When it comes to meeting new people one of the first things that we often notice about them is their smile. Because of this, it’s no wonder that almost everyone is eager to get an impressive and dazzling white smile, but this task is easier said than done. Everywhere you look it seems that you are getting lots of different information about what’s right and wrong when it comes to keeping your teeth in good shape, so how do you know what to do? Here are the top ten ways to make your teeth bright and one of your best features:
As you all know the sugar that’s found in lots of foods and drinks can be extremely negative when it comes to the health of your teeth. When sugar touches your teeth, it helps build up plaque, a gross film that is responsible for giving your teeth a yellowish color. By cutting some of the sugar out of your diet you will be creating less plaque buildup around your teeth, making it a lot easier for you to get the white smile that you desire. This is especially important for the day-time meals that you grab while you’re out of the house. While at home you have the option to immediately brush away the sugar from your teeth, eating out in public doesn’t grant you the same opportunity. This is why it is easier to simply cut some of the sugar out of your diet rather than relying on brushing to remove it all.
If you do have to eat while you are out fresh fruits and vegetables are a great option that will not only maintain your body’s health but also help whiten your teeth. Tough vegetables, such as baby carrots, play a great role in whitening your teeth because of how hard they are. As you chew on these tasty snacks the rough texture rubs against your teeth, helping remove any plaque that has built up throughout the day. While this is certainly no replacement for brushing, it can do wonders when compared to eating foods that have no benefits for whitening your smile. In addition to helping you clean your teeth, the lack of harsh sugars found in other foods will allow you to remove some plaque without immediately replacing it, all while eating healthily to keep the rest of your body in shape as well.
For some people, the thought of cutting coffee out of their daily routine seems like an impossible task, especially if you’re someone that needs caffeine to get them through their mornings. However, there is a way that you can enjoy a nice cup of coffee without having to worry as much about the brown teeth staining that coffee normally causes. By placing a straw between your teeth and using it to drink your coffee you can keep the majority of the damaging liquid from staining your teeth while still enjoying your beverage. This tip doesn’t stop at just coffee though and can instead be used for any type of sugary drink, such as soft drinks or sugary juices. If you are concerned about the effects using many straws can have on the environment then I would recommend purchasing a reusable straw that you can carry in a purse or briefcase for easy and continuous use throughout your busy work week.
One of the main causes behind yellowing teeth is the deterioration of your teeth’s enamel, a calcium-rich surface that covers every one of your teeth. As the enamel covering your teeth wears away it begins to reveal the layer underneath the enamel that is naturally yellow. Given that your enamel is made primarily of calcium, ensuring that you have plenty of it in your diet can limit how much enamel deteriorates overtime. This will help your enamel last longer and help you maintain teeth whiteness without the use of other teeth whitening methods. An easy way to ensure that your diet has plenty of calcium is by drinking milk, which is one of the most common sources of calcium in our diets. If for some reason you are unable to drink milk, some other calcium-rich foods are:
With there being so many unique brands of toothpaste on the market, it is no wonder that many people are unsure which ones will work best for whitening teeth. But there are some notable differences between most brands. One way that these kinds of toothpaste are different is in the purposes they serve. The majority kinds of toothpaste that we see have one basic function, removing the plaque that builds up around your teeth. While this is important for preventing cavities and gum disease most of these basic kinds of toothpaste will do little in terms of brightening your smile. Instead, you should try to find a toothpaste that advertises its teeth whitening abilities. Although these types of toothpaste can be quite a bit more expensive than the typical brands, it is worth the extra cost if you want to be sure that you are buying toothpaste that will not only keep your teeth safe but improve their appearance as well. You can use one that is recommended by the dentist or dental health care.
If you want to be sure of your toothpaste’s whitening abilities one solution is to occasionally swap it out with a combination the following ingredients:
To do this you want to begin by taking about four teaspoons of baking soda and putting it into a small glass or plastic bowl. Afterward, slowly add small amounts of hydrogen peroxide into the baking soda until it makes a nice paste. A good rule of thumb for how much peroxide to add is that the paste should not have a gritty texture but also should not become too liquidly.
