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whitening teeth naturally?

topic posted Mon, April 3, 2006 - 4:06 PM by  nux
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so, i am gettin' on in years, just turned 37, and i have been a tea drinker so my teeth tend to the yellowish *cringe*....i am wondering, what have you tried that has really worked to whiten teeth naturally, and how long did it take? gimme the dirt!!!!!

also, out of curiosity, before anyone recommends crest white strips, i am wondering if anyone has info on why NOT to use crest white strips and related products. edumakate me.
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    Re: whitening teeth naturally?

    Mon, April 3, 2006 - 5:08 PM
    Avid tea drinker here, which, I regret to report, stains more than coffee. (But think of all the antioxidants we're getting!)

    So here's the DIY, low-cost skinny on homemade teeth whitening:
    Hydrogen peroxide. Right before bedtime after brushing your teeth, take one capful of hydrogen peroxide to 1 capful of water and rinse your mouth. It will foam a bit, but it's natural (like when you put H202 on a cut or something.) Let all that H202 goodness do its thing while you sleep. It's also great for eliminating odor-causing bacteria from your mouth.

    If done daily, you'll see results in about 2-3 weeks, perhaps sooner.
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      Mon, April 3, 2006 - 7:17 PM
      My friend does the very same thing, he drinks coffee and tea multiple times a day and his teeth are white white white. Wondering why I haven't started myself. I will now.
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        powdered msm

        Mon, April 3, 2006 - 8:55 PM
        powdered msm (available at any natural food place) does the same thing as hydrogen peroxide and also promotes super good mouth homeostasis and is great for yr joints and bones when injested- so swallowing it isn't a problem
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      Mon, April 3, 2006 - 10:00 PM
      hmm, I've put HP on my toothbrush and brushed with it, but I always rinse after. I'll try w/out the rinse/
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        Mon, April 3, 2006 - 10:47 PM
        what about brushing with baking soda and rinsing with the HP/water? has anyone tried that? isn't baking powder good for that sort of thing?
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          Mon, April 3, 2006 - 10:48 PM
          bleh...tired....i meant baking powder, not baking soda. EW.
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            Mon, April 3, 2006 - 11:34 PM
            you are tired...
            baking soda was right, baking powder ~ no.
            and even the powder, only once a week, it's very abrasive
            and can wear away enamel if used to often.
            the crest/colgate whiteners have been linked to cancer of the tongue.
            h/p is an oxydizer, not happy for the body, ANTIoxidant is the way to go.

            msm pwder, yes. good for the mouth, good for the body. good for the environment?
            maybe not but i'd say the best of the bunch.
            the best whitener? lots of water, raw green veggies, and cut out the tea/coffee.

            i don't know that the super white tooth trend is one that i admire anyhow.
            think ross from friends, it just gets to be a bit too much. teeth aren't meant to be that colour.
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              Tue, April 4, 2006 - 8:52 AM
              i am not after super white, and i actually haven't drank coffee for years, i drink about one cup of green tea in the morning for health reasons. :) i have it with my yoga or meditation and it is a nice bit of my day. i just want to lighten them a bit.
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      Tue, April 4, 2006 - 11:05 PM
      I used to brush with this until I found out it can break down your teath. Essentially you want to rinse well afterwards. I would not suggest leaving it on your teeth overnight
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        Tue, April 4, 2006 - 11:16 PM
        Brush with what exactly, Collette?
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          Wed, April 5, 2006 - 10:03 PM
          Sorry this doesn't always respond to the one I want.

          Don't leave peroxide on your teeth overnight. I on occasion put some peroxide on my toothbrush with a little water. But I rinse really well afterwards.

          Straight peroxide on your teeth overnight will break them down
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            Thu, April 6, 2006 - 10:19 AM
            "Straight peroxide on your teeth overnight will break them down"

            I disagree and can't find anything to support this claim. I checked out the ADA site and found some interesting info re: tooth whitening. The quote below references carbamide peroxide, which is what dentists use for tray whitening and is considerably stronger -- and thus faster acting -- than household H2O2.

