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My mom told me that you can dip your wet tooth brush into a bottle of peroxide, then brush your teeth with it. Over time, your teeth will become much whiter. Just don't swallow the peroxide. I have found that it works after about a week of daily use. The bottle of peroxide only costs .99 at most drug and food stores.
By McCollonough from TN
I had a date with my dentist today and asked him about something I read on ThriftyFun. He said never use the hydrogen peroxide full-strength in your mouth. Said full-strength it is damaging to tissue. He said to dilute Hydrogen Peroxide to one part Hydrogen Peroxide and 2 parts water. I tried it full-strength a couple of times, but rinsing out after caused pain so I think I'll take his advice.
BTW, Hydrogen Peroxide foamed inside my mouth, as it's supposed to. It felt weird. Google the subject to get more opinions.
By Chuck from OH
Just put a 1 teaspoon of salt over your toothbrush. Brush your teeth, your tongue and gums for 1 minute and gargle with water. You will have a stronger and whiter teeth!
Be sure to use rock salt.
When using Crest Whitestrips (and using their $7.00 coupon, of course), don't throw away the little whitening part that doesn't peel off. Instead, use scissors to cut it to fit your teeth, then apply as usual. You can get 50% more use out of the strips this way!
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How do I whiten teeth?
By peter from Washington, UK
I have had good luck using the Arm & Hammer Whitening Booster. It's sold near the toothpaste in stores.
Baking soda and peroxide. Mix into a paste. Brush with this prior to brushing with tooth paste. Drink coffee, tea and all dark sodas thru a straw as it will not get on front of the teeth this way.
Crest white strips work beautifully. You will have to invest some money at first, but they last a long time. They are easy to use and work great. I had mine professionally done and it didn't last at all. Now I use the Crest strips every few weeks for a few days. You don't have to use them every day, just a few days at a time.
Try brushing with a paste of baking soda and water. You will have to get used to the taste but after a while you get used to it.
Plus White is the brand (12 bucks) and there's a lot of uses in one tube
Dull dingy teeth from smoking or drinking coffee (gone in 5 minutes).
I just found an old almanac that said Rose of Sharon (also known as hibiscus or althea) will whiten your teeth "like a miracle". But it didn't say what part of the plant to use or how to use it. Has anyone ever heard of this? Does anyone know how it works? The whitening products you buy from the store don't work very well. I've got a yard full of these shrubs, I'd certainly like to try it.
Joan from Chesapeake, VA
Well, being a dental hygienist, let me offer some tips to get your smile up to the blinding level. Whitening techniques tend to fall into two groups: one, the abrasive camp, the baking soda/ pumice/ charcoal/ oystershell/and so on. You can rub some baking soda or 'whitening' toothpaste into your teeth with a little bit on a damp washcloth, so that you can get some pressure, and use it like a pencil eraser on visible stains. Come to think of it, some have tried a pencil eraser or the old typewriter eraser (too harsh). Most of what's in the stores is abrasive mode. The second group is the peroxide group, 'bleaching' with oxygen microbubbles (there's no Chlorox in it, that would be toxic and not helpful). The brush-on products are weak and not in contact with your teeth long enough to work at all. The strips are great, can be used daily, will remove deeper stains into the surface, contain effective concentrations of carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide (the carbamide gel lasts longer).
Does anyone have an advice about teeth whitening with benzoyl peroxide?
Monica from Kailua Kona Hawaii
My dentist suggested using the hydrogen peroxide because it is a lot cheaper ... also the label says: for use as a gargle and rinse on the bottle.
I am not familiar with benzoyl peroxide. Check with your dentist if you are in doubt.
I leave a small residue of toothpast in my mouth after brushing and add just a little bit of peroxide and it foams up ... you may have to spit some of the foam out. Keep it in your mouth for a minute, then rinse.
Helps to remove stains on the cheap!
I have barely any enamel on my teeth. And I brush my teeth every morning and right after I shower (which is when I get home from school). I heard banana peels whiten your teeth so I've been using that, but my mom said it only works for people with enamel on their teeth. Is that true?
By Sara B
I suggest you use the toothpaste called ProEnamel by Sensodyne. You want to preserve the enamel on your teeth. Forget about the banana peels and whitening your teeth with home remedies. You could seriously damage your teeth.
Also - if you have no enamel - you'll want to ask your dentist about treating your teeth with flouride treatment at home - it will help to save your teeth from deteriorating further. I've sued it for a long time and it's helped immensely. it's in a tube like toothpaste.
