To whiten my teeth, I just dip my toothbrush into a container of activated charcoal powder. I brush my teeth, rinse then brush with water to get rid of the black left from the charcoal. I don't do it every day because I don't want the charcoal to reduce the tooth enamel.
(St Paul, Alberta)
I tried brushing with activated charcoal in water. I can't believe how clean the teeth feel, and the plaque is really impacted. Does anyone have any hard data on bad effects for enamel, using this?
I got my charcoal from a pet shop that sells fish tank supplies. The charcoal seems to be super active. I have been using it to filter drinking water. Our tap water is just poisonous and disgusting. I taped a cloth around the spout of a large funnel and filled the spout with the charcoal and poured the water through. You can't buy a better water filter.
Using charcoal to brush your teeth common practice in Pacific Islands and probably a few other places ... it really does whiten the teeth.
I have been using baking soda as toothpaste twice a day for a couple years. I can say hands-down that it is the best toothpaste I have ever used. Not only during the first few weeks did my teeth get whiter, but when I go in for cleanings, they are so much quicker and easier to clean because there isn't as much plaque.
I mixed a little baking soda a little seasalt and a little lemon together brushed my teeth it was amazing much whiter teeth.
(San Antonio, TX, USA)
This really works! BUT KEEP USING TOOTH PASTE!!! This stuff can't clean alone it just whitens!
The Baking Soda things really does work my teeth were brighter after I brush!
2 Pinches of baking soda
5 Squeezes of lemon juice
3 Grinds of seasalt!!!
Since lemons are acidic, won't the juice in this recipe break down tooth enamel?
(Sacramento, Ca, Usa)
Baking Soda, Toothpaste, Peroxide
Baking soda, Tooth Paste, Hydrogen Peroxide .3%, and water
I started brushing my teeth with those items to whiten my teeth. It works slowly put you can see results in two days... but it also helps if you have black gums. cause my top gums were black but I notice after I started brushing with my mix (baking soda, hydrogen peroxide .03%, toothpaste, and water) after a few days 95% of the black on my gums were gone. You have to make sure you do it twice a day like your supposed to.
Just got dentures and one particularly good piece of advice for stains is to drink things like coffee and tea through a straw BUT I prefer both my coffee and tea hot, so...hot liquid and a plastic straw? No! Paper? Even worse.
Solution! A certain site that starts with an "A" has glass straws!
I tried 3% HP mixed with an equal amount of water for two days for stained teeth but didn't notice any difference. Then I tried 3% HP straight with no water, swished it around in my mouth as long as I could then brushed with regular toothpaste. Result was quite noticeable with my teeth turning at least a shade whiter with just one application. I was pleasantly surprised and plan to make this a part of my daily routine.
After my tooth experiment I purposed to use hydrogen peroxide in my mouth daily and see if I could whiten my teeth a bit. They have never been very white, though I have been blessed with pretty healthy teeth over the years.
I put a bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide in my shower. (Brown bottle from anywhere.)
Every day when I shower, I put some warm water into my mouth and then add some hydrogen peroxide. (My bathroom is cold the the peroxide is too cold to use straight. I also find straight 3% to feel a little strong to me anyway.)
I keep the hydrogen peroxide in my mouth for a few minutes. (But less than 5 because it really does foam up.) Then I just spit it out in the shower.
I started this a few weeks ago.
Yesterday I thought that my teeth were looking whiter. Today someone commented about my teeth looking whiter.
I plan to keep doing this. I just put a bigger bottle of hydrogen peroxide into my shower. I love EASY and SIMPLE remedies. The easier and simpler they are, the more likely people will follow through with them. I am no exception, here.
~Mama to Many~
Just a word of caution for when the weather warms up. My dentist had advised me that straight peroxide is damaging to tissue so it would be still good to dilute it with water.
I first swished, using it straight where the abscess came through the gums. It made my cheek & gum raw...very painful until it healed.
Hi, Has anybody ended up with a sore tongue after swishing 3% peroxide for teeth whitening? I only done this twice but for weeks now I feel I can still taste it, and my tongue is really sore. HELP! WHAT CAN I DO TO EASE THE SORENESS? Thanks.
Yikes, Clio51!!! Please DILUTE it!! I also do the swishing but with a VERY diluted amount and do see a slow whitening of my teeth. No rush.
Dear Clio51, it sounds to me like the hydrogen peroxide may have caused Burning Mouth Syndrome. Once you have sores on your tongue, certain things like the chemicals in some toothpastes can aggravate it and prevent healing. Check out this page on Earth Clinic: www.earthclinic.com/cures/burning-mouth-syndrome.html for tips. Please let us know how you are doing.
