There are a number of ways to brighten and whiten your smile that can be done in the comfort of your own home, likely with items you already have on hand. Of course, the easiest way to remove surface stains is brushing with a mildly abrasive toothpaste, such as one containing baking soda, after every meal and snack. Adding a whitening mouthwash or oil pulling to your daily routine can also help keep teeth white. But when these solutions are not enough, it may be time to consider your options.

Two of the most effective DIY teeth whitening options are: baking soda and lemon juice paste, and baking soda, salt, and strawberry scrub. For the first, simply mix several teaspoons of baking soda with enough lemon juice to form a paste. Wipe teeth dry and apply the paste to the surface of the teeth, wait one to three minutes and rinse. If you are not sensitive to the acid in the lemon juice, this can be repeated every day until desired results are obtained.

The salt, baking soda and strawberry scrub is comprised of ½ teaspoon baking soda, a pinch of salt, and one to three strawberries. Mix these ingredients and apply the scrub in the same manner as the lemon juice paste, leaving it on for five minutes every night until optimal whiteness is achieved.

These at-home methods are all natural and easy to perform, but when staining is tenacious, it’s time to call in the professionals. Beaverton cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael Negru offers a number of safe and effective teeth whitening options that can lighten even the most stubborn of stains.

If you are looking for a professional teeth whitening solution in Aloha, Hillsboro, or surrounding areas of Oregon, please contact Bright Smile Dental to schedule an appointment today.