With our constantly on-the-go schedules, it can be tough to find the half an hour to sit and watch Netflix in your teeth whitening strips, or whatever else you use to keep those pearly whites, well, white. Which is why I wanted to share these seven in-a-pinch teeth whitening hacks for when you're in a hurry but still want to give your smile a boost.
1. Start With the Basics
Keeping your teeth clean is the most important part of a radiant smile. Be sure to brush twice a day with whitening tooth paste, floss regularly (they make whitening dental floss as well) and rinse with water after eating sugary snacks or drinking coffee. This will prevent buildup between the teeth during the day.
3. The Banana Peel Trick
This is an easy, inexpensive trick used by bloggers such as Amber Fillerup to whiten teeth. After you eat the banana, take the inside of the peel and rub it on your teeth and then rinse. While I haven't tried this trick before, she swears by it and says that she used it to whiten her teeth before her wedding in this YouTube video. While others don't quite agree that this is a teeth whitening miracle, there's no harm in trying it out!
4. Buy Toothpaste With High Peroxide Levels
Peroxide is the active ingredient in most teeth whitening products, according to Life Hack, so be sure to look for it on the label before you purchase a new toothpaste. Be careful not to use too much, however, otherwise it may make your teeth more sensitive.
6. Eat More Foods That Contain Malic Acid
Fruits like apples, pears and stawberries are malic acid rich and can actually help with whitening teeth,. according to Livestrong. Eating more of these foods will help naturally whiten teeth.
Baking soda is an ingredient you'll notice on the label of your toothpaste because of its stain removing properties, according to Colgate. Adding baking soda to strawberries or another food containing malic acid will create a DIY teeth whitening mixture that won't cost you a dime!
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