If you’re on the internet (which of course you are), you cannot fail to have seen all the tooth brightening ‘life hacks’ raving about the whitening effects of brushing your teeth with baking soda – aka bicarbonate of soda.
The ultra fine grains in baking soda are mildly abrasive. The whitening effect occurs when ‘man made’ stains from tea, coffee, red wine, cigarettes etc are removed by brushing.
There are a couple of pitfalls though. Never mind that dipping a wet brush into the soda is messy, the taste is horrible, it’s salty and cloying because the paste can’t foam.
To remedy this, it’s suggested that adding lemon or lime juice (which also act as a whitener), would make it more palatable, but that’s a big no-no from dentists because of the corrosive effect of the citric acid on the teeth.
Also, the lack of fluoride means you would still have to brush your with regular toothpaste.
We all want a whiter smile. It makes us look younger and feel more confident. I’m a huge fan of Pearl Drops ‘Beauty Sleep’ (although definitely follow my tips for best results).
Pearl Drops Lasting Flawless White Toothpolish is their new offering. An everyday (i.e. twice a day) whitening toothpaste with baking soda, fluoride and low abrasion polishing silica.
Combining our most efficient and low abrasion cleaning agents with our patented Stain Prevention Technology, Pearl Drops Lasting Flawless White restores the tooth’s natural surface, smoothing imperfections and improving shine, whilst removing surface stains to deliver outstanding whitening.
Teeth will look visibly whiter after 5 days. Continue to use twice daily to keep teeth clean and help lock out new stains.
HOW TO USE
Brush 2 times daily. Use continually 2 times daily to protect whiteness.
It’s slightly runnier than normal toothpaste. The paste itself is a translucent, pearly white colour with little flecks of blue.
The taste at first is a little unexpected. The end of my tongue was singing out a bit and it took a couple of days to get used to it. Your mouth does feels very fresh and faintly minty afterwards though.
It’s not at all grainy and I do know that’s a frequent complaint from users of whitening toothpaste. But because of this, and the way it foams up, it acts just like a regular toothpaste.
I get why it’s called tooth polish, not paste, because teeth really are smooth and shiny afterwards. A week in and I’ve already noticed that the bottom half of my front teeth appear a tad whiter. I’m sure it’s because I brush the hardest here.
There’s a tiny discolouration on my bottom teeth mostly likely from my
three two daily coffees, and I would love to update this post in 3 months and say it’s all gone!
TOP TOOTH TIP
Frequent brushing can erode tooth enamel – which doesn’t grow back.
Instead, after consuming sugary food, soft drinks, juices etc, rinse your mouth out with plain water which will help dilute those erosive agents from the teeth.
Pearl Drops Lasting Flawless White Tooth Polish on sale in Boots for £6.99
BUT (as of 26/7/15) is on offer in Superdrug for £3.47
27th July 2o15
UPDATE 29th October 2015
I’m at the 3 month mark and that faint discolouration on my lower teeth is so very nearly gone – I’m within touching distance!
My teeth certainly aren’t “reality TV star“ white, but yes, they are most definitely whiter. That faint yellow hue is slowly fading and of course, my top four and bottom four teeth are the brightest and lightest.
I’m going to keep going to continue with this regime and update in another 3 months.