celestial-fox:
To tooth-whitening Anon: Use activated charcoal to adsorb the tannins (staining molecules in foods) from your teeth. Also try baking soda+lemon juice.

celestial-fox:

youngblackandvegan:

karigane:

i thought lemon juice breaks down your enamel or is bad for your teeth or something. im not sure how safe that last bit of info is

this is one person’s suggestion. i caution everyone and say to always do research before taking any one person’s suggestions as law

i would not use lemon juice on my teeth. 

I have a tooth implant, so when my real teeth yellow, the porcelain implant stays white and looks strange. Because of this, it is important to keep my teeth more-or-less the same shade.

After I ran out of whitening trays, I tried the baking soda and lemon juice method to whiten my teeth. I only did it a few times, but it definitely did work. I don’t recommend it for frequent use, but it is good for those in a pinch and don’t require major whitening.

Teeth whitening is best accomplished by seeing a dental professional in your area, getting a teeth cleaning, using whatever whitening techniques your professional recommends (if you desire), and preventing further staining by eating foods without tannins or strong acids.

But for those without access to the recommended route, feel free to consider an at-home remedy. Nearly all at-home remedies for tooth whitening involve a heightened risk compared to professional services and products. However, the acidity of lemons isn’t as scary as it may seem.

Lemon juice has a low pH (≥2; depends on the individual lemon), which can break down enamel over time with excessive use. But the key word is “excessive.” This is why it’s okay to eat lemons, but it’s probably not a good idea to eat them in bulk all the time.

Aside from this, the truth is that our teeth come in contact with low-pH substances all the time! Both white vinegar and Coca-Cola have pHs around 2.5. Some people drink Coca-cola every day; and while it is not an ideal situation for their teeth, it doesn’t cause the dramatically negative results one might imagine would arise from putting a 2.5 pH solution on their teeth. So lemon juice, as an acid, is absolutely okay in your mouth in moderation.

To make things even safer, baking soda has a basic pH (8.3), so this chemically neutralizes the lemon’s acidity. Easy fix!

The only concern I can think of is that baking soda is a mild abrasive. This helps scrub the surface of the teeth, but it can also wear out the enamel if used in excess. Because of this, only scrub your teeth for about 60 seconds with the lemon+baking soda paste. Then rinse your mouth well with water.

Of course, everything is at one’s own risk, but I do believe this is a passable option for those without other resources.

I hope this clarifies some things!

lousymouse:

My mom thinks that since she is older, everything she says is correct and she’s the only one who knows anything.
However, almost every time she states that, I disprove her point. Because she’s made some ridiculous points.

I think its like parental default
Assume your right punish the child