3 Natural Ways to Whiten Teeth at Home

teeth whitening Whiter teeth, like thick, shiny, hair, is something that many people in our cosmetically driven world desire today. In fact, Americans spend over $1.4 billion dollars in over-the-counter teeth whitening products every year-that’s a good chunk of money just to achieve a different shade of teeth. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve tried OTC teeth whitener-I even paid to have my dentist do it once. It worked for a bit, but my teeth got so sensitive I couldn’t stand it. I also felt I really didn’t need to be so obsessed with the color of my teeth that I paid a bunch of money for a bunch of who-knows-what that made my teeth hurt, so I started looking into more natural alternatives. With a bit of patience, I think you can naturally restore whiteness to your teeth. They may not get to be scary sear-out-somebodies-corneas –when-you –smile white, but they’ll appear more like you took good care of your pretty pearly whites rather than just bleaching them like crazy.

3 Natural Ways to Whiten Teeth at Home- without using harsh chemicals.

Why do teeth get yellow?

To figure out how to whiten our teeth, we have to know why they get yellow in the first place. There are several factors that play a part, including genetics, what kind of food and drink you consume, and how well you practice oral hygiene. A tooth is made up of 4 tissues-enamel, which is the strong white covering that protects the tooth, dentin, which supports the enamel and is a hard yellow material that carries nerves, pulp, which is at the center of the tooth and contains blood and lymph vessels, and cementum, which covers the root of the tooth.

The enamel and dentin is what play the biggest role in color. Certain food and drinks will directly stain the enamel, yes, but over time the two biggest culprits are the nasty food and drink that actually break down the enamel, and weakening enamel as we age. As the enamel breaks down, it reveals the yellow dentin underneath. These remedies will focus on whitening teeth that have already lost some white enamel, but it’s also good to keep in mind that doing things to strengthen enamel is just as important so you can keep it from breaking down further. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure (or whitening!)

1. Baking Soda and Lemon Juice Paste

Baking Soda isn’t a shocker here. Sodium bicarbonate (its official name) is mildly abrasive; gently scrubbing away surface stains to return teeth to a whiter shade. It’s also very alkaline (the opposite of acidic) so I would think if you have a very acidic mouth or eat a lot of acidic food, it could help balance out the Ph, which would be useful as acid breaks down enamel-this is strictly speculation on my part. It will also reduce the acidity of the lemon juice, which acts as a natural bleach of sorts. I use a mixture of baking soda and water on some days, and use the lemon juice on others, as I don’t want to overdo it.

You will need…

-Several teaspoons of baking soda
-Enough lemon juice or water to form a paste
-A toothbrush

Directions

Mix several teaspoons of baking soda with enough fresh lemon juice (or water) to make a paste. Wipe your teeth and any extra saliva off of them with a paper towel. Put a good amount of paste onto your toothbrush and apply. Leave the paste on for 1 minute, then rinse, so as to avoid the acid effecting enamel. If you are using just water you can leave it on for up to 3 minutes.

baking soda paste for teeth

brushing teeth with baking soda

2. Strawberry, Salt and Baking Soda Scrub

Strawberries are high in Vitamin C, which can help break-down plaque that is causing your teeth to look yellow. It also has an enzyme called malic acid, which may help to remove surface stains. The salt acts as an abrasive portion of the paste, physically scrubbing away stain-causing gunk, and the baking soda is an extra touch that you can choose to leave out if you’d prefer (I just like to add it to anything involving my teeth.)

You will need…

-1-3 large strawberries
-A pinch of seat salt
-1/2 teaspoon of baking soda (optional)

Directions

Mash the berries into a pulp, and add a pinch of sea salt and ½ teaspoon of baking soda, if you’re using it. Wipe any extra saliva off your teeth with a paper towel, and then apply a generous portion of the mixture to a toothbrush and apply. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes, then rinse. Do this nightly.

strawberry tooth paste

using strawberry to whiten teeth

3. Coconut Oil Rinse

I know this sounds absolutely mad (I thought it was crazy too when I first read about it) but rinsing your mouth with coconut oil (called ‘oil pulling’) is a unique, old, remedy that people swear by to help whiten teeth. It doesn’t sound like the most pleasant thing in the world, but I actually don’t mind the taste, and I think it does make a difference in the color of your teeth. It won’t make a difference by “bleaching” per say, but lauric acid in coconut oil can rid your teeth of bacteria found in plaque that can make them yellow. It is also supposed to promote gum health, and help keep your breath fresh.

