Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Because I love learning and love sharing what I learn with others, I think it's time to share a random tip of the day every now and then. Yes?
First random tip of the day...drumroll please....
Lighten and whiten teeth in less than two minutes.
I don't get out much so I'm well aware that a lot of you may already know this little trick, but I thought to share just in case there's somebody out there who hasn't tried it yet. And because let's face it, whether you're a writer or a reader (or a human being for that matter) drinking teas and coffee has become a longtime hard habit to break. Not to mention colas and berries tend to darken teeth.
That's right plain ol', good ol' baking soda.
I learned this trick many months ago and was so excited and amazed that it actually really worked.
I recently went to the dentist and mentioned my baking soda discovery to my dental hygienist.
Though I was more than afraid to share it with her, thinking she might ruin all the fun-I was 100% certain she'd scold me for one reason or another, but to my surprise, she agreed with my little discovery and had just recommended the same tip to a patient earlier in the day. No wonder we get along so great :D.
I realize they'll still might be a naysayer, but I'm good with my dental hygienist approving and as long as I don't abuse it, I feel pretty OK about it :)
So here it is. Baking soda wonders.
**Note: ALWAYS check with your dentist before trying any new whitening techniques. NOT advisable to use on veneers and dentures. May discolor.
1. Mix a generous amount of baking soda in a small cup/bowl/container.
2. Use a new (separate) toothbrush.
3. Add a little water at a time by dipping a toothbrush under the facet and into the cup. Careful not to add too much water.
Paste should be thick not runny. If it gets thinned out too much simply add more baking soda to desired consistency. If too thick, slowly add more water.
4. Leave paste on front of teeth for 1-2 minutes. Rinse.
May brush teeth after with minty toothpaste for that extra clean feeling.
Use a Sonic rotating toothbrush for an extra, extra dentist clean feel.
And that's it!!
Voila. Bling. Bling.
Repeat 1x a week, or like my dental hygienist says, "When needed."
I've also heard this technique used with lemon as well. However, I’m too chicken to allow lemon to sit on my teeth as I knew a person who loved to eat lemons as a child and it messed up their enamel big time. My dental hygienist agreed with me on that one.
So there you have it.
A quick and easy dazzling pick-me-up smile.
If baking soda isn't your thing and you prefer to use a store bought whitener, my absolute favorite is CrestWhitestrips Professional Strength.
But it's gotta be the PROFESSIONAL STRENGTH.
P.S. Nothing like waking up at 3 a.m. from a slumber sleep and inspiration nagging to write a post on baking soda and a vibrant smile.
Must be meant to be :)
Here’s to a NEW VIBRANT you!
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