Whitening teeth

Whitening Teeth The Healthy Way

The quest for white teeth is one of our most common dental concerns, and as people strive to achieve a pearly white smile to rival their Hollywood idols, they may not realise that teeth whitening offered as a beauty treatment, could be damaging. Teeth whitening treatments on the high street may seem like a quick and easy solution but there are healthier ways to ensure cleaner, whiter teeth – using products you can find at home.


The dangers of ‘rogue’ teeth whitening

Whilst teeth whitening used to be solely offered by qualified dentists, today there are many beauticians and salons which offer teeth whitening treatments which are not only unregulated, but could be unsafe too. Local councils have called for tougher penalties on those who perform rouge teeth whitening treatments or sell illegal whitening kits featuring up to 300 times the legal limit for hydrogen peroxide.

The consequences of rogue teeth whitening treatments include blistering, burns and other damage which could have a lasting effect on oral health. The General Dental Council has been taking steps to prosecute non-qualified practitioners, but stresses that teeth whitening treatments carried out by qualified dentists are safe, and urges people to only undergo treatments offered by trained professionals.


Healthy ways to whiten teeth

If you’re looking for healthy alternatives to teeth whitening treatments, there are a number of things which you can do, such as:

Avoid food and drink which stain your teeth

Your takeaway coffee habit could be having an effect on the colour of your teeth – causing stains which can be difficult to remove. Smoking is another factor which causes your teeth to look yellow, and you should aim to give up to give your teeth the best chance of looking white again. Brushing your teeth regularly should help to remove common stains, but if you can’t give up your tea and coffee, a regular appointment with a dental hygienist should help keep stains at bay.

Clean your teeth with baking soda

Baking soda is often used for different cleaning purposes, so it’s no surprise that it’s a useful teeth cleanser too when added to your toothpaste. Using baking soda can help to lift stains for a whiter smile. Many toothpastes on the market feature baking soda as an ingredient, and you may find that you prefer these to your regular toothpaste.

Use apple cider vinegar as a mouthwash

Apple cider vinegar is advocated by many, including Colgate, as a way to whiten teeth. When used alone or with baking soda, apple cider vinegar can help to get rid of stains and make your teeth whiter, but you may want to rinse your mouth with something that tastes better afterwards!

Try oil pulling with coconut oil

Coconut oil has many uses, and makes an excellent hair mask or cleanser. More and more people are using it as a way to whiten teeth, whilst also having health benefits for gums. Simply apply coconut oil to a toothbrush and brush it on, leaving for 5 to 20 minutes before rinsing thoroughly.

Invest in a good toothbrush

Many of us are guilty of not changing our toothbrushes often enough, which means we might not be cleaning our teeth as effectively as we should. Toothbrushes should be changed every 3 months or when the bristles become too soft and out of shape – whichever comes first. An electric toothbrush offers even more effective cleaning power, leaving your teeth and mouth feeling clean, and working harder to remove tough stains.

The main secret to whiter teeth is good oral health. By brushing your teeth twice a day, rinsing after meals and ensuring regular dental check-ups, you can ensure healthier, cleaner looking teeth which will be sparkly white, without the need to resort to alternative, and possibly dangerous, teeth whitening treatments.