I haven't read this specifically, but if I were you, I would try oil pulling with organic virgin coconut oil to see if it eases the pain in your tongue from rinsing with hydrogen peroxide. Coconut oil is so gentle and effective for so many things, I'm wondering if it would help your mouth. One this is for sure, it can't hurt!
This soreness is an inflamed response or healing reaction due to peroxide killing bacterial or other infections. As the infections clear and the tissue becomes healthier this won't be an issue unless you attain a new infection and the peroxide must do its germ killing job again. Please only use food grade peroxide. Others contain additives which may be causing the irritation.
I just bought the full strength HP at health store to whiten my teeth, but how much should I dilute for it to be safe and effective?
If your gums get irritated the strength is too strong. Every one is different. What works for me is half water and half 3% hydrogen peroxide. Play with until you find your what works for you.
I have been using fghp after I brush my teeth. I take a swing of fghp & hold it in my mouth for 2-3 seconds & discharge into the sink. Then I will take my mouth wash & do the same. Your teeth will be whiter & cleaner. My dentist told me that fghp prevents plaque buid up.
Fghp=food grade hydrogen peroxide
(Falls Church, Virginia, U.s.a)
I would highly discourage using food grade hydrogen peroxide as a mouth rinse (or for any household application), and I cannot believe your dentist actually were so irresponsible to recommend it. FGHP is in 35% concentration, versus 3% concentration for the hydrogen peroxide you can buy from drug stores. At 35% concentration, hydrogen peroxide is highly toxic. IT WILL KILL YOU IF YOU SWALLOW JUST A SMALL AMOUNT. Even the fume from it can make you sick. FGHP is used in industry for bleaching textile and paper products. It is caustic enough that it will hurt your gum even if you don't swallow it, or blind you if you splashed it in your eyes.
The 3% peroxide is safe to use in most applications, but NOT for ingestion. Teeth whitening products contain peroxide in higher concentration but no where near food grade. Folks, don't use FGHP usless you dilute it down to lower concentration. Be very careful!
Edmundo - drug store HP is also toxic, even at the ~3%, which is why food grade HP is preferred. ALSO, not all FGHP is 35%, much of it is pre-diluted to the 3% and sold as FGHP, so you definitely need to understand what you are ingesting before you pop it in your mouth. I am personally experimenting with the baking soda/35% FGHP/distilled water for toothpaste. I don't know of anyone that would intentionally swallow toothpaste (Other than children using the fruity stuff). I am also considering switching out the FGHP for 50% citric acid (Lemon juice is about 5-10%) to see if that helps
(Somewhere, Indiana, Usa)
Food grade hydrogen peroxide is sold in several strengths, not just 35%. Some prefer to buy the 35% and dilute it with distilled water, though you can also buy it prediluted. Food grade hydrogen peroxide does not have the additives that drug store hydrogen peroxide contains, so many consider it a safer option.
I know these comments are older, but I needed to clear a few things up. First, food grade H2O2 is NOT poison and dangerous when used properly and diluted properly. It can be caustic at high concentrations. It is only 2 Hydrogen and 2 Oxygen, used in Oxygen Therapy and many internal, external and oral uses. The scare tactics from the above posters are inaccurate and untrue. Here is a link to this sites information on what H2O2 is and another described proper remedial uses. You can find a plethora of information that explains how beneficial and necessary it is to health and how it is safe when used correctly and at the proper dilution.
This is just 2 of hundreds of links, websites and information. As a matter of fact, there was a Nobel Peace prize awarded in 1950 to a man that discovered the wonderful healing effects of H2O2 used internally as Oxygen Therapy (if memory serves right). Please research before you dismiss helpful remedies and posts like this. I personally have been using H2O2 over a year.
Food grade hydrogen peroxide is used in bakeries. Of course no one uses 35%! HP must be DILUTED DOWN to 3% . I put a two drops in a 1/4 of water is what I used to clean my teeth. I used to put few drops in glass and drink it of course I read a few books on it . When I was super sick, my medical doctor did the UVI with hydrogen peroxide IV's yes it went into my body it was medical grade hydrogen peroxide. So, it is good to do research before just taking the plunge.
