Products claiming to give you a beautiful smile line the shelves in pharmacies these days. The problem? Many of these teeth whitening products contain chemical substances that can be harmful for your health and can even lead to erosion of tooth enamel.
Even a professional whitening treatment done by a dentist can cause painful sensitivity, and the methods used are not the least bit natural. But don’t lose hope: if you want a whiter, more brilliant smile, there is an effective natural remedy that you can do once a week, and it only takes a few ingredients like baking soda and a lemon.
How to whiten teeth in 3 minutes with baking soda and lemon
You can whiten your teeth at home naturally and affordably with just two simple, completely natural ingredients and a toothbrush. You will only need a few minutes and to do it once a week. This is what you will need:
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- Juice of half a lemon or lime
- A new toothbrush
- Put a tablespoon of baking soda in a small cup and squeeze in the juice of half a lemon or lime on top.
- The mixture will bubble as the baking soda reacts with the citric acid in the lemon juice.
- Once the bubbling has calmed down a little, take a toothbrush and stir the mixture to form a thick paste. If the paste is too liquid, add another pinch or two of baking soda until you reach the correct consistency.
- Put the paste on the toothbrush and brush your teeth thoroughly, just as you would with regular toothpaste.
- Rinse your mouth with lots of water, and that’s it! You’re done.
This to keep in mind when whitening your teeth with baking soda and lemon
- This natural home whitening remedy should be done no more than once per week in order to avoid damaging the protective enamel that covers your teeth.
- We recommend using a new, clean toothbrush the first time you try this method, and use that toothbrush specifically for this whitening treatment. In other words, don’t use it every day.
- If you don’t have lemons or limes on hand, 1-2 tablespoons of water can be substituted to form the whitening paste.
- This treatment is not recommended for people who wear braces, since this could cause uneven whitening that will be noticeable when the orthodontic fixtures are removed.
- The taste of the whitening mixture is sour and a bit strange, but the amount used for whitening is completely safe and nontoxic in case you swallow it by accident (although it’s possible the taste will make you nauseas if this happens to you).
- After just one month of use (only four treatments), you should begin to see results in the form of a whiter, more brilliant smile.