You will need…

-About a tablespoon of coconut oil

Directions

In the morning, before you brush your teeth, scoop out a tablespoon or a little less (depending on the size of your mouth) of coconut oil. You can either soften it, or just put it in your mouth (I usually do the latter, and just let it soften.) Push, swish, and “pull” the oil through and around your teeth for 10-15 minutes, then spit it out, rinse with water, and brush your teeth.

oil pulling teeth

coconut oil pulling

Note: You can use either of the pastes after you have brushed your teeth at night if you prefer.

Are these remedies going to guarantee ridiculously white teeth within a week? No. You may start to see a difference, but it won’t be as instant as the commercial products. In the end, will your teeth be so white people squint when you open your mouth? No. And I like it better that way. I’ve found that since using these my teeth are indeed whiter, my mouth overall feels healthier and it doesn’t look like I bleached the life out of myself. We live in a world where photo-shopped faces (and teeth) and make-up covered celebrities set the standard for how we look, which makes life hard for people who like, well, real people. As a result we seem to forget what’s good for ourselves, and spend a ton of money just to look like the ideal. By going natural here, you can save the money for something else, feel better about yourself, and have a healthier mouth (and health is what, in the end, creates real beauty.)

Tips:

- Routine. Set up a routine using these remedies and stick to it, at all costs, to get the most out of them.

- While not “natural” per say, using 3% (I repeat, 3%) hydrogen peroxide as a mouth rinse can whiten your teeth through the process of oxidation. It is an active indigent in many OTC whitening kits, but is often times found in much higher (and expensive) combinations in them.

- It’s fairly common knowledge, and difficult in today’s world, but try to avoid dark drinks, such as coke and coffee that stain your teeth.

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By Claire Goodall

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130 Comments

  1. diane langford says:

    all sound good. only thing is don’t spit the coconut oil in the sink, because it hardens under 76 or 77 degrees and will clog the sink.

    • Megan says:

      Also, don’t swallow the coconut oil! After it pulls bacteria out, it becomes toxic if you swallow it (because you’re swallowing the bacteria, too).

      • Amber says:

        Sorry Megan, but you can swallow the coconut oil. The bacteria gets destroyed by stomach acid in the digestive system.

        • Daniel says:

          Actually Amber, Doctors recommend you do not swallow the toxins. I have been researching this process and it is almost unanimous.

          • Nora says:

            When that has been said Daniel, you can actually swallow the coconut oil without it being dangerous.

        • Matt says:

          Megan, the bacteria are already in your mouth to begin with. I suggest you are swallowing them already.

  2. Theresa Fatherree says:

    I have been using a solution of equal amounts of toothpaste, hydrogen peroxide & baking soda as a tooth whitener. I’m going to try your strawberry concoction. Thanks.

  3. Vicky says:

    An alternative to coconut oil is Neem toothpaste and mouthwash..Neem is a natural product that has antibacterial , antimicrobial properties.. It leaves your mouth feeling super clean and fresh…

    • viki says:

      the problem with neem toothpastes are its herbal ingredients can actually do more damage that good so just be careful since it can cause harsh abrasion!

      • Vick says:

        Baking soda and just about any toothpaste causes abrasion. I think it is best if people try to preserve their enamel, waiting a good hour after eating will let your enamel harden after being exposed to acidic foods. Then they will be less susceptible to abrasions caused by toothpastes, brushes, etc.

    • Erin says:

      Yes, ever since switching to Neem toothpaste I can actually brush my teeth without irritation. It’s soothing and can tell a difference. Very healing stuff and the teeth have whitened some.

