Whitening Teeth at Home During Lockdown

Cosmetic Dentistry | 08 Jan 2021

The time has come again where you should stay at home and keep your distance from all other humans while only leaving the house for only a few excusable reasons.

Well guess what? Going to the dentist is an excusable reason! So, if you really want a smile makeover this lockdown and get whiter teeth, give us a call and we can book you in for an appointment!

Get involved, this lockdown we are premiering our Instagram live chats with our dentists, find out what’s going on in the clinic, what we’re getting up to and great tips on how to maintain your teeth during these uncertain and stressful times!

Meanwhile, if you are staying home and you want to make your teeth whiter, here are a few at home remedies you can use to whiten your teeth at home. These are very popular methods to whiten your teeth and although they do work for many people, it is important to note that they are not scientifically proven. Your oral hygiene routine

Your first plan of action should be to brush your teeth in the correct manner, twice a day for two minutes each time! We get it, it’s a stressful time, sometimes your morning may begin at 2pm and you fall asleep at 3am. Either way, be sure that you are brushing your teeth before you go to sleep and right when you wake up regardless of what time that may be.

Flossing also always gets overlooked! Be sure to floss once a day as well, it’s so important to keep up the whiteness of your teeth.

Daily brushing and flossing along with regular cleaning at your dentist clinic, prevents the buildup of yellowing plaque on your teeth.

Diet

This is a really hard one, is this not the right time to binge eat snacks and watch Netflix? What you don’t realise is what you are eating actually impacts the colour of your teeth quite a lot. Eating fruits and vegetables with a high water content will help your teeth more than you know.

Limit staining foods and drinks

Foods and drinks such as coffee, red wine, tea, soft drinks and dark berries are infamous for staining teeth and contributing to making them yellow. This does not mean you should completely avoid these foods, you should just limit the amount of time these substances are consumed.

Calcium-rich foods such as cheese and milk are foods that may help protect your teeth. These foods will not reverse any staining but the calcium will help strengthen the enamel of your teeth in order to help keep them as white as possible.

Brush with baking soda

Baking soda is a great home remedy because it has natural whitening properties which is why it is a very popular ingredient in regular toothpaste.

It is important to note that this remedy will not whiten your teeth overnight, but let’s face it, we’re staying indoors for a while now, so, if you stick to this treatment, you should notice a difference in the appearance and colour of your teeth over time.

Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 2 teaspoons of water and brush your teeth with the paste. We recommend only doing this a few times per week. Brushing with a paste made of baking soda and water can actually reduce the bacteria in your mouth as well buff away surface stains on your teeth.

Fruit peels

Rubbing the peels of an orange, lemon or banana peels on your teeth is claimed to make your teeth whiter if you do this a couple times a week. Gently rub the fruit peels on your teeth for about 2 minutes. Be sure to thoroughly rinse out your mouth and brush your teeth after you do this method.

Oil pulling

This is a very popular method for naturally whitening your teeth at home. This involves swishing oil around your mouth to remove the bacteria. This is also usually done with coconut oil. Rinse the oil out of your mouth after you swish it around your mouth for 15-20 minutes. Practising this daily can heavily reduce the plaque on your teeth and may brighten your teeth to make them look whiter.

Be sure to spit the coconut oil into a bin or the toilet as it could return back to a solid form once it is in your drain pipe and cause a clogged drain.

Activated charcoal

You can buy activated charcoal as a powder. Mix the powder with water to make a paste. You can either brush your teeth with this paste or place it on your teeth with your fingers. You can also mix the activated charcoal powder with water to create a mouthwash.

Teeth Whitening in Wandsworth & Esher

 If you want your teeth whitened quickly, safely and professionally, book an appointment with us now at one of our dental practices in Esher and Wandsworth.

Contact us now to book an appointment to find out more about teeth whitening in our practices or whitening your teeth from home with one of our kits.