Four At-Home Remedies To Keep Your Teeth White Between Professional Treatments

When it comes to teeth whitening, there is simply no better choice than professional protocols administered in your dentist's office. Since your dentist is able to observe you for side effects and make sure the chemicals don't come into contact with your gums, they can use stronger preparations than are available over-the-counter. Specialized laser systems also enhance the effects. 

Between whitening treatments, your results will fade somewhat. However, there are a few things you can do to help extend your results and keep your teeth whiter.

Whitening Toothpaste

Whitening toothpaste won't dramatically whiten your teeth, but it will help fight basic stains, and keep new stains from forming. Most whitening toothpastes are mildly abrasive, so they scrub away buildup better than your standard toothpaste. If you use one of these products, make sure you read the label carefully. Some are only meant to be used once a day, and you use normal fluoride toothpaste for your other brushing session.


Strawberries contain natural compounds that help bleach out your teeth, and prevent staining. Try eating them with your breakfast a few days per week. Really take your time chewing them, making sure that the strawberry puree rinses over your teeth. Do brush your teeth a few minutes afterwards, since the strawberries contain sugar and can increase your risk of cavity formation.

Oil Pulling

There are a lot of claims about the many benefits of oil pulling. This remedy probably won't cure cancer or reverse cavities like some suggest, but it can help keep your teeth white for a bit longer between appointments. The oil makes your teeth slick, so staining particles don't stick as well. To oil pull, simply put a teaspoon or two of coconut oil in your mouth, and let it dissolve. Swish it around for 5-10 minutes, and then spit it out. (Spit in in the trash, not the sink, so you don't clog your sink drain.)

Baking Soda

If you prefer to stick to natural remedies, try brushing your teeth with baking soda, rather than toothpaste, just a few times per week. The baking soda is a bit more abrasive than toothpaste, so it will help scrub away the stains. Do not substitute baking soda for your toothpaste completely. It does not contain the fluoride your teeth need to keep their enamel hard.

To learn more about keeping your teeth white between whitening sessions, speak to your cosmetic dentist, and talk to companies like Steliotes Dental Spa.