  4. Becky says:

    I grew up using Crest with fluoride, brushing within 5 minutes after finishing a meal… (I’ve only ever had three cavities, one of which the dentist gave me when he jabbed his pick into a molar.) After about 30-35 years my teeth began to get really sensitive, so I switched to the various sensitive toothpastes, again with fluoride. About two years ago (I’m almost 59 now), I began reading about fluoride’s effects on teeth and the body, including how FLUORIDE STAINS TEETH YELLOW/BROWN. So I switched to Tom’s no-fluoride toothpaste. I don’t know if it’s just wishful thinking, or an actuality, but I believe my teeth are getting whiter – and I still drink a quart of hot regular black tea (4 teabags’ worth in a Mason jar) every morning! There’s natural fluoride in the tea, but cutting out the fluoride toothpaste has made a world of difference AND my teeth aren’t sensitive anymore, either! I think the sensitivity was also brought on by all that fluoride! Any time I tried to switch off the sensitive pastes to a regular toothpaste, or even between brands of the sensitive types, the inner lining of my mouth would slough off in sheets (as in peeling skin after a bad sunburn), my teeth would just throb, and I’d go back to the sensitive paste. When I went to the Tom’s, my mouth lining was fine, my teeth never hurt, and they seem to be getting whiter! HOORAY!!!

    The only thing I don’t particularly care for with Tom’s is that they add XYLITOL to it, which is deadly to dogs if they somehow get hold of it. I just have to make sure our new cat doesn’t get stupid, steal the toothpaste off the bathroom counter and leave it where my dachshunds can find it! She hasn’t shown any homicidal tendencies yet, but with a cat, one never knows………. ;-)

    • Nadine says:

      Maybe the problem was the “within 5 minutes after meals”. Whenever you eat something acidic, like an apple, the enamel is very sensitive at first and easier to be brushed off. Do it often enough and this practice weakens the teeth.

  5. Heather says:

    Yes, after using the coconut oil, spit it in a trash can! If you use the sink, it will harden immediately on the cool pipes.

    That said, all of these ideas are terrific! I brush my teeth with a homemade paste (coconut oil, baking soda, essential oil) and they are very pearly white and clean, so I can attest to the power of these ingredients.

  6. Deedee says:

    I’ve done the oil pulling before. From what I understand it’s a great way to pull toxins out of the body. I didn’t know it could help brighten your teeth though. I’ll start doing it again.

  7. KO says:

    When you oil pull with coconut oil you are creating an emulsion with your saliva and oil, it dilutes the oil and it could never cause problems with your plumbing if you spit it in the sink

  8. ssk says:

    thanks it was helpful I loved it.

  9. umidorland says:

    I just used did it with the coconut oil for the first time, I wonder where this will go in 3 weeks or so. I have say, my mouth feels cleaner after rinsing it with oil and then brushing my teeth over it. It’s wonderful! :D

  10. Kamille says:

    Can you use the coconut oil that is the liquid form or does if have to be the solid kind?

    • Megan says:

      Coconut oil solid/liquid is the same thing. It just melts at like 80-something degrees. If it’s cool out, it solidifies, if it’s hot, it liquifies.

  11. Aliysha Khan says:

    Thnx really worked

  12. fernando says:

    what happens if I mix the 3? will it be more effective?

  13. Tyra says:

    Are these effective? Coconut oil? I’m just curious. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Jeanette says:

    I’m DEFINITELY going to start using the coconut oil! Yet I don’t know if it will work. *~*

  15. LEEZY says:

    I have heard and read alot about sodium bicarbonate possitive effects on teeth and i am currently carry on with mine

  16. Hehe says:

    You can use perioxide to rinse your mouth
    Whitening products just have a higher percentage of peri oxide
    3% vs 6%

  17. Carmen says:

    Thank you for these great tips! I only knew baking soda and lemon juice extract, now I can also try the strawberry. I have a yellow teeth since I was a child, I already asked my dentist about it and she said that it’s okay because it only means that my teeth has a lot of calcium in it and that it is because of the genes.

  18. Terri says:

    In the instructions for using coconut oil it says to swish for 10-15 minutes—is this perhaps a mistake and should say 10-15 seconds?

    • susan says:

      It’s not a misprint…it is 10-15 minutes!

    • Alisa says:

      Terri, it really is 10 to 15 minutes. During that time, your mouth will get fuller and fuller as more of your natural saliva is generated and added to the oil already in your mouth – by the end of the oil pulling session, you will have twice as much in your mouth as the tablespoon you start with, and this can be hard at first. I had to work up to that tablespoon to be able to keep it in my mouth for 10 minutes; I started with about a half tablespoon.

    • Megan says:

      No, 10-15 mins to pull the toxins

    • Melissa says:

      Nope.. That’s right. Start slow, maybe 5 and work up to 10-15

    • shawna says:

      I do it for as long as I can in the morning. Your cheeks get very tired at first but you get used to it.