            "Studies evaluating 10% carbamide peroxide whiteners have found minimal or no effect on the microhardness or mineral content of tooth enamel surfaces. Scanning electron microscope studies of the enamel of teeth that have been bleached have typically not shown damage either. As a point of comparison, studies have shown that exposure to soft drinks and fruit juices can cause comparable or greater alteration of tooth enamel than tooth whiteners. "
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      Thu, April 27, 2006 - 9:57 PM
      I'm definitely going to be trying that, but I was just wondering, do you rinse again with water after you rinse with the water/peroxide mix, or just spit out the foam and leave the residue? Great tip, btw!
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      Sun, September 4, 2011 - 9:07 PM
      This is so dead on.. My dad taught me from about the age of 10 on, I would first take my toothbrush, run it under water so its adhesive, then put your toothpaste onto the toothbrush, then just gently turn your brush bristle side down and very gently get just a little bit of baking soda on top of the toothpaste on the toothrush... it will be a little gritty you'll probably salivate more than usual...but give it a good brushing like that.. and then add the hydrogen peroxide right before bedtime, after brush, and this can be done after every brushing, but right before bed and first up is best.. gargle a capful of peroxide to 1 capful of water and just rinse and spit.. The 2 combined should whiten several shades
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    Mon, April 3, 2006 - 11:20 PM
    The crest strips I have used with good success, but they do tend to make my teeth a bit sensitive.
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      Tue, April 4, 2006 - 3:59 AM
      My understanding is that the sensitivity comes from the enamel being weakened, and that hydrogen peroxide does the same thing, making teeth more prone to stains than before using.

      I don't know anything about msm, but it sounds interesting and I definately want to look into it now. What is it and what's it from?
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        Tue, April 4, 2006 - 6:52 AM
        do any of the natural whiteners work on dental work?? White strips and any commercial whiteners only work on natural teeth. I have composite veneers on two teeth in the front section of my mouth....because of this, I can't use anything unless I want to pay to have veneers redone to match the new shade.
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          Wed, April 5, 2006 - 10:07 PM
          I remember my grandma using baking soda with lime squeezed over it to brush her teeth, and she drinks alot of coffee, but her teeth stay with with this method.
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    Thu, April 6, 2006 - 1:24 PM
    Strawberries are known to remove plaque and whiten teeth, because of their gentle cleansing and bleaching properties. Brush with halved strawberries and then brush with baking soda or flouride toothpaste immediately afterwards. =D
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      Thu, April 6, 2006 - 1:42 PM
      i use nature's gate natural whitening gel
      it has bamboo powder and stevia
      it has lots of good stuff in itbaking soda,goldenseal,sage,licorice,silica,calcium ascorbate,mintoils..
      it has done well for me whiter teeth..
      drink alot of tea and love it!
      sorry to say i also smoke a little ok sometimes alot..
      i don't think any of these ingred..
      are harmfull to the enamel.
      been using for about two years.
      overall dental and gum health has improved and tastes great .
      stevia extract!!!!
      alot of other toothpaste has lots in it that isn't great for you...
      considering brushing is daily multiple times it adds up...
      ok smoking is bad for you in more ways than can count....
      thats next for me..
      any natural solutions to help quite....
      don't do regularly but enough to be prob...
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    Thu, April 6, 2006 - 3:55 PM
    DO NOT USE ANY BLEACH KITS
    they should have something in them to remineralize your teeth. those crest strips will damage the enamel no matter what they say. many people have sensitivity problems after using them.


    the easiest way to do it. just brush your teeth and give up the staining things for awhile while you are doing this. it takes a couple months. when was the last time you had your teeth professionally cleaned? this also whitens them a bit and with the flouride treatments it gives more a of pearly sheen.

    i used a kit i got off of ebay the seller was "sunshine distributers" the kit worked out really well. BUT you cant have tooth decay and use the kit.
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      Wed, April 19, 2006 - 11:17 AM
      actually nearly all of the bleach kits on the market are not harmful for your teeth. they all do varying degrees of whitening, and unfortuntately the ones that show the most whitening changes are the more expensive ones. however, the brush on kinds also work wonders. I have talked to my dentist a lot about these products because keeping my teeth nice is super important to me. I drink tea CONSTANTLY and coffee is another one of my vices. i have heard that hydrogen peroxide can alter the homeostasis of your mouth, but as i had no idea it could help whiten your teeth, i have never asked my dentist ab using it and leaving it on there. I know that when i have a canker sore, this is one of the first things i whip out to help those bad boys. but anyway, i really just wanted to make sure that people arent reading these and getting scared of market bleach kits. i believe consumer report did an article on them and shows the positives and negatives of using them. i do know that after reading the insert inside of crest white strips you feel like you cant eat anything. but thats not so fun either. well happy whitening!
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        Wed, April 19, 2006 - 3:09 PM
        I usually use baking soda and lemon juice (rinse thoroughly) . I am coffee addict, and it works for me. If I am going someplace special and want to blind the the people with my teeth, I will use apple cider vinegar instead of lemon juice. Not too tasty, but very effective with a wicked foaming action.
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          Thu, April 20, 2006 - 9:18 PM
          baking soda is supposed to be amazing for your teeth, but i just cant do it. its too gross tasting. lol i'll just have to stick to my listerine whitening lol
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    Mon, May 8, 2006 - 12:16 PM
    i hadn't noticed it myself, but someone else doing the Master Cleanse on curezone said that a side effect of doing the Master Cleanse was her teeth were very white. apparently she is a coffee drinker and has seen a dentist prior to doing the clenase to estimate a teeth bleach, but afterwards doesn't need it anymore.