Under the enamel of your teeth is what is called dentin, and its darker and softer than enamel and very easily damaged. Traditional bleaching/whitening is used on the enamel, making it very porous and staining more easily. Dentin is already in this condition. If you have exposed dentin I wouldn't be looking to alter the color in any way.
One option may be cosmetic dentistry down the line, but honestly, the best case is to keep what you do have healthy, which sounds like you're doing. Personally, I can't stand the look of bleaching. I think it looks so unnatural and freakish. I hope you can learn to be comfortable with the natural color of your teeth.
How do you use banana peels to whiten teeth?
I googled it and a dentist tried it but didn't see much difference. Find out for yourself with all these articles to choose from.
Do you using full strength peroxide along with toothpaste to whiten teeth or do you dilute the peroxide?
No, no, no on the straight peroxide. Ask your dentist if you don't believe me.
What's the fastest, most effective remedy for brighter, whiter teeth?
By gennyf from Los Angeles, CA
Plus White is the brand of gel that has worked for me for 20 years.
Although the price of professional teeth whitening has come down, it can still be outside of your budget. This is a guide about frugal teeth whitening.
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If you have crowns that are whiter than your own teeth, can you use a tooth whitener that will whiten your teeth, but not the crowns?
By gayle from Rochester, NY
You don't have to worry about it. Tooth whiteners have no effect on crowns. Whether you buy the Crest strips or pay for it at the dentist. The first thing they will tell you is it will not change the color of the crowns. (04/28/2010)
What are the best teeth whitening remedies?
By kraft sylvia from New York City, NY
Baking soda and peroxide. Mix into a paste. Brush with this prior to brushing with tooth paste. Drink coffee, tea, and all dark sodas through a straw as it will not get on front of the teeth this way. (09/19/2009)
And if you use peroxide orally be sure to rinse your mouth really well with water and always be sure to rinse well with water even after using mouthwash or after brushing teeth. Peroxide, and even some special fluoride or whitening rinses and pastes can give some people Black Hairy Tongue. One of my girlfriends has it right now from using a special fluoride paste and she is having to use medicine to get rid of it. drdonnica.com (09/22/2009)
I usually brush my teeth with a toothpaste that has whitener and I leave it in my mouth for 5-10 minutes. Just sit and surf the net for those 5-10 minutes and the time goes by faster. The best whitener that I've used is Crest Extra Whitening. It's not as harsh as other toothpastes. Flossing also helps whiten teeth. (11/14/2009)
I would love to have whiter teeth, but when I use the teeth whitening products on the market I get mouth sores and even have a strange soreness to the back of my throat for a few days. Does anyone know of anything else to use besides those strips and trays?
I have used a peroxide rinse for years, and get frequent compliments on my teeth. Before you brush, combine hydrogen peroxide and water in a Dixie cup (about 2/3 peroxide and 1/3 water.) Rinse, swish and gargle until it's gone. Then brush with your favorite toothpaste.
Do this twice a day, and people will notice the difference and it's thrifty. (06/11/2009)
I simply dip my toothbrush into baking soda and add paste and it has helped my teeth a lot plus your mouth will feel fresh. (06/12/2009)
By Lisa Austin
I use the baking soda paste, too. Peroxide rinse also works, but some people are susceptible to getting "hairy tongue" (can't remember the medical term for it) so be sure to rinse your mouth well with water after using the peroxide rinse. (06/12/2009)
I have had good luck using the Arm and Hammer Whitening Booster. It's sold near the toothpaste in stores. You put some of this on with your toothpaste when you brush. It does make teeth a few shades whiter. No sensitivity issues and inexpensive and under $6. (06/25/2009)
You know, most of the whiteners sold commercially damage our teeth and are harmful to our bodies. Also, these methods are overpriced and don't give good results unless used all the time, which makes people have weird side affects. But the most annoying thing is that people can whiten their teeth for about $15-$25 and get wonderful results over time.
My method is that you should get a good spinning brush. These provide a thorough clean. Get a whitening toothpaste, but maybe a healthy one that tells you it whitens by removing stains (Crest Pro Health and Colgate Whitening are a few), but the toothpaste isn't the key. A regular toothpaste is fine. Floss twice daily and brush after every meal. The key is a gum stimulator, which you would find familiar in the pictures on google.com and is available on the shelf of most drugstores. Over time, being hygienic in your mouth will remove stains and give you white teeth. (07/12/2009)
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