  19. Nadeen says:

    Thanks ill try it , I think it will work

  20. Lee says:

    Does soda really work?
    I have a wedding and can’t afford to get teeth cleaned at mo..
    I’m worried white areas will go bright white and it will look worse than b4.!!
    Has anyone tried?

  21. Jennifer @ GrowingUpTriplets.com says:

    Thanks for this list! I’ve never heard of the strawberry paste! Sounds yummy! :)

  22. Julia & Elena says:

    Thanks! I tried the lemon and baking soda! It worked over 1 week! Thanks!

    • joan says:

      sorry,just wanted to ask is baking powder the same thing as baking soda and again for how many minutes did u leave the lemon juice and baking soda in ur mouth and did u use ur toothbrush to brush ur mouth with the lemon juice and baking soda…pls i would appreciate it if u reply…thankz

  23. Jarjeena says:

    I’m so gonna try it. Thanks a lot.

  24. hihihi says:

    What if I have braces?

    • Karina says:

      If you have braces it’s best not to do any sort of teeth whitening until you get them removed because you’ll have spots of yellow where your braces were.

    • Tamsyn says:

      I did the baking soda lemon one when I had braces and honestly I think it stopped me from having white squares, although as Karina says yellow squares could be a problem. But if you’re asking because of the braces themselves, it doesn’t wreck them xD

      • Chelsey says:

        If you use the baking soda and lemon. The acid in the lemon can eat at the glue they used for the braces. That is what I was told when I had braces. Therefore I would use water and baking soda

  25. Petra says:

    Lemon juice is acidic and will eat away at your tooth enamel. I would stay clear of that one. I’ve just started the oil pulling with coconut oil this morning and hopefully time will tell if it works on whitening my teeth. :)

  26. Cecilia says:

    How many times a week do I use this whitening treatment?

  27. Ruby says:

    Will anyone PLEASE tell me how long the baking soda paste lasts????

    • Ruby says:

      well – I mean how much time you can keep it for (1 days, 2 days, 3days, a week…) and keep using it. Thanks!

      • Katy says:

        It should last as long as the lemon juice does if you refrigerate it, but then again since baking soda is an alkali and citrus juice is an acid, they may “cancel out” one another if you try storing them mixed together for longer than a few minutes. I’m no chemist, but that’s my speculation.

  28. Fathima says:

    Baking soda and lemon juice is one of the best home remedy. Try it!

  29. lingston says:

    Which shop can i find coconut oil

  30. Blanket says:

    haven’t tried it yet but hope it works

  31. Blanket says:

    i have braces too so i’ll try it after I get them off! can’t wait! good luck to you guys as well!!!

  32. resham says:

    hop it will work…i hav yellow teeth am gonna try it

    • Dianne says:

      I took tetracycline in the 70′s and ended up with a permanent yellowish color to my teeth. Lately I have been brushing my teeth with tooth gel (not toothpaste) and a dipping of the toothbrush in a little hydrogen peroxide at the same time. At first I thought nothing was happening, but after several weeks, I finally looked at my teeth and they were white! I was really surprised. Hopefully they will continue to become whiter. And, now I know you have to be patient!!! I plan to add baking soda, too. BTW, for some reason, toothpaste makes the inside of my mouth slough off, the same as another person mentioned above. So I have to brush with “tooth gel”, which is getting harder and harder to find.

  33. Nana says:

    I recently saw some beautiful wedding pictures where the bride had bright white teeth. I asked if she had them professionally whitened and the mother of the bride said that she used coconut oil. I was thrilled because i had purchased some coconut oil from the Organic Marketplace in our town and plan to use it for better dental care and oral health.

  34. Emily says:

    I used to have the Whitest Teeth, but over the summer I don’t know what happen. I kept brushing them, and using Hydrogen Peroxide. But they just got yellow, and they have stains on them! I’m freaking out, I will definitely try this Thank you so much!

  35. Vanessa says:

    If you use water instead of lemon juice, does the water have to be cold, hot or warm?

  36. ronnie says:

    I have used baking soda and peroxide for 50 years. Strangers stop me on the street to comment on how white my teeth are. Its great!

  37. ronnie says:

    Peroxide, salt and baking soda work magic.

  38. Mash says:

    I have yellow teeth since i was child. I would say it is by birth. Will this remedy help in that scenario too ?

