Get Pearly White Teeth with None of the Risks!
American’s love having pearly white teeth and spend approximately 1.4 Billion dollars on tooth whitening products yearly. Why?
In part, it’s because brilliant white teeth have become synonymous with inner beauty and radiant health. Plus there’s astigmatism placed on yellow teeth. Ew gross, right?
However even with all that money spent on whitening, ninety percent of the population has what’s classified by dentist’s as A3; a rather dingy shade of yellow. Many tooth staining drinks contribute to yellowing such as red wine, tea, coffee, soda’s, and fruit juices. Aging also influences the color of your teeth, as collagen formation wanes and enamel’s wear thin. The use of antibiotics in childhood can also influence the shade of your teeth later in life.
All that said, most people seek out the top-rated whitening products/systems to keep their pearly’s white! Whether you buy the strips or the trays, the active ingredient is usually hydrogen peroxide. Most home kits come with a 0.10 percent hydrogen peroxide but some may contain as much as 0.50 percent. Hydrogen peroxide works by penetrating the enamel and oxidizing stains below the surface. But are they safe? Even though most dentist's agree that they ARE safe if used correctly, there are still risks involved! Let's examine a few...
Hidden Risks of Home Whitening Products
Whitening gels and strips are not regulated by the FDA.
Although strips and trays do work temporarily, bleach is not permanent. If you overuse them, they can wear away the enamel and actually contribute to yellow teeth later on in life.
If trays or strips are applied incorrectly, hydrogen peroxide can burn the gums and cause bleeding and sensitivity.
Some people are SO dead set on having pearly white teeth, that they become addicted to the process and the products that make it possible.
If you accidentally ingest a significant amount of the hydrogen peroxide gel, it can burn the lining in the throat and gut.
*Some DIY home kits boast 'no hydrogen peroxide', so you may be fooled into thinking they’re safer for your teeth. The problem is that the manufacturer is probably using carbamide peroxide, which turns to hydrogen peroxide when mixed with saliva.
*Some DIY whitening gels contain chlorine dioxide, which is the same stuff people add to their pools to keep their water clear. This won’t be listed as an ingredient either and the results from using it over time can devastate your smile! Chlorine can disintegrate the enamel, causing irreparable damage and in some circumstances, the loss of teeth.
All in all, that sounds like a HUGE risk for something that doesn’t give long lasting results! So what’s the answer?
The answer is to go back to your roots and use natural methods to whiten your teeth! You’ll be getting pearly white teeth without those pesky risks!
One method in particular outshines all the other methods! Why? Because this method uses strawberries, which contain an abundant amount of malic acid; a powerful stain-fighter and tooth whitener!
Using Strawberries to Get Pearly White Teeth
What You’ll Need
OTC 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
1/2 teaspoon Baking soda (or more)
*If strawberries are NOT in season, buy frozen and just guestimate! (Remember to allow them to thaw thoroughly!)
*Buy organic strawberries when they're available to avoid possible molding and a plethora of pesticides on the fruit.
Swish your teeth with a small amount (1 Tablespoon) of straight hydrogen peroxide for 2 minutes. DO NOT swallow! Rinse your mouth thoroughly afterward.
Mash the strawberry and mix with the baking soda to form a paste. Brush the mixture onto your teeth (using a soft brush toothbrush) and allow it to stay for 5 minutes. Rinse well. You can stop at this point or go one step further and dip your toothbrush into the baking soda and brush for an additional two minutes. Rinse well.
Repeat once a week at the most.
*You can substitute lemon for the strawberry but do be aware that citrus acid is far more potent than malic acid and can break down the soft enamel faster.
*You can store leftovers in the frig but do be aware that the mixture will probably turn brown but it should still be OK to use!
And you WILL have to do regular maintenance to have pearly white teeth but it’s a WHOLE helluva lot cheaper to use and a TON safer than those tooth whitening products you can buy! Hopefully, you’ll be saving so much money, you won’t even care!
Always consult your physician before using natural remedies, especially for anyone with preexisting conditions or anyone currently taking prescription medications. Although many efforts are made to ensure that the advice given on this site is professionally sound, the advice is not intended to replace a mutual relationship with a medical provider.
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