Carefully follow the directions included on any teeth whitening product you purchase. Leaving whitening products on longer than is recommended can have painful consequences, such as inflamed gums and increased tooth sensitivity. To further protect your teeth, once you’ve finished the whitening, stay away from acidic beverages like sports drinks or sodas. An interesting tip with respect to tooth whitening involves lemon and baking soda. If you squeeze some lemon juice onto baking soda then use the paste to brush your teeth, it actually can help whiten your teeth. This is because of the chemical reaction between baking soda and lemon acid. Strips that whiten your teeth are inexpensive and can be found nearly anywhere. Simply place the strip on your teeth for the amount of time given in the instructions, and your teeth will be whitened. These strips have tended to offer poor results, and while they used to be very popular, they are not bought as much by consumers.
Many whitening strips must be left on the teeth for two hours, leaving the product on that long can cause gum sensitivity to some people. To help alleviate gum sensitivity use whitening strips that only take 30 minutes. These may take longer to work, but won’t irritate your gums. Decrease the amount of mouthwash you use. If you use it regularly and your teeth are not as white as you would like, you should stop using it. There are various chemical ingredients contained in mouthwash. The way your teeth react to some chemicals may cause discoloration or staining.
Take the time after you eat or drink to rinse your mouth out with water. By quickly washing away all traces of a food or liquid, you will find it much easier to keep your teeth white. This preventive rinsing will not allow stains time to set.
Toothpaste which claims to whiten your teeth often is little different than regular toothpaste. The product is unlikely to make a big difference to your teeth whiteness, so why spend the extra cost? It will be a waste of money.
Drinking water after consuming beverages that stain teeth can keep your teeth white. A glass of water taken after drinking coffee or tea will keep their stain-causing agents from setting. Also try drinking dark drinks through straws or using non-skim milk in your coffee. Strawberries are one food that can naturally whiten your teeth. Strawberries are made up in such a way that they can make your teeth whiter without the use of harsh chemicals. Puree strawberries to make a homemade toothpaste, or rub fresh strawberries directly on your teeth. If you use a tray to whiten your teeth, be sure it fits on your teeth. Badly-fitted trays can spread the whitening chemicals to your gums where they can cause inflammation and irritation. Stop using the product if this happens to you. Check to make sure that the product doesn’t come in multiple sizes.