After reading about "whitening teeth with the H/P", I decided to try it. I have been rinsing with it now for about four months (started doing it religiously - two to three times a day - 1 Tablespoon of H/P swishing and rolling it around in my mouth, leaving it in for up to ten-fifteen minutes before spitting it out, (after I brushed my teeth), and the results: my teeth are now absolutely... WHITE! I get a lot of compliments about how nice they look and I did it without getting them professionally whitened. Although they are not the chalky white, they are pretty close to it! I did not see results right away, however. It took probably a week or two before I started seeing some really significant improvement. I went to the dentist a while back and they wanted to know what I was using that got my teeth so white. I told them about the H/P. I asked my dentist if it was harmful to continue rinsing with it also. My dentist said my gums and mouth looked very healthy and she didn't see any reason to discontinue. She also commented that I had hardly any plaque build-up (I am guilty of flossing every day!), and that my gums and teeth looked very, very healthy! H/P works. Give it at least a couple weeks to see some results.
(Danville, Illinois, United States)
OMG I was doing it wrong, lol. But Jainie is sooo right. I was brushing with baking soda and rinsing with peroxide on and off for bout a year to NO avail... Til I read how others are doing it. I started taking a small amount and swishing and KEEPING it in my mouth for about 10 minutes at a time. My teeth not only are lightening up (also I started OPing again) but I also noticed that what seemed to me that I was apparently losing enamel on my teeth because the sides of each tooth seemed to be a little opaque (gah)... No longer! I drink iced coffees made with strong coffee every morning and been smoking on and off for a while. I had ALWAYS had bad teeth not knowing why. *Sigh* in high school a boy who didn't even know me would constantly call me 'Yellow teeth'. Needless to say 'that' didn't do much for my self confidence :/... But I swear NOW WOW! ... My teeth have never looked better (even before I started drinking coffee drinks and smoking, ha ha)! , and started telling the difference in only a few days. I so love aging backwards and for some odd reason I'm smiling more, gee wonder why ; )... Thanx Pibbles and EC you guys rock.
(White River Jct, Vermont)
J, thank you. I've always had white teeth. I have health issues and have gotten rid of all the toxic products and foods, using natural tooth cleaning, OP, no coffee (way hard), now all of a sudden I have gross looking teeth! yellowing, browish discoloration. My big smile is missing, this is beyond embarrassing. I too tried the HP a while ago, but not for that length of time... So, I just did it, the brown is already gone, still yellowy looking, but now I have hope. I will be on this 3 times a day til I look right again. thank you for the tip/clarification.
Tooth decay is bad for your teeth. I've been reading all these comments about hydrogen peroxide and baking soda and salt and lemon... and everyone says it's bad for your enamel. we drink lemonade, eat tomatoes (acid) and salt on our food, and baking soda is bicarbonate a derivative of salt, used in antacids. We take those, are you worried about your teeth when popping them into your mouth for your teeth to chop on? Hydrogen peroxide is used as an antiseptic, and now in laundry detergent as Oxyclean. I used HP on clothing soiled in blood and watched it literally lift the blood out of the fabric. It's amazing stuff. Why wouldn't you use it to disinfect your mouth, tongue, between your teeth and keep it healthy. Most people would rather use listerine. Now that's not harsh? It can burn the hair from your nose by just gargling. Use common sense....Clean mouth is a healthy mouth. Healthy mouth, healthy body and mind. I've used HP in my ears to clear wax build up and with a Q-tip up my nose when I've had sinus infections. It speeds up recovery time. Go for it you will actually get hooked on it.
Enjoy the feeling!
Janie D, can you tell us what dosage of HP you use? How much do you dilute it? You do use food grade HP, correct?
Better But With Side Effects
The other night I swished with drug store hydrogen peroxide to see if it would indeed remove the tea and coffee stains from my teeth. The peroxide was 3% (the kind that says it's for oral use) mixed with an equal amount of water. The directions say to swish it for at least a minute, I did it for ten minutes. There was no apparent difference immediately afterward. The next day (or was it the day after that?) I made a recipe with turmeric in it and immediately after eating it brushed my teeth with baking soda. I was surprised because then the teeth suddenly seemed whiter. But now my gums are very sensitive to my toothbrush and bleed a bit. I have been using a hard bristle brush with baking soda once a day at night, and never had a problem like this before. They were not sensitive prior to this incident. Just a word of caution.
