Since moving jobs and working near the coast most of the week, I've found that my teeth are more prone to staining due to the hard water. Initially in order to combat this, I limited the number of cups of tea/green tea I drank and stuck to water, however as the office is freezing all the time, I can't be without a hot drink. It feels like lately there's been a right surge in magazines and all over Instagram of teeth whitening products. However why pay a small fortune when you can achieve pearly whites cheaply at home.
I thought that I would share with you the routine I've been following over the last few months which has had a significant impact on whitening my teeth. First up is the old faithful Crest 3D Whitening Strips which I buy from eBay. Normally I'll use these once or twice a week for an hour - I do find that these make my teeth quite sensitive the day after, however the discomfort isn't too bad. The girls from work can tell when I've used these - probably due to the fact that I'm sat pulling faces at my desk.
In my regular teeth brushing routine (that sounds strange) I always try to use a whitening toothpaste, however there's been a lot of hype around Nu Skin AP24 Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste. I managed to pick this up in my Hairdressers for £10 which is far too expensive for a toothpaste. Personally I think this is a gimmick product, as I saw very little difference in how white my teeth were becoming. Also I don't even think this actually cleaned my teeth properly - I felt that I needed to go back in for a second clean with my regular toothpaste just to feel clean. It's worth noting that I've since binned this as I noticed that the lid started to develop mould - yes mould. Personally I wouldn't recommend this.
Finally hands down the product which has whitened my teeth and shifted all the stains - coconut oil pulling. Any old coconut oil will do - I picked this up in Tesco for about £7. All what I do, is put a tea spoon into a ramekin, put in the microwave for 20 seconds, and then swill it around my mouth for 20 mins. Believe it or not I'm actually sat now swilling away like a good un. After the 20 mins are done I'll spit this into a container and bin it (I won't put it down the sink after hearing stories of it blocking pipes) and then brush my teeth. After this I'll then floss my teeth, at the moment I'm using this Oral B Satin Floss which I picked up for £1 in Tesco.
Personally I've found that the Coconut Oil has been the product for me which has significantly whitened my teeth - to the extent that my dentist commented on how white my teeth were. It just shows you that you don't need to spend a fortune on special treatments or even whitening strips when all what you need is coconut oil. If anyone could recommend a good whitening toothpaste - I'd be interested to know.