    For those of you who don't know, the MC is a fast where you drink only natural lemonade for 10+ days.

    I actually couldn't stand feeling the lemondade washing over my teeth and sipped my lemondae through a straw.
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      Tue, May 9, 2006 - 7:18 AM
      I've been trying the HP method suggested here (gargle no rinse). I saw results in 3 days and have had no sensitivity. I did previously have severe sensitivity with packaged dental whiteners, so I had thought there was no hope for me. After getting a natural white I stopped and do it about twice a week to keep the coffee/tea/red wine stains away. It did indeed change the homeostasis of my mouth as well.

      I'm off to get the pearlies cleaned in the next month, and plan on quizzing the dentists about it.
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        Wed, May 10, 2006 - 5:04 PM
        I tried the Hydrogen Peroxide as well. I brushed with it and unfortunately my gums became really sensitive after the second time I used it. I thought that the the extended brushing mixed with the HP caused the sensitivity. It actually kind of scared me because my gums started to hurt in places. I have never had sensitive teeth so it kind of freaked me out for a minute. It's a bummer too because it was definitely working. My teeth looked great. Maybe I'll try again with just swishing it in my mouth. I'm glad it worked for you! I think it's time to go to the dentist anyway- I could have some sort of gum problem...ugh!
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          Thu, May 11, 2006 - 12:10 PM
          Try diluting it 50/50 with water. That happens to me sometimes if my mix is too strong.
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            Sun, May 14, 2006 - 2:38 AM
            Well, considering I use baking soda to remove coffee & tea stains from my mugs and it works like a charm, it should work well on teeth? Even if its nasty? I'm gonna try it!
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              Sun, May 14, 2006 - 2:08 PM
              don't forget that you can combine your ingredients to make treatments that are effective, smell good, are natural; these can follow some of the more unpalatable or radical treatments (like whitestrips, applecider vin and hydrogen peroxyde)

              i try most ingredients on the own the first time so i can taste it and know what it's like; it's effect and how it feels in or on the body, and then start combining them....

              cinnamom, orange, ginger, ginseng, clove and tea tree oils each go great in combinations _with_ baking soda,


              i like baking soda with:

              #1) orange, cinnamon, vit C, Aloe Vera, stevia & parsley these days

              #2) clove, orange, tea tree and stevia
              #3) ginger and tea tree is one of my favourites - so clean


              Going by what tastes good together is important, especially when we have a willingess to try a lot of little samples of unusual flavours and preparations to wake our palate to the brilliance of whole, safe ingredients like certain essential oils etc, vitamins, raw ground herbs etc. what people have used, what tastes / smells nice, what economical, easy to prepare and effective...

              When discovering a new ingredient for a medicinal recipe we sometimes find different things it will work with. Alchemy!

              And sometimes we discover medicine that has uses beyond the initial intended use...
  • Re: whitening teeth naturally?

    Sat, June 10, 2006 - 9:28 PM
    here's what a friend told me......
    ''Baking soda, in fact, does not take the enamel off teeth. (my dad's a dentist) Most dentists recommend using baking soda to brush teeth everyday instead of toothpaste. It tastes really bad though so I don't use it.''
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    Mon, June 12, 2006 - 3:17 PM
    Delurking.

    I want to add the preventitive: what stains your teeth? Coffee, tea, usually. And blueberries! If you love blueberries, juice and tea as well as the fruit, beware it will stain your teeth slightly. Solution? Drink these wonderful beverages, slightly cooler than usual, through a straw. Doing so makes most of the beverage miss your teeth. \Works well with colas, too. This way, not only will you whiten your teeth, you will keep them whiter.
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    Re: whitening teeth naturally?

