Noticing that your teeth are looking a bit stained or less-than white can make it hard to feel confident about your smile. Store-bought teeth whitening products can help remove stains and restore whiteness, but they certainly do not come cheap. (A single box of teeth whitening strips can cost between $20-40!)
But there’s a much cheaper way to whiten your teeth at home, using the very same active ingredient found in most store-bought teeth whitening products (and even treatments from a dentist, for that matter): hydrogen peroxide!
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Today I’ll be sharing a simple, at-home hydrogen peroxide rinse that you can use to help whiten your teeth and remove surface stains safely and effectively. But before we get to that, let’s briefly compare how this at-home hydrogen peroxide treatment works compared to those store-bought whitening products.
Can I Whiten My Teeth At Home With Hydrogen Peroxide?
In a word, yes. But it won’t be as quick (or as hard on your teeth) as those store-bought whitening products. That’s because most those products list 10% hydrogen peroxide as their active ingredient. It’s more concentrated version of the brown bottle of hydrogen peroxide you can buy at the grocery store, which is a more diluted 3% solution.
But regular 3% hydrogen peroxide can also be effective for whitening teeth when used at home as a rinse treatment. As long as you perform the rinse regularly, you can enjoy the whitening effects of peroxide without experiencing the sensitivity often caused by store-bought whitening treatments. (And that sounds like a win-win to me!)
How To Do A Teeth Whitening Hydrogen Peroxide Rinse
Step 1 – Mix
Combine equal amounts of water and 3% hydrogen peroxide in a small cup.
Step 2 – Swish
Swish the diluted hydrogen peroxide around your mouth for about 30 seconds, or up to 1 minute. Be sure not to swallow the mixture. (Ingesting hydrogen peroxide won’t do any serious harm, but it could lead to some unpleasant vomiting!)
Step 3 – Spit
After swishing, spit the solution out and follow up with a good brushing. Repeat the rinse treatment 2-3 times per week to improve oral health and whiten teeth.
Tips For Maintaining White Teeth & Avoiding Stains
To help keep your teeth nice and white and avoid developing further staining, it helps to know what kinds of foods and drinks contribute to surface stains on your teeth. Here are a few things you may want to avoid eating or drinking where possible:
- Energy drinks
- Coffee & tea
- Red wine
- Carbonated drinks
- Tomato-based sauces
- Citrus fruits
When you do eat or drink things from that list, brushing your teeth directly afterward can help prevent stains. You can carry around a few disposable toothbrushes like these ones for just such occasions. They don’t require any water to use, so you use them at work, while you’re out to lunch, or anywhere else you happen to be!
Now that you’re armed with the information you need to achieve and maintain whiter teeth, you’ll be exuding full-blown smile confidence in no time! :-) And for much more information about what you can do with hydrogen peroxide, be sure to check out my eBook Hydrogen Peroxide Magic! You can find it in my shop, or get it for free if you’re an OGT Plus member!
Have you tried any at-home teeth whitening treatments?