Shiny, white teeth (like thick, shiny hair) is something that many people in our cosmetic-driven world desire today. I’ve tried over-the-counter teeth whitener, and have even paid my dentist to do it twice. It worked for a bit, but my teeth are sensitive so I can’t stand going regularly. And so I started looking into natural alternatives.
Turns out that with a bit of patience, you can naturally restore whiteness in your teeth. They may not get to be bright white, but they sure will look healthier! The baking soda and lemon concoction I’m about to tell you about is my favourite natural teeth whitening remedy.
How baking soda and lemon can help whiten your teeth
Baking soda shouldn’t be a shocker here. Sodium bicarbonate (its official name) is mildly abrasive, and will help to gently scrub away surface stains to return your teeth to a healthier, whiter shade.
It’s also very alkaline (the opposite of acidic), so if you have a very acidic mouth or eat a lot of acidic food, it can help balance out the pH, which would be useful as acid breaks down enamel.
The baking soda in this recipe will also help reduce the acidity of the lemon juice, which acts as a natural bleach of sorts.
How to whiten your teeth with baking soda and lemon
What you’ll need:
- Several teaspoons of baking soda
- Enough fresh lemon juice to form a paste
- A toothbrush
What to do:
- Mix the baking soda with enough lemon juice to form a paste.
- Wipe your teeth and any extra saliva off of them with a tissue or paper towel.
- Put a good amount of paste onto your toothbrush and apply.
- Leave the paste on your teeth for a minute or two, then rinse. Don’t leave the paste on longer than two minutes or the acid will affect the enamel on your teeth!