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Dental Health and Food: Learning to Eat Better

My intense love for candy, cakes, and everything in between started as a child. I simply couldn't go one day without something sweet to eat. But my love for all things sweet took a toll on my teeth. My dentist diagnosed me with seven cavities, each one a different size and depth. After sitting through four long dental appointments, I decided to make a change. I now monitor my diet and only eat things that benefit my oral health. I'm here to help you take better care of your teeth. My blog offers tips on how to improve your diet, maintain good oral hygiene, and many other topics. Hopefully, you can learn to overcome your bad habits just as I did. Good luck with your future dental health.


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Home Remedy For Removing Stains On Your Teeth

by Eric Bailey

If your teeth have begun to dull from food stains, you may wonder if there is anything you can do at home to remove the stains and brighten your smile. If so, use the home remedy below to remove surface stains using household ingredients.

What You Will Need

Before you start your home treatment, you will need to gather the supplies and ingredients listed below.

  • One teaspoon of baking soda
  • One teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide
  • Soft toothbrush
  • One teaspoon of lemon juice
  • Small, clean makeup brush
  • Warm water

The baking soda used in this treatment has a gritty texture that helps to remove surface stains and food particles. The hydrogen peroxide penetrates deep into your tooth enamel to remove the stains at the root.

The citric acid in lemon juice has both bleaching and antiseptic properties. Any remaining bacteria and stains are removed by the juice when applied repeatedly.

A Word Of Caution

When doing the below treatment, do not leave the lemon juice on your teeth for longer than recommended. The acid in the juice can break down your tooth enamel. If you already have thin tooth enamel, you may want to ask your dentist if it is safe to use. 

Also, if you have gum disease, you may want to skip the lemon juice portion of this treatment. Any open areas on your gums could be damaged further by the acid, as well as cause you great discomfort when it comes into contact with the sore tissue.


Once you have everything you need, follow the directions below to apply your home treatment.

  1. In the palm of your hand, mix together the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to form a paste.
  2. Dip your toothbrush in the paste, and brush your teeth using gentle pressure. Do not push down too hard, since the grit in the baking soda could damage your gums or enamel.
  3. Rinse your mouth with warm water.
  4. Dip the makeup brush in the lemon juice, paint your teeth with it. 
  5. Leave the lemon juice on your teeth for two to three minutes.
  6. Rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm water.
  7. Repeat the treatment once or twice a week.

After using the above treatment twice a week for a month, you should start to notice your teeth becoming whiter. However, if you have damaged teeth or have dark stains, you may want to speak with a cosmetic dentist to discuss any treatment options available to you. You can also look at websites like http://www.allaboutsmilesinc.com/ for more information.