August 30, 2010

Dental Tooth Whitening with Baking Soda

Posted in Category : Natural Cures

Human teeth are naturally white in color. This is the color of the enamel which is the upper hard coating of the teeth. A healthy person would generally have bright white teeth. It is possible that some habits might cause the teeth to lose their color. Regular consumption of tea may cause brownish stains on the teeth. Smoking also tends to discolor the teeth. There are also some medical conditions that can cause the teeth to appear slightly yellow. People often go to clinics to get their teeth cleaned. There are also some useful home remedies for this.

One can use hydrogen peroxide home teeth whitening or baking soda teeth whitening techniques in the comfort of your home to whiten the teeth. Hydrogen peroxide is a mild acid and using it at home should not cause any problems if it is used carefully. Hydrogen peroxide solutions can be found at the local drug store. The concentration is typically between 2.5% and 10%. It is usually recommended to try a lighter concentration when one is experimenting with hydrogen peroxide. The solution of hydrogen peroxide can be mixed with baking soda to make a paste. This paste can be applied using a dedicated toothbrush that is different to the normal toothbrush used. The paste can then be brushed carefully on the teeth. It is important to avoid aggressive brushing and avoid contact with the gums as this will cause burning. If the gums do get exposed and begin to bleed, one should rinse out the paste immediately. It is also not safe to swallow this paste.

A dental tooth whitening procedure at the dentist’s clinic is likely to use a similar formulation of paste. The advantage of going to a dentist over choosing from baking soda hydrogen peroxide teeth whitening techniques is that the dentist has a good view of the teeth and can specifically clean the dirty teeth. The dentist also has grinding tools which can scrape off a small layer of the enamel which is stained. Therefore, for extreme cases of tooth discoloration, it is recommended to visit a dentist. One should also try and understand the cause of the tooth discoloration if it is extreme. If there is a mild discoloration, one can simply try the home remedy once a week and notice the difference over a period of time. One should thoroughly rinse the mouth after using the baking soda hydrogen peroxide paste as it should be completely cleared out of the oral cavity.