In 2012, Americans spent over a billion dollars on teeth whitening. The methods included the use of harmful ingredients, long and painful treatment sessions, and costly take-home kits. But there’s a simple ingredient in your home, that can be used to whiten your teeth naturally and very efficiently. But before we tell you, let’s take a look at a bit of history. Or if your thing is to ruin surprises, then go ahead and scroll down.
Teeth Whitening History
Keeping our teeth pearly white isn’t a recent trend. As a matter of fact it goes back thousands of years. It makes sense. Before we had complex languages to communicate, we used other methods. Even now, a lot of observations can show that most of our communications are non-verbal. Think about the way you stand, the tone of your voice, and your facial expression. Smiling is universally understood.
Toothbrushes, or at least something with similar function were used as early as 3000 BC. The practice of teeth whitening, however, began about 4,000 years ago with Egyptians. They used a mixture of ground pumice stone with wine vinegar. Yummy! Wealth and beauty were both associated with white teeth. But consider yourself fortunate if you did not live during the time Ancient Romans picked up teeth whitening. They used urine to bleach their teeth. While it seems counter-productive, Roman doctors were all about that urine “toothpaste”. The ammonia in urine worked as a bleaching agent. In the 17th century, instead of a visit to the dentist you would visit your barber. “A haircut and whiter teeth, please!” The barbers would file down your teeth and then apply an acid that would whiten the teeth (but also erode your tooth enamel leading to decay).
We’ve come a long way from these crazy practices but the ingredients in our toothpaste are still harmful and our tap water still contains fluoride. So besides natural toothpastes, is there a natural alternative?
Here’s How to Whiten your Teeth Free and Naturally
Baking soda. It’s in your house, you use it to cook, but it can do so much more. It can whiten your teeth! Very effectively actually. No wonder, O.T. Genasis mentioned baking soda in his music video and racked up 110 million views on his single. But all kidding aside, baking soda may be a great alternative to teeth whitening treatments.
Benefits of using Baking Soda for Whitening:
- It’s free. You already have baking soda and a toothbrush. It costs about $650 on average for teeth whitening.
- It’s quick. Some people report seeing a difference in just a week of use.
- It’s may be safer than your current method. We know what baking soda is. How about all the ingredients in your toothpaste?
- It can be less abrasive than toothpaste.
How to Use Baking Soda for Teeth Whitening
2. Mix the baking soda with a few drops of pure water (preferably not tap water as it contains fluoride) until the solution is smooth and a bit runny. You don’t want too much baking soda in the solution.
3. Dip your toothbrush and brush for two minutes.
Baking soda is considered very cheap, effective and safe. Baking soda is non abrasive, and actually less abrasive than most toothpastes. According to Dr. Peter Hazim, baking soda can be a gentle and effective solution for removing food particles, eliminating stains, without harsh wear and tear. Those with braces should avoid using this method.
However, if you still prefer toothpaste, here are the best natural toothpastes for your teeth.
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