Starting the Quarter off Right: Pearly Whites

It’s spring quarter, and love is in the air. You are going on a date with your newest spring fling and want everything to go smoothy. You perfect your outfit, but no matter how much you pamper and primp, there’s a problem: you are out of crest white-strips, blew all your money on online-shopping and bar hopping, so alas, your teeth will be less than picture perfect for your date. Okay, so maybe I over glamorized and dramatized the college dating scene, but here’s the bottom line: We are college students who spend too much money on bills, groceries, online shopping, bars and other various activities. Obviously, we still want to look presentable, even if we’ve blown a little bit too much of our checking and savings. Crest white-strips and professional teeth whitening products cost an arm and a leg for the average college student, but we still want our pearly whites to shine and dazzle in all their glory, right? Right. What would you say if I told you you can whiten and brighten your smile for little to no cost? Thank me and your bank balance later.

You can easily whiten your teeth for a whopping total of $7. $7! That’s less than most restaurant meals nowadays. I made this wonderful, budget-friendly discovery while I was a senior in high school, and let me tell you; my teeth are whiter now than they have ever been, thanks to this miracle mix. This secret magical product that will help you save loads of cash for that new Lilly Pulitzer dress you have been eye-ing, is simply: baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Mind = blown.

First, you’ll need to buy a bottle of hydrogen peroxide, any brand will do. Second, you will swish the hydrogen peroxide in your mouth for about 1 minute. Make sure not to swallow any of it, swish and spit. I personally like to brush my teeth after spitting out the hydrogen peroxide before using the baking soda. Next, you will need baking soda. If you wish to mix the baking soda with the hydrogen peroxide you may do so, but it is quite messy. I use Arm & Hammer Advance White Baking Soda and Peroxide Mint, which can be found at CVS pharmacy and Wal-Mart.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away? More like tooth decay. Veggies such as green beans, cauliflower, carrots, celery and fruits like apples, strawberries and oranges act as whiteners by gently scrubbing your teeth, massaging your gums and promoting blood flow to help keep gum tissues healthy, while also increasing flow of saliva you produce, promoting even more oral health benefits. Strawberries are the overachievers of the bunch, because they even contain an enzyme known as malic that helps to whiten teeth. Eating right and earning a whiter and brighter smile for doing so? Sounds too good to be true, right? Well fortunately, it’s not! So get to chopping and chewing those fruits and veggies. Your body and your smile will thank you!

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