How to whiten teeth with lemon juice and salt

Home Remedies for Teeth Whitening      

Whitening your teeth is a simple technique to improve your appearance and possibly make you look younger. More people are seeking a natural approach to dental care and may experiment with "natural home treatments," many of which have been passed down from generation to generation. However, there are several reasons to exercise extreme caution while looking for simple solutions to brighten a grin.

The Origins of Teeth Whitening

Between 1800 and 1850, the advent of commercial toothpaste provided Americans concerned with oral health and whiter smiles with their first "go-to" product. Years of research on the element fluoride resulted in another big improvement in the 1960s, with cavity-fighting and teeth-whitening fluoride toothpaste.

Another significant stride forward was made in the 1980s, when recently stabilized hydrogen peroxide compositions allowed real whitening toothpaste to be manufactured and sold to a public eager for whiter, brighter smiles.

Extremely powerful whitening techniques based on carbamide and hydrogen peroxide formulae became available to the general public in the 1990s and 2000s. Whitening technologies based on this formula are now evolving at a breakneck pace.

Despite a large range of teeth whitening toothpaste and massively popular whitening kits, strips, lamps, and other procedures, some people continue to use so-called home cures, primarily for financial reasons. Most, however, do not work and can be deadly if done incorrectly.

1. Lemon Juice


To whiten teeth, some people recommend brushing or rinsing with lemon juice. However, lemon juice contains citric acid, which can affect teeth by causing them to lose calcium, which gives teeth their off-white hue. 1 Calcium is irreplaceable once it is lost.

The pH of lemons is 2.3, which is relatively low. The lower the pH, the more acidic the solution. When you directly apply lemon juice to your teeth, it begins to cause damage almost instantly.

Dentists frequently have to deal with tooth decay caused by patients sucking on lemons.

Combining lemon juice with baking soda, which is occasionally advocated, is likewise a bad idea. Not only will the lemon juice's acid (which has been known to disintegrate actual bone) leach calcium from teeth, but the baking soda will erode tooth enamel, potentially causing lasting harm.

2. Strawberries


Another "home treatment" that claims to help whiten teeth but can be hazardous. Strawberries obtain their tooth-whitening power from ascorbic acid, which is detrimental to teeth. 2

If someone chooses to brush their teeth with strawberries, they should immediately follow up with fluoride toothpaste and floss.

A modest study compared the results of commercial whitening kits to a mixture of strawberries and baking soda. The strawberry and baking soda combination produced the least whitening results.

3. Apples




How about chomping on an apple to whiten your teeth? While apples have many beneficial properties, one of them is that they can help you whiten your teeth gently.

Apples are OK as a snack, but they should not be used to replace oral hygiene practices such as brushing and flossing.

And any brightness that may occur is due to an apple's naturally occurring malic acid—but you'd have to consume so many apples to observe any difference that you risk acid-based damage again.

4. Baking Soda


Baking soda will not bleach your teeth, but as an abrasive, it will eliminate plaque. But be cautious. Baking soda has an abrasive property that can harm tooth enamel if used too regularly. Most commercial toothpaste will remove stains as effectively as baking soda, but without the hazards or side effects.

In 2017, the Journal of the American Dental Association published an article on the benefits of baking soda for oral health. They found that using  a toothpaste containing baking soda (rather than raw baking soda) was successful for eliminating stains and whitening teeth, as well as being low enough in abrasively to be suitable for everyday use.

5. Wood Ash



Can you believe that some people say brushing your teeth with wood ash from your fireplace is a safe way to whiten your teeth? Because it contains potassium hydroxide, sometimes known as lye, wood ash whitens teeth.

Only hardwood ash has substantial potassium hydroxide concentrations; softwood ash does not. Whitening using wood ash is risky. The abrasiveness of potassium hydroxide may cause substantial harm to your teeth over time.

6. Sea Salt

To whiten teeth, some people recommend a paste or "rub" of sea salt mixed with water or even an acid, such as cider vinegar. The use of abrasive materials in conjunction with acid-based vinegar will most likely brighten teeth slightly, but not significantly more than a commercial application.

Furthermore, repeated usage of the salt/vinegar paste will cause tooth decay or increased sensitivity.

Be cautious rather than sorry.




The main reason you should avoid whitening home treatments is that they are easily misapplied. Because no formulas or processes have been developed to ensure safe use, there is a real risk of serious and irreversible tooth or gum damage.

There is no way of knowing how any single home treatment might affect your unique teeth or gums because no dentist checks your dental health before you begin using it.

Companies, on the other hand, invest hundreds of hours evaluating their commercial teeth whitening products and processes in order to develop a standardized application routine that is safe for the majority of people.

Furthermore, if you choose a teeth whitening procedure that requires dental supervision, you can be confident that your dentist will check your oral health before beginning, adding a second degree of care and caution to avoid damage or discomfort.


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