How to Whiten Teeth Naturally with Lemon and Baking Soda

Did you know that you can there’s a natural and very affordable way to whiten teeth? That’s right. You don’t have to spend hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars for teeth whitening laser treatment. As a matter of fact, your ingredients are too simple they can be found in your own kitchen. All you need are the following: lemon and baking soda.

Does this really work? It sure does! In Chemistry class, we were taught that when you combine lemon juice with baking soda, their product is an acid that can whiten teeth. I hate to be geeky, but for the purposes of illustration, here is the chemical reaction involved in the process, as illustrated in this chemical equation: C6H8O7 + 3NaHCO3 Na3C6H5O7 + 3H2CO3.

Lemon juice contains citric acid (C6H8O7), and baking soda is just sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3). As seen in the equation, mixing them produces carbonic acid (H2CO3).

Now, to get started, you’ll be needing baking soda and lemon. One lemon and a tablespoon of baking soda is enough. Although you can adjust the ratio to get the desired result / product.

Your objective is to create a paste, much like a toothpaste. Of course, you can’t reach the sticky consistency of toothpaste, but at least, you want the resulting paste to have the following characteristics: not too moist, and not too powdery either. So adjust if you must.

Once you’re satisfied with the paste, brush your teeth with it. Some people don’t like the smell and taste of the mixture, but find a way to ignore the smell. It can also sting on the tongue, but when this happens, you’ll produce more saliva, so just spit it out.

Do this two times a week. Don’t overdo it, lest your teeth’s enamel will weaken and will get damaged. Also, be patient. There’s no such thing as an instant result. The only “instant” that you’ll get is your teeth will feel cleaner, and that your breath will smell fresher.

It will take a few weeks or a few months before you see good results. And remember, this will be affected by your habits. For instance, if you smoke or drink coffee a lot, it’ll be harder to get whiter teeth as the nicotine in cigarettes and caffeine in coffee are known to stain the teeth.

Get a box of baking soda now and start whiten your teeth!