  39. May says:

    Excited to try! Hopefully I’ll see results after constant use!

  40. Ruth Reye says:

    baking soda can harm teeth if used improperly. It is a great cleaning agent yet when used as teeth whitening, it must be with care and precaution

  41. Kaaliyah says:

    An I supposed to refrigerate the strawberry one? Will it go bad if I don’t?

  42. Jamie says:

    I will definetly try the coconut oil. I don’t put so much attention on my teeth, but its just like, if I could have white teeth with a snap of my finger, it would be nice!

  43. Rod says:

    Oil and water famously don’t mix, but just about everything mixes with either water or oil. So the idea of swishing your teeth with oil (any oil) to remove oil-soluble things, makes sense to me.

  44. Brando says:

    I’ve been wanting to try oil pulling but I’ve heard it can loosen fillings etc. I have a cap on my front tooth and it has a silver back and I’m worried oil pulling will pull it out. Has anyone tried this who has a cap/crown?

    • Claire Goodall says:

      I cannot speak from personal experience or make gurantees, but from what I understand it is *generally* considered safe IF the cap is properly placed. I do not see how coconut oil would loosen up a well placed cap, but you’ll still find some people that feel it’s caused a problem for them. Fillings also have somewhat of a shelf life-that is, they won’t last for your lifetime. If you’ve had a filling for awhile (say, ten years) it could be hiding decay or loose or chipped and need to be replaced anyways.
      If the “silver” is actually amalgam, which is usually what silver or metal fillings are, it is actually mercury mixed with several other metals. The benefit for dentists is that it can be placed securely over moist surfaces, such as your teeth. There is some debate as to whether or not the oil reacts with the amalgam and produces some sort of toxicity as it is “pulling” the mercury’s toxins out-but from my knowledge and research, many people report oil pulling with amalgam and do just fine, and I have yet to find a solid report on any “poisoning.” If you’re concerned you can always ring the dentist, but I suspect you’d be fine ;)

  45. Emily says:

    I have naturally yellow teeth it really annoys me so I hope this will work

  46. priyanka says:

    Thanks for the solution to clean the teeth

  47. haneefah says:

    Well m rili hoping on d baking soda issh cos m tired of d yellow teeth….please tell me it works well

  48. afreen says:

    Which coconut oil should be used??:-|

  49. Joan says:

    So I bought crest whitening in 5 days, I noted a difference but my teeth are definitely sensitive as notced brushing yestersday. my mom told me about baking soda and peroxide. As I know myself… I love doing my research so I got up this morning to brush and thought about it,… decided to google and saw this page. thank God I have coco nut oil, baking soda and lemon juice already at home. I just need straberries and peroxide. rigtht now I have had the coconut oil in my mouth for 15 mins. soon to remove and brush with baking soda and lemon. mix. I just bought the E-book for 215 home remedies which comes with so many other benefits. I am thrilled… to start usng this as see how it works. for All I care.. the toothpaste in my bathroom can go to Heaven lol.. well I will give it out of course. Thank you guys for all the comments.. very helpful. I will definitely update my progress.. here as I go natural on my remedies. wish me Luck!!

  50. Gio says:

    Its ok to use baking soda in my teeth for whitening, and have a dental composite filling?? thanks for the reply.

  51. Denis says:

    Ok,am from interior part of south western part of L.Victoria in kenya.I had a white teech at my childhood but. suddenly they changed colour to yellowish when i hit teenage life.I chose the baking soda and lemon juice remedy and it actually worked.Now a number of people envy my teeth and say that I have great smiles,thank you for the post.

  52. David says:

    Should i get a toothpaste with no flouride in it like TOMS or continue to get stuff like 3D Crest White?

  53. denette says:

    i hope it works i have been trying to get white teeth forever! they are so yellow and i brush and brush and nothing is happening

  54. Cassidy says:

    So I just used the baking soda and lemon juice/water one, and I’ve got to say it’s amazing. My teeth already look better

  55. aihg says:

    I made a paste with water and baking soda . But its watery and put it up on my teeth for more than 5 min. But still not working .. Instead of the teeth getting whiter my inner mouth gets pale.. Ughhh.. What should I do?

    • Tamsyn says:

      I would start by using less water and making it more of a paste. Also it usually takes at least a week for anything noticeable to happen. I would say be patient or try something else if it doesn’t do anything after 3 ish weeks

  56. Haseeb says:

    i have hole in my teeth is that hurt when i starts using baking soda? thanks for reply!

