whitening system.

If even those are out of your budget, here are some frugal ways to get a bright, white smile.

White Teeth
White Teeth

Hydrogen Peroxide Mouthwash

Using a bottle of regular hydrogen peroxide (look for 3% hydrogen peroxide do not use a higher strength as it could strip the enamel off your teeth -see label) rinse your mouth with it once a week. Use your toothbrush to brush your teeth in circular motion with the hydrogen peroxide mouthwash, spit out, do not swallow.

The HP will not only whiten your teeth by removing stains, it will also kill bacteria, kill bad breath, strengthen your teeth, heal canker sores. Also can be used to disinfect your toothbrush to remove bacteria from the bristles. (Do not use if you have mercury amalgam fillings) Do not use Hydrogen Peroxide too often. Along with killing the bad bacteria, it will also kill the good bacteria that you do want in your mouth.

Baking Soda Whiten Teeth Video

Baking Soda Mouth Paste

Baking soda can be used as a paste to polish away surface stains and will get into the pores of the teeth a bit to pull out those stains as well. Do not use to often as regular use can also damage the outer enamel. 2 to 3 times a month is best.

To make, mix a small amount of baking soda in a dish with a little water. Enough to just make a paste. Or, Dip a wet SpinBrush into the baking soda and begin lightly polishing for a minute or so. Do not push to hard or you may damage the enamel. Spit out, rinse the tooth brush and begin polishing again with what is left in the mouth. Repeat until you no longer taste the baking soda.

The Over The Counter Teeth Whiteners

I always use Crest Pro Health Toothpaste. It seems to make my smile look better then anything else I've tried plus the teeth sensitivity I was experiencing prior to using is completely gone. It not only promote whiter teeth, it also is awesome for getting rid of bad breath.

Of all the whiter teeth strips I've tried, the Crest Whitestrips Pro Effects,10-Day has been the best and I completely recommend it if you are not into indoor tanning. If you do tan, my current favorite that I will be using for now on is the Twilight Teeth Teeth Whitener. I had results right away and only had to use it 4 times to get what I was looking for.

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