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A 33-year-old member asked:

i know that baking soda can work and whitening toothpaste, but what else which isn't expensive could work for whitening teeth?

4 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
Endodontics 44 years experience
Proper toothpaste: Many toothpastes have a whitening agent that does well. This is the way to go!
Dr. Ismael Khouly
Periodontics 15 years experience
Avoid staining agent: There are several things that could help for whitening, but you take precautions and it takes longer to see results that a professional whitening: 1-crunchy fruits and vegetables(apples, strawberry), 2-suga free gum xylitol, 3-vinegar and lemon (possible damage of enamel), and most important, avoid staining agents such as coffee, smoking, red wine..
Dr. Peter Flaherty
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
OTC products: There are many over the counter whitening products and strips available for low cost at your local drug store. There are also affordable take home products available from your dentist. Ultradent's tres-white is effective and inexpensive.
Dr. George Ayoub
Cosmetic Dentistry 18 years experience
Hydrogen peroxide: Hydrogen peroxide is deemed by american dental association to be safe.

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Is it possible to whiten your teeth naturally?

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Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
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Baking Soda: Brush your teeth at least 3 times per day, floss everyday to remove stains in between teeth. Make a "paste" using baking soda and water and use it to re-brush your teeth after you brush with your regular toothpaste. Avoid using baking soda everyday. Consult your dentist.
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Yes: Peroxide is the key ingredient in most whiteners. This safe-for-the-mouth bleaching agent forms bubbles on enamel that lift away stains. The higher the concentration of peroxide and the longer you leave it on your teeth, the whiter they'll get. The downside: bleaching molecules can get trapped in nerve passageways, causing increased, though temporary, tooth sensitivity.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What are some inexpensive options for teeth whitening?

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Dr. Kevin Daus
Obstetrics and Gynecology 37 years experience
Peroxide: Peroxide is the key ingredient in most whiteners. This safe-for-the-mouth bleaching agent forms bubbles on enamel that lift away stains. The higher the concentration of peroxide and the longer you leave it on your teeth, the whiter they'll get. The downside: bleaching molecules can get trapped in nerve passageways, causing increased, though temporary, tooth sensitivity.
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How can I whiten my teeth after years of smoking?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
See a dentist: A dentist can recommend various whitening methods for teeth. Healthtap currently does not have dentists as medical experts. Thanks for using healthtap!
Dr. Felicia Mata
Cosmetic Dentistry 25 years experience
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A 18-year-old member asked:

Would there be any possibility to get your teeth whitened for free?

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Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
No but...: You could go to a drug store and try many available whitening products. If no desired results, go see a dentist.

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