Is whitening your theet at home safe? We tell you everything you need to know!

If you want to have more white teeth, do it the right way to keep your theeth healthy!

Who doesn't want a white smile? On the internet there are thousands of easy recipes to improve the tone of the teeth, but they are not always the healthiest solution. In some people, the teeth become duller over time and this is due to the consumption of some foods or to having bad hygiene habits, so they look for quick results with bad remedies on the web. 

Why do teeth turn yellow?

The teeth yellow over time. The reason is that under the enamel there is a pale brown substance called dentin, which can become more visible when the enamel thins, something that is usually common in people of a certain age.

Although it is a natural and unavoidable process, many factors speed it up, including:

Some of these factors are unavoidable and others depend on our habits and we can alleviate them with good oral hygiene and by limiting the consumption of substances that we know are harmful.

Most recipes contain abrasive ingredients like lemon, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide that weaken tooth enamel (the outermost layer of teeth). The change in color that we observe with the homemade recipe is due to the loss of enamel each time the whitening is performed and it is important to note that the enamel doesn't regenerate. 

The color of the teeth is due to the ‘dentin’ (layer under the tooth enamel) and when you do teeth whitening at home, we don't get to do it the right way, it just dangers your health.

Home remedies to whiten teeth at home

 Sodium bicarbonate is a product that has multiple applications in the domestic sphere, both in the kitchen, for cleaning, or in its medical use. We mix a teaspoon of baking soda with two teaspoons of water and brush our teeth with the mixture several times a week. After several weeks, we will begin to notice its whitening effect.

Hydrogen peroxide, a disinfectant that has antibacterial and bleaching properties, which is why it is used in many commercial products for this purpose. 

The usual way to use it is in the form of a mouthwash. To do this, we will dilute it with water until we obtain a 1.5% solution since in pharmacies and shops it is usually sold in a concentration that ranges from 3 to 5% and it has been proven that in high concentrations it can inflame the gums. 

It will be enough to mix a part of water with hydrogen peroxide. It can also be combined with bicarbonate or baking soda to make homemade toothpaste, although its use should be limited to a few times a week as it erodes tooth enamel a lot.

This is a less common ingredient than the previous two, but it has the advantage of being natural, without any type of contraindication, and is relatively easy to find in specialized stores. It is a remedy used by Ayurvedic medicine for dental hygiene for its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Simply put a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth and move it between your teeth for five minutes.

Fruits are essential in our diet, and some of them have properties that contribute to the hygiene of our teeth. Strawberry, for example, has bleaching properties due to its content of malic acid. 

Citrus fruits, and especially the peel of oranges and lemons, are very beneficial in this regard, although, due to their high acidity, which can damage the enamel, it is advisable to rinse your mouth after using them. Banana, which is rich in potassium, magnesium, and manganese, also removes yellow tint from teeth. You just have to peel a ripe banana and rub your teeth with the inside of the peel for about two minutes. After three weeks, the teeth will be white.

Warnings about the use of these remedies:

All whitening products to some extent or another erode tooth enamel. For this reason, they must be used with caution, spaced and progressively, always paying attention to symptoms such as sensitivity to cold or sweets, which may indicate a thinning of the enamel layer.

In any case, these home remedies are not only inexpensive, but also have the great advantage of not containing chemical additives and are less harmful to the health and well-being of the enamel than most commercial products.

How to get whiter teeth in a healthy way?

 - Putting yourself in the hands of professionals is the best remedy for teeth whitening.
 -Have a strict dental hygiene, avoid drinking coffee and foods with powerful colorants.

Constanza De Sousa

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