Having pearly white teeth can definitely make us more confident in ourselves, bu spending on teeth whitening strips may not always feel like it’s worth the money. Here’s an easy and cheap 3-ingredient hack that can whiten your teeth naturally
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Want to show off your pearly whites with a gleaming, confident smile? One TikTok health professional has shared an easy three-ingredient hack that can help whiten your teeth without damaging chemicals and without spending money on teeth whitening strips.
TikToker Armen Adamjan shared the affordable and effective “magic hack” for teeth whitening with followers on his account @creative_explained. All you need are three ingredients that are easy to buy or you might already have in your kitchen.
Here’s what you need to know about the three-ingredient hack, how it works and also which teeth whitening hacks you’d be better off avoiding.
What is the three-ingredient natural teeth whitening hack?
TikToker Armen Adamjan explained that you can whiten your teeth using a mixture of only three ingredients: kiwi, cucumber and baking soda.
He said: “Kiwis are packed with calcium and cucumbers get rid of any bad bacteria that builds up in your mouth, which in turn gives you whiter teeth.”
On his TikTok account, he shares how to make the teeth whitening mixture.
“Get a bowl, add some kiwi. Add some cucumber. Mash it up,” he says as he shows himself grabbing two slices of cucumber and two slices of kiwi and using a pestle and mortar to mash them up together.
He continued: “Add a little bit of baking soda. Mix it up. That’s it!”
Adamjan explained that all we need to do is put this mixture on our toothbrush and brush our teeth with it, adding that it tastes like kiwi.
While Adamjan says we can use the mix twice a week on our teeth, dental expert Dr Joseph Field recommends we use it more sparingly.
Dentist Dr Field said: “You need to be careful not to use it too often as it can cause [your tooth] enamel to erode.”
This is because baking soda is abrasive while kiwi and cucumber have acids, which if used too often can cause damage.
The expert suggests that we use the mixture once a day for up to ten consecutive days, and then use once or twice a month for maintenance.
What teeth whitening hacks are bad for your teeth?
While this three-ingredient teeth whitening hack is mostly harmless – as long as it’s used sparingly – some other hacks and trends shared on social media may not be as safe.
One such hack, which was a TikTok trend in 2020, involved using hydrogen peroxide — one of the whitening agents found in most teeth whitening products — and applying the chemical directly to your teeth.
This hack was criticised by dentists as being “extremely harmful”, with many professionals warning against the use of undiluted hydrogen peroxide, which can cause severe gum damage – leading to tooth loss – as well as damage to the enamel and tooth sensitivity.