Hey hi hey
Have you been following on snap and insta for all the teeth week fun!? I obsess over tips for my teeth and gums – so underratedly important. It could very well be because I’m a dental hygienist.. or I’m just naturally crazy about my teeth. Who knows.
Anyway, I’ll let you know how that ends up in the future… but today I wanna share some whitening tips.
I’m kind of insane when it comes to what I brush with. I like Tom’s toothpaste because of the ingredients, I use this one and LOVE IT. I’m a ginger freak and basically buy anything that says ginger on it, but they have all different flavors.
If you’re looking for one with fluoride this cinnamon flavor is a real flava flavaaaa one.
Whitening toothpaste actually isn’t my thing. I don’t find that it really works for me (it may work for others) so I started doing things at home instead.
I have 3 tips I die over. I personally swear by them.
+ MAKE MY OWN WHITENING TOOTHPASTE
+ APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
+ 1 TSP BAKING SODA
+ 1 TSP HYDROGEN PEROXIDE
+ TINY BIT OF WATER. ABOUT 1/2 TSP – IF THAT.
I mix it up, dip my toothbrush in it, and brush away for about 1 minute.
This is abrasive. The whole point of whitening. It’s meant to destroy the stains off of your teeth.
I get SUPER sensitive for a day when I do this, that’s why I’m not doing longer than minute, you might have to play around with the amount of time you like. You can also always try sensodyne or some type of desensitizing toothpaste. I personally don’t use any, so I suffer through it because pain is beauty, no? Beauty is pain? I don’t know. Whatever. I suffer.
Because of the abrasiveness, I only do this on Sundays. If you are just starting and aren’t seeing any results, maybe try a couple more days during the week then go down to one day when you see some results.
I honestly don’t recommend this all the time- but that’s just me.
Who the hell would have ever known. I mean, I use ACV alllll the time – I drink it every morning in my lemon water. That stuff is like.. God.
So it comes in hot yet again.. a teeth whitener? Okkkk. TALK TO ME.
+ IT’S A NATURAL ANTIBOTIC – CLEANSING THE GUMS
+ NATURALLY ACIDIC – SO IT WILL BREAK DOWN PLAQUE
+ KILLS BAD BACTERIA
+ THE PH IS WHAT REMOVES THE STAINS
You need to use this for a little bit in order to see results – that’s the only thing. It definitely isn’t a ‘one time’ thing. I just put it a dab on a wash cloth and rub it on my teeth.
Obviously ACV is acidic – you don’t want it sitting there on your enamel all day. I was super confused about this being a natural teeth whitener at first because of the acidity. BUT – it works. The only thing is, you don’t want to be doing this all the time. Like the toothpaste, do it sparingly. It’s breaking down the stains off of your enamel, so too much will cause some erosion. Too much of anything kind of sucks, right?
RINSE WELL WITH WATER AFTER.
I repeat – rinse WELL with WATER.
If you want to brush, I would wait about 30 minutes. You don’t want to basically push the acid onto the teeth while it’s freshly there.
I’m a straw addict.
They are great for reducing stains. I’ll stick one in my glass of wine (at home only, obviously..) and my coffee always. Even hot. I use them in a glass of water now because I’m so used to constantly using them.
& I mean, if we are going to be wicked dramatic about straws – let’s get good ones. These ones are AMAZING.
BPA free, easily cleaned, reusable, COLORFUL.
They’re my favorite things ever. If you have cute straws you’re more likely to use them, that’s my excuse for buying ten dollar straws..
When I have a patient with some serious staining going on, we both agree to use pumice when I polish at the end of the cleaning.
This shit is really abrasive, but if it isn’t used often (I typically see my patients every 6 months) it should be fine.. it really gets the job done. If pumice isn’t getting that stain off, nothing is.
It isn’t meant to be a whitening treatment, but I’ve had some patients who have said the difference of their staining from the pumice is f’ing amazzzzzzze.
Ask your dental hygienist when you’re in if you think you need it.
OK AND – last but not least – I’ve never tried coconut pulling.
I use coconut oil for everything. Remember the latest coconut oil post? Everything. Except my teeth. Ironic, no? I don’t think I could let it sit in there that long… anyone try it and think it’s worth it?
Good luck babes, chat tomorrow with more. Catch ya on snap for fun tips all week!
Don’t forget to floss!!!