My Secret for Whiter Teeth: I really like this site. I've read numerous helpful suggestions on here I plan on trying. Here is one that I have been doing for many years now that I would like to pass on to you. Dentist are making a fortune off bleaching teeth when you can do it yourself at home for a few cents per day. I have been using regular off the shelf 3% hydrogen peroxide to bleach my teeth for years now. I am a male 52 years old and even today when I go to the dentist they are astounded at how white my teeth are and find it hard to believe that I don't have them bleached. Every day after you brush your teeth grab your bottle of peroxide and put enough in your mouth to fill it up but not to the point of gagging on it. I like to do this while I am shaving but it also works well to put it in your mouth as you are stepping into the shower. Leave it in your mouth the entire time you are in the shower and right before you turn the water off spit it out and rinse well with water. While it is in your mouth swish it and just keep doing that the whole time it is in your mouth. Try to do it once per day every day of the week. You should see a difference within a week or two. If you are a smoker or heavy coffee drinker you will probably see a difference even quicker. I happen to like really strong black coffee. I drink about 4 cups every morning. I buy several big bottles which you can get at places like Costco or Sam's. The cost is very minimal and for just a few cents per day you will have gleaming white teeth. Watch, people will start commenting on what white teeth you have and ask how you get them so white. I always reply I just brush with that baking soda and peroxide type tooth paste. I guess you can answer however you choose. Hope some of you get some use out of this.
(St. Paul, MN)
I have been using HP as Bob suggested for three days now. I use one capful & swish it around while I'm getting ready for work. I haven't noticed my teeth much whiter yet (although I am a smoker and I also drink dark coffee), HOWEVER, my teeth feel much stronger and tighter! This reminds me of oil-pulling with HP instead of oil.
Use more than a cap full. Use enough to fill your mouth up. Try to swish it at least 10 minutes, if possible. Since you are a smoker I would say give it about 1 month before you will start really seeing the difference. Even with a nonsmoker I would say about 2 weeks or so. I have been using this method for at least 10 or more years and it really works, just give it time. My sister told me a while back she does the same thing with regular mouth wash and her teeth don't get white. I responded, of course not, the hydrogen peroxide bleaches your teeth. Mouth wash just gives you fresh breath and I suppose kills germs, the way the ad says. Good luck!
I tried the remedy that Bob from Memphis, TN suggested (03/30/09)and in just one day I notice a great improvement! I did what he said, "grab your bottle of peroxide and put enough in your mouth to fill it up but not to the point of gagging on it...". Since he said he does it in the shower, I figured that I could do it while washing the dishes (about 20 minutes). I didn't swish much, because I didn't want to swallow the hydrogen peroxide (wow, does it ever expand!). I too drink very strong coffee every day (3 cups), so I thought, if it works for him, it might work for me, even though I also smoke. And let me tell you, this really does work! I noticed after about 15 minutes that when I did try to swish, my old amalgam filling felt sort of hot. My teeth are definitely whiter; however, there are still some stains between my bottom teeth. Hopefully those will go away with time. Now if I could just quit smoking... Thanks!
(Fort Worth, Texas)
(Richmond, Va, Us)
I started using HP about 2 weeks ago after my mom commented over Christmas how stained my teeth looked. I'm a 45 year old smoker/coffee drinker. I haven't been able to get to a dentist for a cleaning in 3 years - valid reasons. The stains were bad, dark sections in the front lower teeth, in between the crevices and just overall dingy and dark. I was very embarrassed. I started using the HP as Bob from Memphis recommended, swishing away while I was in the shower, spitting and rinsing when I was done. The first few times I did this it burned hot as well, like Gail from Cincinnati said. But I continued anyway. For an added benefit afterward I wet my toothbrush, dip it in some baking soda, brush for about 2 minutes, rinse well, then my regular toothpaste. In just 12 days I am about halfway there to white teeth! My gums feel stronger and my mouth feels so much cleaner. I have a chipped tooth as well, this has actually kept it pretty clean and I'm sure it's kept a lot of bacteria out. My breath is much better as well, thank goodness! I should mention that I use an electric toothbrush and I'm sure this has helped speed up the process.
(Richmond, Va, Us)
Just a quick add-in. I had been using over-the-counter whiteners for over 2 years, rinses, gels, etc. and none of them gave me these results, barely made a dent. There's no telling what else I was absorbing in my body with those!
I was/am using H2O2 for everything that ails me for about 3 months now. I use it every night in my vaporizers/humidifiers, in the cat's water dish, spray on after a shower, and I also had used it every day for about a week as a mouthwash before brushing. I had to stop because the sides of my tongue got all red and raw. It stayed like that for about 10 days after stopping the h202. My tongue did heal, but I wonder, has anyone else had this happen to them? I am nervous about using it for whitening again. Thanks for any info.
