Stains and discolorations can occur on teeth and are usually caused by drinking coffee, tea, using tobacco products and other factors. Teeth can be whitened naturally and inexpensively using baking soda and vinegar. These two products not only clean those stubborn stains, but they also improve overall oral health. Baking soda may be used exclusively for cleaning teeth; vinegar may be added to improve the health of your mouth further. Make sure to consult your dentist before using baking soda and vinegar to clean your teeth.
Many brands of toothpaste already contain some baking soda in them; however, they also contain any number of other ingredients, which may cause irritation for those with sensitive teeth. Sodium bicarbonate, or baking soda, works as a powerful abrasive to clean away light staining on your teeth. Vinegar helps to kill bacteria and prevent the build-up of calculus, also known as tartar. Brushing with vinegar reduces the risk of gingivitis, which is a major cause of tooth decay.
Brushing with baking soda can improve the whiteness of your teeth within one week. Vinegar can be used to kill bacteria in the mouth that could otherwise cause tooth decay. Furthermore, many store-brand mouthwashes contain high levels of ethyl alcohol. According to Dr. Dan Peterson of the Family Gentle Dental Care website, some alcohol-based mouthwashes cause excess sloughing inside the mouth.
Brushing your teeth with baking soda only requires a small amount of product to work effectively. Simply wet the toothbrush and dip it into a container filled with baking soda; the wet toothbrush will pick up enough of the baking soda for an effective cleaning. Vinegar can be drizzled on top of the toothbrush or used as a rinse after brushing your teeth. When used as a rinse, you only need about the same amount of vinegar as you'd use for a mouthwash; do not swallow the vinegar.
The taste of vinegar may be too bitter for some people to handle, but there are alternatives to make the taste more appealing. Apple cider vinegar offers the same oral benefits as regular vinegar, but it has a much better taste. Another easy solution would be to add a pinch of salt to the vinegar solution for a slightly better overall taste. Finally, try mixing the vinegar, baking soda and salt together to offset the taste.
Brushing your teeth with baking soda and/or vinegar for each one of your daily brushings could prove to be too abrasive of a mixture for your teeth. To solve this issue, only brush with baking soda and/or vinegar three times per week. Consult your dentist to determine what brushing schedule will work best for your teeth specifically.