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Old 08-10-2006, 09:30 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I hate the color of my teeth--kind of a yellowy grey (thank you, tetracycline). They tend to look okay after being polished at the dentist, but not for long. I have rather sensitive teeth, too, and the first time I stuck a Crest Whitestrip on, I had almost instant shooting pain. Yow.

Anything I can try at home that's gentle, yet tried-and-true?
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Most people use baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to whiten teeth.

Wet your brush into the hydrogen peroxide and dip into fresh baking soda. Brush your teeth. Do not swallow the mixture.

Some people develop sensitivities to hydrogen peroxide. You can use the hydrogen peroxide for a few days and stop. You won't have any issues with the wet brush and baking soda (use water to wet your brush instead).

Arm and Hammer makes baking soda toothpaste and baking soda and peroxide toothpaste. I personally buy the regular baking soda one (Dental Care). This toothpaste is less abrasive than most regular toothpastes and is WAY less abrasive than standard whitening toothpastes.

http://www.drbunn.com/tthpste.htm

http://www.ohwhatbeautifulteeth.com/Article1.cfm?ID=52
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We use regular, cheap peroxide. Our routine is to brush, then simply take a "sip's worth" of peroxide in your mouth, and let it set/foam for up to 2 minutes. Some people dilute it w/ water, but we don't. My husband and his family tend to have the yellow teeth thing going on genetically. My hubby is the only one using the treatment, and his teeth are very white!
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By the way, the 'cheap peroxide' or the hydrogen peroxide we're referring to is the 3% hydrogen peroxide solution you can find in antiseptic aisles of any major chain store - it's usually in the brown plastic bottles. A big bottle is like, $1.00.
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What Spastica said.

I repeat this routine daily (you can also put a little peppermint oil on top of the bs for an added zing) with pretty good results. It's not an overnight fix, but with prolonged use, it will work.

Also, avoid colas, teas, coffee, blueberries or any other food that will stain your teeth.
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strawberries and baking soda! i'm NAK but you can google it.
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The strawberries and baking soda or lemon juice and baking soda as other people post on the internet can only be done once. Otherwise it wreaks havoc on your enamel.
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Also, avoid colas, teas, coffee, blueberries or any other food that will stain your teeth.


But I can't! I love them all so very much. Tea, most of all. Ah well.

Thanks for all the suggestions! I figured that baking soda and hydrogen peroxide were what I needed, I just had no idea of the amounts and such. I'll give it a try.
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It's not an exact science, you can use the wet brush method and a small swish of the peroxide.

If you have deep rooted internal stains, it won't help, but it's worth a try.
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I use Tom's of Maine flouride-free toothpaste with whitening. I've used it for probably 6 months and have noticed that my teeth are a lot whiter. It's not a quick fix, but it's worked really well for me. Better than when I had used conventional toothpastes for whitening (before I got crunchy, lol). Sorry to say they are owned by Colgate now though, so if that bothers you......

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Oh, I forgot hubby uses a popular brand of toothpaste w/ baking soda in it, and I'm afraid to mention the name because of a prior post. He also uses a tartar control mouthwash, but I'm not a big fan of that. BS and peroxide are the best and most effective yet he's tried. Funny, he swears by THESE home "remedies", but I can't convince him of others.................
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