(Lorimor, Ia, Usa)
(Westwood, New Jersey, Usa)
Just wanted to comment on the posts regarding the use of H202 for teeth whitening. Everyone is different and as such will yield varying results, however caution must be used. Personally I do not think it is a good idea to use H202 on a daily basis as you will kill off the good bacteria in your mouth. This could lead to "black tongue" syndrome which is not a pleasant thing. H202 is serious stuff which can yield good and bad results if not respected for its inherent power. We are all different, experiment SLOWLY when using this stuff. Whats good for one is not good for all.....
This is in response to the lady from Boston whose tongue got sore. The peroxide is letting you know how toxic you are in the intestinal /gut area. Clean that area with detoxification and then it is a great possibility that your mouth with feel better when using peroxide. It is worth a try.
(Auburn, New York)
okay so some people are saying it works great but some say abdolutely do not use peroxide. very confusing, I used it once and gave up because the feeling it had left in my mouth but a couple months later I tryed it again it worked great but part of my gum turned white is it because I brushed too hard or because my mouth isnt used too it ? please if anyone can help your information would be greatly helpful thanks ...
Thanks so much to Bob for the white teeth advice. I ahve always have yelow teeth. I dont smoke or drink coffe, its just genetic. None of my parents ahve white teeth they ahve beautiful teeth though.
So recently my teeth went from haivng some spaces to come all together. My smile looked like one of those celebs EXCEPT that it was yellow. Ive treid several toothpastes and home remedys that didnt work.
I always thought white teeth were only for rich people that can aford it. I always been obsessed with that white smile form celebs.
I had tried Hydrogen peroxide before, but only brushing or keeping it for 2 or 3 min. The key is Bob advice of having it 10 minutes. After the first aplication I could notice a slight difference that encouraged me to keep doing it daily. Now after a week I can say my teeth never been this white. Still not a Hollywood smile but if it keeps progressing this way I can see it coming. Im starting to worry about my family finding out that my teeth are ridicously white. Ive seen them stare at me few times, they probably dont notice what it is yet. All I can say is thank you. Im going to be smiling the whole time when I go to party and Im sure ladies will come. My smile is becoming irresistible lol
Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda
What I've been doing for ages now is take one capful of peroxide dunk my toothbrush in it to moisten it then dip it in baking soda, I then take the capful of peroxide and dump it under my tongue and then proceed to brush with it, it will foam up get ready for that, I brush for two minutes then I spit it all out and rinse and then I use toothpaste to coat my teeth with whatever ingredients toothpaste has to further protect my teeth and also have the chance to scrape my tongue with the toothpaste to get rid of any excess peroxide. I do this about once or twice a month. My friends started questioning why I had such white teeth so I had to tell them my secret, some of them have done it daily, I've seen the results and they are so happy. But my teeth are white and don't need any more than what I do, as you go along you know what works and what doesn't. I'm 53yrs old and have beautiful white teeth because of the care I took throughout the years.
My understanding on this is that you find peroxide included in all of your teeth whiteners that are sold and we have toothpaste that has baking soda, so I went full strength with both to get the best effect.
I swish with H2O2 before brushing with baking soda. I also add two or three drops of Dr. B-----'s liquid soap (peppermint) on top of the baking soda. Once in a blue moon I'll put a drop of oil of oregano on my toothbrush such as after I've been sick or if I feel like I'm trying to catch a cold/flu or something. My teeth have really whitened up since I've been doing this. I've also noticed that the sensitivity has totally gone away too. I haven't used toothpaste since, don't want the poison fluoride. Been doing this for approximately six months now. Dentist appt is coming up. We'll see how that goes.
Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda
Having noticed that I was developing two quite noticeable stains on my upper 2 front teeth from coffee, I was concerned about yet another dental bill. I didn't want to buy commercial teeth whiteners so I thought I'd check EarthClinic before I made my appointment. One reader had recommended brushing with hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. I thought she meant that 'with time' the stains would go away. I immediately went in to brush these 2 teeth and within 30 seconds, both stains were completely gone! Be warned that if you have an electric toothbrush---your surrounding gum tissue may turn white but it only lasts 20 minutes or so. I am very pleased.
(Newcomerstown, Ohio, USA)
Hi Debbie, try not to use drug store hydrogen peroxide. You can get food grade hydrogen peroxide from some health food stores. It is cleaner safer. It is usually used by people growing sprouts to eat. If you can't find a local source just do a search for 'food grade hydrogen peroxide'. It usually comes in a 35% solution.
(Cape Town, South Africa)
I have just been informed by my dentist that I should have my teeth bleached as they are going yellow - however I am NOT a smoker and not a great coffee drinker. My friend told me about baking soda - brush with baking soda before brushing normally with toothpaste - please could you give me some more information on this - how often can I use baking soda and any side effects ?