Once you have this paste complete, you can brush your teeth normally except for at the end, where you will want to leave the peroxide paste on your teeth for a few minutes. Something important to note is that with this method you should never use anything greater than a 10% strength peroxide. Doing so could cause excessive gum and tongue irritation that will become painful over time. Because of the presence of Hydrogen Peroxide in this homemade toothpaste, it is not recommended to use this method with young children, given their tendencies to accidentally swallow toothpaste.
If you are already satisfied with the toothpaste you own you can opt-out of using hydrogen peroxide as toothpaste and use it as a mouth rinse instead. To do this you will take an even mix of hydrogen peroxide and water, and combine them in a small drinking glass. Once the two components are mixed thoroughly together, you can swish it in your mouth anywhere from thirty seconds to one minute, at which point you should spit it out into your sink.
While the mixture is in your mouth you should avoid accidentally swallowing any of it as hydrogen peroxide can be dangerous to ingest in certain quantities. You should also immediately spit the mixture out if it begins to sting or burn your mouth. If you continue to use the mixture when this happens, then you can cause severe irritation to your gums that will take a long time to heal, and possibly make whitening your teeth a more difficult process for some time.
For some people, the heavy presence of Hydrogen Peroxide in their mouth rinse or toothpaste can be irritating, so they have to switch to this simpler method of teeth whitening. To begin with this method, simply mix a few teaspoons of baking soda with small amounts of water until a nice paste has formed. Once you have finished making your paste, you can apply a generous amount to your toothbrush and begin brushing your teeth normally before rinsing your mouth out completely with water.
While this method is not as efficient as the baking soda and Hydrogen Peroxide combination, this method will work better for people with sensitive gums. This method is also more suitable if you tend to accidentally swallow your toothpaste while you are brushing your teeth. Because there is no dangerous Hydrogen Peroxide in this mixture, swallowing small quantities will not be harmful as long as it is not done in excessive amounts. This also makes it a more valid option if you are trying to whiten your child’s teeth as well.
A classic example of medicinal advice that almost everyone knows is the fact that smoking cigarettes and chewing tobacco are terrible habits that have extremely negative impacts on your health. However, what many people don’t realize is that both of these things have negative effects on the appearance of your teeth as well. Whether you are smoking or chewing, putting anything tobacco-related makes your teeth lose their beautiful white color. The main reason for this is the fact that as you smoke and chew tobacco, a horrible brown stain begins to cover your teeth, similarly to coffee. And once these stains are there, they are incredibly difficult to remove because they become ingrained into the enamel.
Unlike coffee, however, the presence of tobacco alone has other negative effects on your mouth’s appearance and health as well. For starters, the use of tobacco can lead to major types of diseases and illnesses, including gingivitis and mouth cancer. In addition to this, the use of tobacco promotes bad breath.
When it comes to the various teeth whitening home remedies, there is a great amount of research that you must do to find out not only which one works, but also which ones are bad for your teeth. A commonly recommended routine to whiten your teeth is to smear the inside of a banana peel across the surface of your teeth. While this initially seems like a good idea because it is not too far off from brush, the results are that this does little to improve your teeth. Instead, it is recommended that you simply chew a piece of sugar-free mint gum for a few moments to achieve the same effects.
Another home remedy that you should avoid is the application of acidic fruit peels, such as oranges and lemons, and apple cider vinegar to your teeth. Many people assume that by applying highly acidic things you will strip away a great deal of plaque, ultimately making your teeth whiter. While this is true you will also strip away large amounts of tooth enamel damaging the health of your teeth and making them more yellow over time.
Through some basic experimentation with these tips, there is no doubt that you will find a teeth whitening method that works for you. Whether you are trying to whiten your teeth or maintain a dazzling white smile, with a little patience you will surely accomplish your goals.