I used to use those horrid white strips. You know the ones I’m talking about. I don’t know about you but they left me in complete and total pain! If the wind blew, that was enough pressure to drive me mad. Not to mention the fact that I could never get them to stick. And that I felt like I shouldn’t really swallow cause, heck, who knows what’s on those things anyways?
To get back to the point (was I ever on it in the first place? Oops!) I have been using an all-natural, easy-peasy DIY teeth whitening paste for awhile now and have seen great results! Did I mention it was easy?
What you will need:
- Aluminum-free baking soda: whitens teeth and freshens breath (Click here to purchase)
- 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide*: whitens teeth and fights bacteria (Click here to purchase)
- Peppermint essential oil: fights bacteria and provides flavor (Click here to purchase)
Simply mix one teaspoon baking soda with one teaspoon hydrogen peroxide into a smooth paste and add a few drops of the essential oil. Dip your toothbrush in the paste and brush for about 2 minutes before brushing with regular toothpaste.
*Please note that food grade hydrogen peroxide differs greatly from the run-of-the-mill hydrogen peroxide found in the drugstore, which is not safe to ingest as it contains many heavy metals. I bought mine at Whole Foods in the personal care section. It was $8.99 for a 16 oz bottle which admittedly is about five times the cost of the generic drugstore brand. But using it solely for this purpose, I know it will last me quite a long time. Also, if it’s going in my mouth, it want it to me safe, which I’m sure you’ll agree with.
While I first used this paste for a few days in a row, I’ve decided to start using it just once a week for maintenance, sort of like a weekly face mask application. It has kept my pearly whites in tip-top shape and I have not experienced any sensitivity!