  57. Shaikha says:

    Can I use baking powder . Is it similar to baking soda ?

    • Tamsyn says:

      Baking powder is basically baking soda with citric and tartaric acid in it. So yes it’s similar but I wouldn’t recommend using it because of the acid.

  58. Tulip says:

    Hi!

    I just tried out your toothpaste. I skipped on the stevia, because I don’t trust stevia, and… well, the toothpaste was extremely hard to keep in my mouth considering how much I wanted to spit all of it out! Blegh, the taste of baking soda. My mouth conjured up a waterfall to try and get rid of it, haha (if that’s TMI, I’m sorry).

    But I persevered, and so far, it seems the paste works. I don’t remember the last my mouth felt so clean!

    I would like to not have to brush my teeth with something so bitter each day, though, so I was wondering if instead of stevia I could use raw honey? And if I could use raw honey without counteracting any of the benefits of the other ingredients, then how much honey?

    Thank you!

  59. Nancy says:

    A friend just told me about the “pulling” with Coconut Oil. She said it kills bacteria and whitens teeth. I have fairly white teeth, but I drink 3 cups of tea every morning, and I have places where I had tea stains. Didn’t want to use the expensive whiteners, and end up with the “fake” and almost “blue/white” looking teeth I see too much of. Bought a $5.99 jar of organic coconut oil at TJ Maxx yesterday. I spoon about 1/2 tablespoon into my hand, soften it up, then put the paste on my toothbrush. After one day and only 2 brushings, the tea stains are GONE. I’m sold !!!!!!!

  60. natalie says:

    I used baking soda and peroxide and boy that messed my gums up.. it burnt my gums even with precise measurements.. never will i do that again.. coconut oil sounds interesting… and im getting some coconut milk and honey to bring my hair back to life so ill get the coconut oil and lemon and baking soda and see how that goes… thanxx
    theres some smart people walkin the planet.. caring is sharing.. cheers

  61. Svanna says:

    I have used just salt and everyday type of tooth paste (I always have a differant kind) and it actually works for me. My dentist even mentioned the change

  62. Javi says:

    Am I suppose to stop using store bought toothpast while doing these remedies all together? (or) start these remedies before i brush with toothpaste normally?

  63. anon says:

    If you use water instead of lemon juice, does the water have to be cold, hot or warm?

  64. kay says:

    regarding oil pulling: this IS a detox method, so just beware that with consistent use (i did 9 days, specifically for detox) you may have a heck of a skin breakout as your body detoxes. i was pretty toxic and set off quite a, metaphorical, bomb…but after all was said and done, i am glad i did it.

  65. MMN says:

    charcoal is incredible for whitening teeth!!

  66. shaaron says:

    would it be bad to just mix everything into one tooth whitening concoction?

  67. Rohith says:

    baking soda causes damage to your teeths enamel so be carefull.. :)

  68. Fred says:

    Hi Claire, is it possible to do the Oil (Coconut) pulling -> then baking soda treatment -> then do the normal brushing?

  69. Dana says:

    I have been using the toothpaste and love it! Feel like my teeth and mouth are cleaner, but I feel as though my breath is bad and leaves a bad taste in mouth. Is there anything to add to help that?

  70. Denise says:

    Lemon juice and strawberries are acidic. You are removing a layer of enamel when you use them on your teeth. I see that your readers are smart enough to know to wait to brush their teeth after eating something acidic but can’t seem to put two and two together to know not to scrub their teeth with something acidic.

  71. Ruth Anitha says:

    The baking soda works on the enamel of the teeth to lift away the staining while the citric acid in the lemon juice provides a natural bleaching action. You can make a baking soda paste by adding some water to it, and use on your toothbrush, or you can blend the baking soda with your toothpaste. Step1 Mix baking soda and the juice from a fresh squeezed lime, you want to use enough lime juice to bring the baking soda to the consistency of a paste. You can use baking soda, instead of salt, to make it more effective. Different theories exist on the benefits of adding lemon juice or strawberries to baking soda for teeth whitening. All you have to do is take a little of baking soda and make a paste by mixing it with some water and a dash of salt.

  72. Bella says:

    I love the baking soda and lemon juice method! I used it for about 2 weeks and I definitely noticed a difference!

