8 Pro Tips to Get Healthy White teeth at home!
"A smile is happiness you'll find right under your nose," said Tom Wilson.
If you're like us, you just can't get enough of a great smile. It's a great ice breaker and a conversation starter. But when our teeth are not as white as we’d like them to be, we hold ourselves back from smiling confidently.
Yellow teeth or a faded, dull smile can weigh on your confidence and seeking expensive teeth whitening solutions or orthodontic treatments may not always be a feasible solution.
Well, the great news is that it's not just good genes that make your smile shine. You can get naturally white teeth at home! Here are eight such pro tips to help you whiten your teeth and achieve those smile goals.
1. Brush Your Teeth Twice a Day
‘You don't have to brush all your teeth, just the ones you want to keep.’ You’ve probably heard that joke before, right?
Yes, brushing all your teeth twice a day is one of the easiest ways to ensure a healthy set of white teeth. It sounds pretty basic, but you'd be surprised how many people skip this rule, sometimes out of sheer laziness.
If you're wearing front teeth braces, use interdental brushes to get the food stuck between the small gaps between the wires and your teeth. Preferably brush after breakfast and the last meal of the day. If you consume dessert after dinner, then brush your teeth post-dessert.
2. Brush the Right Way
Brushing is the best way to whiten your teeth, but it just doesn't work if you aren't doing it right. Make sure you use both horizontal and vertical brush strokes to remove the debris stuck between your teeth. Brush for at least 2-3 minutes each time to ensure nothing is left in between the gaps.
And trust us - brushing aggressively is worse for your teeth than you’d like to believe. It can damage the enamel and cause a host of sensitivity issues. Plus, applying too much pressure when brushing your invisible aligners can leave streaks on them. Brush gently, firmly, and for the right amount of time.
3. Gargle After You Eat
It's next to impossible not to have food trapped in every nook and corner of your teeth, especially if you're wearing metal or transparent teeth braces. And, as you might have guessed, a lot of food tends to get stuck in our teeth because we brush only twice a day.
When the food ends up staying in our teeth for too long, they eventually rot, leading to bad breath, poor oral hygiene, and yellow teeth. But if you happen to be a foodie, don't worry! You can whiten your teeth and continue to snack to your heart's content by gargling.
Every time you consume something, gargle or rinse your mouth. This practice is as essential as brushing your teeth.
4. Floss with care
Another great practice recommended by dentists is flossing your teeth regularly. It need not be every day but following this practice at least once a week is a fool proof way to remove debris in your teeth. Use a slow, sawing motion for the best results.
5. Beware What You Drink!
If you wonder why you still have yellow teeth despite brushing, flossing, and gargling, you might want to consider cutting back on the soda.
Acidic, processed drinks like colas and fruit juices can harm tooth health and whiteness. Consuming these drinks every day is a pretty quick way to weaken the tooth enamel and dissolve its natural minerals. This can lead to staining, cavities, and other common issues.
Even coffee has a bad track record of staining and yellowing your teeth. As such, the best way to whiten your teeth is to moderate your intake of such drinks.
6. Go Easy on the Sugar
You're no stranger to the ill-effects of refined sugar on teeth. It can up your chances of infections, gum disease, and cavities - not to mention yellow teeth. Excessive amounts of sugar can turn the bacteria in dental plaque into acids. Raising the levels of acidity can erode the enamel and eventually cause your teeth to become yellow.
But just because you want whiter teeth doesn’t mean you should give up on pastries and chocolates! Simply cutting back on these treats should do the trick. Plus, you can use natural sweeteners and other sugar-free alternatives instead of sugar when baking.
7. Get the Right Toothpaste
On the surface, it seems like every toothpaste is practically the same for teeth whitening and cleaning. But when you break it down, some toothpaste formulas give better whitening results than others.
You can easily brighten up your smile with a good quality whitening toothpaste. Look for fluoride and hydrogen peroxide ingredients - these chemicals remove stains and combat bacteria, thereby making your teeth white. Fluoride pastes are especially useful after removing metal, ceramic, lingual, and other braces for teeth as they prevent white spots from appearing on the enamel.
You can also occasionally switch to charcoal powder as an alternative to toothpaste. However, be sure to use it in limited amounts as it can be abrasive on your teeth and damage the enamel.
8. Cut Down on Vices
Certain habits like smoking, chewing tobacco, and drinking alcoholic beverages can lead to stains, deterioration of teeth quality, and general wear and tear. It's a good idea to moderate these activities - or ditch them altogether. If you're going to be the spark of every room with bright white teeth, you may as well leave these harmful habits behind for good.
So, in the end, you don’t need expensive teeth whitening solutions and treatments to brighten your smile. Paying attention to your oral hygiene, diet, and habits can fetch you similar results for a lot less.
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