Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Natural and Cheap Teeth Whitener

Incredibly white teeth have become the standard in our society. Most of these pearly whites are achieved by caps or hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide, although effective, is not really safe. It can damage and destroy your gums and teeth.

If you’re looking for a safer alternative to brighten your teeth, you can try this simple trick from Dr. Mercola:

"Crush one ripe strawberry and mix it with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. Spread the mixture onto your teeth and leave on for five minutes. Brush your teeth with a little toothpaste (non-flouride, of course) and rinse.

This natural mixture works because of the malic acid it contains, which acts as an astringent to remove some of the surface discoloration on your teeth. Though this method is perfectly safe to use on occasion, don’t use it too often (no more than once a week) because the acid could potentially damage your tooth enamel."

My research also turned up a few other suggestions:

* Orange rind. Rub the inside of orange rind on your teeth.
* Crushed walnut. I can't tell how you're are supposed to use it.
* Wood ash - from your fireplace. You brush your teeth with it.
* Lemon juice. Rinse, brush, soak.
* Dried and powdered bay leaves with dried orange peel.
* A drop of clove oil added to your toothpaste.
* Rubbing the bark of a walnut tree on your teeth.

Of course, you can just avoid foods that stain. Then brush and floss your teeth very regularly and well.

I can't wait to try all (well, most) of these. Let me know what works for you.

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