in my ongoing pursuit to live a more simple life, i often have to take it back to the old school.
quite a few people i know, me included, are always looking for ways to brighten our teeth. we drink too much coffee, we're smokers, we like the candy just a liiiiitle too much. whatever the reason, there are about a billion different things you can buy to help, from gels to sprays, strips to mouthpieces.
my suggestion: all you need is BAKING SODA AND PEROXIDE. seriously.
baking soda is great for cleaning teeth and it kills bacteria that causes plaque; peroxide kills bacteria in the gums and on the tongue. together, they work well as a whitener.
what to do: put on your toothpaste on the brush and then dip it into a bit of baking soda. no, it's not the most pleasant taste, get over it. after that, floss, if you want to, and then, like you would a mouthwash, rinse with peroxide. no, you won't die if you accidentally swallow a bit. it happens. rinse with water or a mouthwash, and you're done!
tips #1) i bought some baking soda, put it in a mason jar by my toothpaste in the bathroom. that way it's there every time i pick up my toothbrush and i don't forget. lazy or genius, you decide. :-)
tip #2) do it EVERYDAY. you should be brushing your teeth at least once a day, twice for realz, anyway.
top five reasons you may want to try it out:
5) before they had toothpaste, what do you think they used?
4) it's cheaper. maaaaybe $2.99 for baking soda and $1.00 for peroxide.
3) you'll get more for your money.
2) my grandma knows everything.
1) i can damn near guarantee in 1 month your teeth will be whiter.
so that's that. let me know how it works out. go ahead and try. i dare ya. :-)
disclaimer: no, just because i tagged you because your teeth look dingy. well, not all of you :-P and no, baking soda DOES NOT strip away your enamel.