A bright smile makes a better first impression. There are many reasons for our teeth to appear dull. When occupying a public position, it is important to have a bright smile. While visiting your dentist is one option for a brighter smile, you can also achieve this with products available from the drug store or your pantry. A few common pantry staples can be valuable alternatives to expensive procedures or products.

Peroxide, baking soda and strawberries can be combined into a homemade teeth whitening solution. You may also use lemon juice, though that could make it a little too strong. Simply mix up all the ingredients together, taking care to crush the strawberries, and use it as a toothpaste. One thing you should remember, though, is that the enamel of your teeth can be eroded by all of these ingredients if you brush with them on a regular basis. All of these ingredients -lemon juice and strawberries because of their acidity, peroxide because of its harshness- can have a damaging effect if overused. So if you use this mixture, then be very sure you brush thoroughly and rinse very well afterward. To avoid any negative effects, you should only use this mixture on occasion. You could, for a limited time, use it weekly and then, when you get results, cease using it. Foods that are both crunchy and high in nutrition will help your teeth to get and stay whiter. Many fruits and vegetables, such as carrots, apples, pears, celery, etc. fall into this category. These types of foods are obviously healthy, and eating them will cause a scrubbing action on your teeth. Such foods, aside from whitening your teeth, will help take away plaque that might get stuck in between teeth. As bacteria grows and hardens in your mouth, plaque is the result, and this is one of the leading causes of many dental problems. By regularly consuming such healthy foods that make your teeth work a little, your mouth will be cleaner and healthier and your teeth will stay whiter.

Baking soda can be effective for whitening your teeth, especially when combined with other ingredients. One effective tooth whitener is made using baking soda glycerin and a dash of salt. You will want to add enough glycerin so an usable paste is formed, and then you simply brush with it. You should not, however, brush your teeth too vigorously with this solution. Baking soda and salt can, if you’re not careful harm your tooth enamel when used too often or too vigorously. So excessive use of this kind of mixture needs to be implemented with care. Remember, to explore all available options when it comes to your teeth. Be aware that allergic reactions can be avoided by knowing your body. Occasional use of these remedies is sufficient, daily use not suggested. To avoid a trip to the dentist, you need to maintain reasonable care of your tooth enamel.

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