Home Teeth Whitening Remedies

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Want a whiter smile without having to leave your house? There are quite a few different options you have when it comes to at-home whitening, but know that some are safer and more effective than others. To help you stay informed, we’ve outlined some of the most popular home teeth whitening remedies:

At-Home Whitening Trays

At Jackson Smiles Family Dentistry, we provide take-home whitening trays so you can achieve stunning results from your own home. With this treatment, we design trays molded to fit your teeth, which you’ll place whitening gel in and wear for a specific amount of time.

Store-Bought Whitening Toothpaste, Rinses & Strips

Using a whitening mouth rinse, toothpaste, or strips from your local grocery store or drugstore can give you a brighter smile without requiring you to drastically change your dental hygiene routine. Just a heads up though: Compared to professional teeth whitening, these don’t offer as dramatic, even, or long-lasting results.

Activated Charcoal

Many people looking for a more natural way to whiten their teeth have taken to brushing with activated charcoal, which is said to erase stains. Be careful with this remedy though: many dentists believe that the charcoal’s grainy texture could actually damage tooth enamel and make way for more staining.

Oil Pulling

Another popular home teeth whitening remedy is a technique called oil pulling. This is when you swish coconut oil around your mouth for around 20 minutes or so. While coconut oil does kill bacteria in your teeth, it hasn’t been proven that it can actually whiten them, even though some people swear by it!

Baking Soda

Brushing with a mixture of baking soda and water a few times a week is said to whiten teeth. Baking soda’s mild abrasiveness is what lifts surface stains, but it’s also what can damage your enamel if you go overboard with this remedy.

Change Your Diet

Up your intake of water and fibrous, crunchy foods like apples, nuts, and leafy greens for a naturally whiter smile. Avoiding sugar and staining beverages like wine and coffee can also help prevent your teeth from appearing yellow.

If you’d like to leave your teeth whitening in the hands of the professionals, stop by our office for one of our whitening treatments. At Jackson Smiles Dentistry, we can brighten your smile with those personalized trays or in just one, in-office treatment.

Contact us to schedule a teeth whitening consultation!

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