Despite what everyone believes, a bright, white smile is not very common. However, at Berkshire Family Dental in Washington DC, we understand that a perfect smile is something most people strive for. Over time, our teeth become worn, the enamel wears down, and our teeth become stained and discolored. This is due to a variety of reasons, from age and diet to lifestyle choices and certain medications. So besides our Washington DC teeth whitening treatments, what exactly can you do to get whiter teeth? Here are 5 ways to get whiter teeth at home, provided by Berkshire Family Dental:
For quite a few years, teeth whitening strips have been available in almost every drugstore. They range in price along with effectiveness and are very easy to use. However, results may take a few weeks to months, and some patients report experiencing tooth and gum sensitivity after use.
Along with over-the-counter whitening strips, other teeth whitening products are also available at most local drugstores. There are gels, toothpastes, and even mouthwashes which contain ingredients known to lighten teeth. These products can also take a few months to show results and sensitivity is also common.
Hydrogen peroxide can be found in many over-the-counter whitening products, and for most patients, they have this simple ingredient in their home. For DIY teeth whitening, combine one part baking soda and two parts hydrogen peroxide to brush teeth. Baking soda can break down enamel, so we only recommend this treatment 2-3 times per week.
Apple cider vinegar is another household item that can be mixed with baking soda for a DIY teeth whitening treatment. Don’t have baking soda? You can also use apple cider vinegar as a rinse to lighten your teeth.
For the last few years, coconut oil has gained popularity for a variety of things. And now, it may be the secret to whiter teeth. Mixing coconut oil and mashed peppermint leaves (for flavor), you swish this mixture around in the mouth. Like the other at home teeth whitening remedies, results may take awhile.
Looking for a quick, effective and pain-free way to brighten your smile? Our Washington DC dental office offers professional teeth whitening treatments that show results in just one appointment without the risk of sensitivity. Contact Berkshire Family Dental today to schedule your appointment!