  73. jacky says:

    Hi. I have been told tumeric is a very good teeth whitener. I have yellow teeth from age and I have tried baking soda teeth whitening products and nothing changing things particularly. Can some if the previous people who tried stuff report back too

  74. Ella says:

    I use baking soda and toothpaste combine, it is safe to my children to use?

    • Anna says:

      Ya!!!! Is any of this stuff safe for children??????? I want to try it but my dad says that it could not be safe for children……

      • Diana says:

        I think it would be fine as long as they are careful not to swallow it, but I would ask a professional just to be sure

  75. Sia says:

    The baking soda water mix was really helpful! Thanks

  76. Elle says:

    Hello,
    i usually go to the dentist to whiten my teeth, every 2 months. But does anyone know if these great ideas actually work? because that would be so wonderful if they do. i was reading this other article the other day and it said for the lemon and baking soda to not keep it on for over 30 seconds. I was just wondering if anyone tried them and had some feedback.
    Thank You (: ~Elle

    • Diana says:

      I tried the baking soda and water replacing the lemon juice, and after only doing it once I’m already seeing results! I only keep it in my mouth for 15-30 seconds though so it won’t break down my teeth

  77. Pinaki says:

    is there any specification for the coconut oil to be used. or any coconut oil available in the market would do…

  78. Sammi says:

    Hey! After how long do you see results from oil pulling?

  79. breana says:

    Im going to try the baking soda and water tonight … do i put the peroxide inside the baking soda paste or brush with peroxide afterwards? also, Can i still use regular tooth paste while doing the baking soda paste ?

  80. Jamie says:

    I plan on doing the baking soda/lemon/water in the nights and the coconut oil pulling in the mornings. Is this overdoing it?

    • Diana says:

      It might be, it seems like a lot you would be pulling out a lot of the enamel and such, which is not good for your teeth

  81. Lucille says:

    Whilst these remedies might be “natural” and might show results for “whiter” teeth, they are not healthy for the oral cavity. Although products such as baking soda have been used as home care adjuncts for decades, it can be destructive to both the teeth and gums. Baking soda is much too abrasive to use on the teeth. You might not see negative results after one use, but long-term use can cause abrasion and recession. Abrasion and recession can then lead to tooth sensitivity, cavities, and most importantly periodontal disease (which would render treatment more costly than professional whitening). Also-when whitening, you are not changing the color of the enamel. Whitening targets the dentin of the tooth not the enamel. However, I agree that it is important to use products to strengthen enamel. Products containing fluoride are great for strengthening the enamel.

  82. Corvo says:

    hey i want to ask about baking soda + lemon juice mixture

    i’ve tried it twice, but in previous week i do it twice in a week, and last sunday i do it

    but, something terrible happened, my teeth are going to more yellow on second week

    but, on the first try my teeth are get whiter

    do you know what is makes my teeth are back to get yellow? thanks :)

  83. Randy says:

    Hello, I know the good things about baking soda. My question is: how long can I store baking soda and water or lemon. And strawberry, salt and baking soda. how is the best way to do this. Thanks for the information.

  84. anonymous says:

    For each remedy, how frequently do we have to do? Like, once a week or once per 4-5 days? Thanks.

  85. Mayra says:

    Can I use the baking soda and water on a crown?

  86. anom says:

    Be careful with the lemon juice method, lemon juice can eat straight through the enamel. Ask any dentist, its very acidic and thats why you are supposed to dilute it. Adding it to a base will make it react and burn through gums and teeth.

  87. Rita says:

    Hello people! If you want to whiten your teeth in a fast way, just use baking soda+lemon. Mix it up, put it on your teeth and after 2 minutes you will have whiter teeth (If your teeth is not completely yellow). I had discolorated teeth. When I was young I used to put peroxide on my teeth and it had some effect: after about 1week I had nice white teeth, but the problem was, that my teeth were so weak, that one of them had broke. I went to the dentist and had my tooth repaired. After 3 months I went and did the laser-whitening. It was painful, but the results were awesome! Now, after 4 years I’m using some home-made methods that keep my teeth healthy and white. I discovered that even eating apples can whiten my teeth a bit. If you want to learn about that, go to shinyteethreview.com.

  88. Silvia says:

    Thanks! Hey, how often do you brush with that method? How manu times a week? And after you brushed the regular way?

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