How To Whiten Teeth
Wondering how to whiten teeth? Almost everyone has wanted to know how to whiten their teeth at some point in time. There are many different ways one can whiten teeth, from the inexpensive do-it-yourself approach to making an appointment with a professional. The latter is one of the most expensive methods and typically is not covered by insurance because it is considered a cosmetic procedure.
To whiten teeth, you will need:
- Teeth-whitening toothpaste
- 3% hydrogen peroxide
- Purchase teeth-whitening toothpaste from the grocery or drug store. Whitening toothpaste is available in several brands; although some are pricier than others, they contain the same active ingredient and the cheapest may work just as well as an expensive brand.
- Purchase 3% hydrogen peroxide from the grocery store. It typically comes in a brown bottle and is found near the antiseptics. It is very inexpensive and can be used for things other than whitening teeth, such as cleaning minor wounds and eliminating blood stains in clothing.
Brush your teeth using the teeth-whitening toothpaste at least twice each day, morning and night.
Use the 3% hydrogen peroxide as a mouth wash twice each day, swishing the hydrogen peroxide around in your mouth and teeth for one to two minutes, then spitting it out. Use it in the morning and at night.
- Remember that due to the foaming factor of hydrogen peroxide, one may wish to use it prior to stepping into the shower.
An important warning: hydrogen peroxide can cause teeth and/or gum sensitivity with repeated use. If sensitivity is experienced, reduce the frequency of use. Do not swallow hydrogen peroxide. While hydrogen peroxide is not absorbed by the skin, it can cause systemic toxicity when either inhaled or ingested.