By Rita~ on August 25, 2003
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"This is very inexpensive compared to all the whiteners on the market. And is not the same as those gels on the market this has only 2 ingredients which you know and are at hand in every home. It gets your teeth & gums nice and clean. I do it once every couple weeks. A great way to remove wine, tea, coffee, & tarter stains. If you don't like the taste add a a drop of mint extract. It's is SAFE for your use and has been used for a long time. You can check this article at http://www.dentalgentlecare.com/whitening_safety.htm Take Note A recent report suggested a "possible" link between tooth whitening and oral cancer. It was based on two (only 2)case reports of patients who contracted oral cancer with none of the known risk factors. There are no new studies cited. We call this to your attention because the report got substantial media play. Interestingly, the report itself states that carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide-chemicals generated in the whitening process-AREN'T CARCINOGENS IN THE MOUTH. June 2002 2003 2004 http://educate-yourself.org/cancer/benefitsofhydrogenperozide17jul03.shtml This is no more cancerous then the fat, grilled food and processed foods people put in their bodies filled with ingredients your can't read. If you go into your cabinet and read the hydrogen peroxide bottle it states to use as an gargle and mouth rinse."
Serving Size: 1 (14 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
"I am a dental hygienist. Just a note of caution. Use seldom. The baking soda is an abrasive that is how it works to remove the stains, if used to often the baking soda wears on the gums and may cause recession, which exposes the root surfaces and causes sensitivity. This will not change the color of your natural teeth what it does: If you are a smoker, frequent coffee, tea, dark wine or dark pop user, these put a coating of stain on the teeth and the abrasive in the baking soda removes the stain but will not change the natural color of your teeth. This also goes for any OTC toothpastes that contain baking soda or claim to whiten. Not suggesting not to use just beware."
"Works great...got perfect teeth, but no life."
"You are right! It tastes like crap, but the first time I saw immediate results! Will be sharing this little health tip with a few folks!"
"After trying this, you do get used to the taste. I use it with pure Tea Tree Oil instead of Peppermint, as I am prone to mouth ulcers and this eso seems to work wonders for me. I personally stay away from real toothpaste because it contains Sodium Laurel Sulphite. This sudsing agent is in all things that "bubble", (eg: shampoo, bubble bath, soaps, toothpaste, laundry soap and even in some foods). The product, in it's pure form is toxic to the skin...it's commercial use is to de-grease airplanes!!! Check and you will find that this is usually the second ingredients in most washing products....even products from The Body Shop and Lush, who claim their products being all natural have SLS. So people who are sensitive to SLS may not know why their skin is so dry or itchy. If you are going make this paste daily, put the ingredients in easy mixing containers so that it is a snap to put together. Since I started making my own paste, my mouth ulcers are down...I have less colds and my general health is better. Your mouth and teeth are going to thank you"
"Have been brushing with this from time to time for many years, minus the flavoring. It does work very well, as does plain baking soda mixed with a drop of water. It makes your teeth and mouth feel so squeaky clean! However, a small caution - my dentist recommended I not over use it; the abrasive action of the soda can eventually damage the enamel on your teeth, creating a much worse problem than discolored teeth."
"Tried this this morning and it does seem to have made my teeth shinier and they feel wonderfully clean. Not sure if they're brighter yet, but try it again in two weeks. I did learn something, I had no idea baking soda had salt in it! By the way, rinsing your mouth with hydrogen peroxide is the best way to get rid of cold sores on your tongue. Thanks for posting Rita!"
"I wanted to re-review this to say that I worked in a dental office and this is a very good method of cleaning. I would only be careful not to do it too often as Baking Soda can be very abrasive and may damage the tooth enamel over a long period of time. Certainly better and cheaper then the commercial whitening products though! Thanks for sharing!"
"A little tidbit about dental whitening. Carbamide peroxide breaks down into hydrogen peroxide over time. The reason some people experience tooth sensitivity to different whitening products (white strips, dental office whitening products) is because they temporarily dehydrate the teeth during the process. Once the process is complete, the teeth rehydrate over a couple of days and the sensitivity subsides. The paste mixture listed above may help with surface stains/discolorations, but is not effective on internal stains/discolorations."
"I added a dab of toothpaste, that gives enough of a minty flavor to make it palatable. Love this!"
"For a quick whitener..this does the trick! I've heard not to use baking soda a lot, but periodically I like to use this to spruce up the ole smile!"
"I tried this but without the mint added so I tend to brush with toothpaste after brushing with this. I did not see a difference the first time I used it but after using it about 3 times (different days) I saw a noticeable difference in the shade of my teeth. Thanks for sharing."
"I don't like to give bad reviews, so I will post a warning only because it happened to me. If you have sensitive gums be CAREFUL!! I used this and it burned my bottom gums so bad that I had to use a prescribed mouth rinse. It also left a mark on a small spot on my upper gums!! I did not realize my gums were so sensitive until I used this. The plus to it though..I think it really was working, but I won't be using it anymore do to the pain that it caused"
"This was great ! I hate to say it but I drink coffee and smoke and this got the stains off my teeth. Made me feel like I just left the dentist. I will definately be using this every few weeks ! Thank you !"
"My 12 yr old DD tried this on the weekend and after 2 brushings we could see immediate results. Was wondering about the hydrogen peroxide but just read an article today on teeth whitening and the dental bleaches use carbamide peroxide which cause some sensitivity and other probs and not as effective as hydrogen peroxide. Crest White Strips highly recommended at $60 2 week supply and it contains hydrogen peroxide so now I can rest assured this recipe is safe for our family."
"It works great. I would recommend this to anyone trying to get whiter teeth."
"Works great, makes your teeth feel like you had a cleaning at the dentist. Does taste bad, but worth it"
"This does seem to make a difference! I added a drop each of peppermint and tea tree essential oil. Still doesn't taste great, but I love the results and will use it every day."
"I agree, use caution. My Mother's recipe was Iodized salt, baking soda and Hydrogine Peroxide. Dip the tooth brush into the peroxide, dip into the salt, dip into the baking soda, then brush very gently. <br/><br/>For those of you who have veneer's? It doesn't work on them, at all. Those will have to be whited, by a professional. Those whitening agents, such as Crest, etc...they will not whiten you're veneers. Just so you know. I'm a smoker..and I have veneer's. My bottem (natural) teeth are so much yellower than the veneer's that I have on the top. And I have tried everything."
"Easy, felt good, smelled good, worked nicely. Thanks Rita! Made for Zaar Stars game."
"I use this weekly and it works really well. I have not experienced any tooth sensitivity since I've used this and the difference in the color of my teeth is really noticeable. I brush with toothpaste immediately following to get rid of the bitter aftertaste."