By: Jim Goetz
BioHacking does not necessarily only involve areas of the body you cannot see but can also involve areas of the body you see each day. In this case, I am referring to your smile.
Let’s face it, white teeth may be a bit of vanity but at the same time there’s not necessarily anything wrong with this. It’s a fact that those who are good looking typically get further in life than those who do not. It never hurts to have a nice sparkling smile that dazzles.
With coffees, teas, red wine and other foods in our diet, over time; even the most symmetrical appealing of faces can have a mouth full of yellowing teeth.
There are whitening lasers and gels that can cost quite a bit. Through some basic household experimenting, I have been able to hack my way to whiter teeth in a very low cost, safe and highly effective manner.
The ingredients are quite simple:
While food grade hydrogen peroxide is optimal due to purity, a brown bottle off your local grocers shelf will give you the intended effects. It has been shown to be a highly safe and effective teeth whitener.
Mix a couple table spoons of xylitol (shown to induce remineralization of deeper layers of demineralized enamel by facilitating Ca 2+ movement and accessibility) into the hydrogen peroxide for added flavor and benefit. Then add twenty drops of your favorite essential oil (10 rosemary + 10 peppermint is nice). Shake the bottle and use as your regular mouthwash, rinsing between your teeth for 30 seconds, especially after consuming a possible staining food and/or liquid.
It should be understood that since you are not contacting your teeth with the hydrogen peroxide for long periods of time, that it is only the surface stains you are eliminating. This is still a pretty big deal and white teeth are the intended effect.
For a true whitening on all layers, it's best to have them professionally bleached by your dentist. To keep them sparkling between visits and remove surface stains now in a safe and inexpensive manner, the solution listed in this article has been shown to do wonders.
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