    Wed, June 16, 2010 - 8:34 PM
    Things I researched on google:

    -stevia kills tooth decay causing bacteria - many toothpaste brands are adding it
    -glycerin in toothpaste is bad, as it coats the teeth and does not allow saliva to make contact - saliva re-mineralizes teeth
    -tooth whitening treatments dehydrate your teeth, this makes them look extra white, until they absorb staining even more -
    www.teethwhiteningreviews.com/art....php
    -don't eat lots of fruit, or drink fruit juices, they sound healthy, but the sugars eat your teeth
    -eat a low carb diet - bread caught between your teeth is far worse than even candy that dissolves quickly
    -eat low carb candy, dark chocolate is usually low carb if the cocoa % is high
    -soda and coffee are acidic - soda is worse - it eats your teeth (also throws off your bodies pH)

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      Thu, October 28, 2010 - 1:31 AM
      though Oregon Grape Root has a very strong yellow color less intense say that of tumeric but I feel that it may have some teeth whitening powers as I saw my friends teeth whiten as we brushed our teeth with this fresh root form the ground in Cascadia, Oregon.
      Lemon is very acidic and I feel that it makes my teeth sensitive and strips a layer of enamel off of my teeth
      I also am interested in trying the Perozide method perhaps Diluted 50/50 as someone said earlier
      I avoid Floride and Bleach as Floride may kills bad bacteria in your mouth it also kills beneficial bacteria as your intestinal flora and lowers your immune system and can cause a stomach ache
      and Bleach I just don't feel is meant to be ingested
      Bon Chance!
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        Thu, January 27, 2011 - 8:26 PM
        Since this post now I use Lemon with effect and realized it was the refined sugar that made myteeth sensitive not the fresh lemon

        Neem and Amla powder, Orris root, and Calamus seem all to whiten my teeth in my tooth powder, noticed how bright my teeth were in a photo recently
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    Sat, September 10, 2011 - 10:32 PM
    This is a very interesting post. I have been using a dab of baking soda and pour a bit of HP over the top and brush about twice a week, after I brush with my regular all natural tooth paste. This seems to work very well, and I don't have not had any sensitivity problems. I would like to try the rinse however!

    Now I must say, any advice that involves 'low carb' anything-- RUN!! Your body NEEDS carbohydrates, in a big bad way. Here's why:
    Our brains run solely off of glucose, which is what carbohydrates break down in your body as. The body cannot convert anything into glucose for brain food, other than protien. So, the body takes it's protien stores and uses them to be converted into glucose. This creates what is called ketones in the body, and puts it into ketosis. This is extremely unhealthy, and we do not yet know the long term effects of taking carbohydrates out of the diet. The less processed breads and carbohydrates you can find the better, I eat sprouted grain bread. No preservatives- just delicious raw energy! Also, why do you think people who go "low carb" always gain the weight plus more back when they start to again intake carbs? To take an essential part of the diet out is putting the body in a very unatural state, we must respect and appreciate our bodies for their amazing qualities, and nourish it as best as we know how!

    Thank you!
    Paige
  • Re: whitening teeth naturally?

    Wed, June 27, 2012 - 4:29 AM
    Well, there are a range of non-peroxide teeth whitening kits available on the market as well There's a bit of a to do in European Parliament at the mo about peroxide levels in teeth whitening kits (see: www.teeth-whitening-kits.org.uk/ne...ts/ ) and the EU wants to put a squeeze on availability of these kits in the UK (where i am)
    so now we've got a range of non-peroxide whitening kits on the market.

    I also found this article about natural at home teeth whitening recipes that may help you. See: www.teethwhiteningathome.com/gui...pes/

    All the best!
  • Re: whitening teeth naturally?

    Fri, October 26, 2012 - 2:28 AM
    You may try these:
    1: The most simply way is add a little bit salt in your toothpaste. Keep doing that for about a week, you would get the result.
    2: Chew some peanut in your mouth, then brush your teeth with the peanut. Twice a day, it's really help.
    3: Mix your toothpaste with a few drop of vinegar, then brush your teeth. The vinegar can soften the dirty on your teeth.

    Hope it helps :p
  • Re: whitening teeth naturally?

    Wed, March 6, 2013 - 8:06 PM
    Teeth that are badly stained or yellowed because of taking some type of medication like tetracycline can't be whitened naturally. Only a dentist will be able to whiten your teeth.

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