Nothing says a million dollars like flashing a bright smile. We all want to wow rooms with our energy and vigor from white teeth. But how can this be done at home without costly dental visits? Yellow, dull teeth can seem like a fact of life. However, there are proven ways to increase oral health and get the movie star smile of your dreams.
Avoid Stain Makers
The first step in a brighter smile is to avoid things that stain. Stop stains at the source before they start. Quit smoking and cut back on dark-colored beverages such as colas, coffees, and red wine. A good rule of thumb is to avoid drinking beverages whose spill you would loathe to try to clean out of a light-colored shirt. If you must drink these beverages, consider using a straw to bypass having the liquid pass over your teeth as much as possible.
Follow a Good Oral Hygiene Regimen at Home
In the modern world, there is a wide choice of high-quality dental products to promote oral health. Oral health means a good smile. Brush your teeth two to three times daily, especially after meals and before bed. Use a soft bristle toothbrush combined with whitening toothpaste. Ideally, look for toothpaste that also has fluoride. Position the brush so that its head is at a forty-five-degree angle against the teeth. This will allow the brush to clean where the tooth meets the gums. Before brushing for bed, use dental floss to clean between the teeth.
Regular Dental Visits
See your dentist twice a year for a good cleaning. Dentists have tools and procedures to deep clean the surface of our teeth. The cleaning and polishing the dentist can do will make the surfaces smooth and resistant to stains sticking. The dentist’s vantage point means they can reach, see, and clean areas that would be impossible to do by ourselves. As a bonus, dental cleanings will go a long way to reducing bad breath.
A Homemade Cleaning Paste Packs Punch
Using a homemade cleaning paste puts you in control of the whitening without sacrificing your wallet. Combine baking soda and hydrogen peroxide in a one to two ratio. If in doubt, use more hydrogen peroxide than baking soda. Avoid having the formulation be gritty. Brush with the paste and let it remain on the teeth for one minute. Then rinse thoroughly with clean water. Make sure all residue of the paste is removed from your mouth. Only use this paste two to three times a week, otherwise the paste can break down your tooth enamel and also increase your teeth’s sensitivity.
Apple Cider Vinegar Mops Up Stains
Apple cider vinegar is well-known for cleaning up around the house. However, it also can do wonders to whiten teeth. Gargle with apple cider vinegar once a day. Incorporate apple cider vinegar into your regular at-home oral care. The whitening effect is not instant. Expect results after several weeks of regular use. Alternatively, mix two parts of apple cider vinegar with one part of baking soda. Gently brush your teeth with this mixture twice a week.
Oil Pulling with Coconut Oil and Peppermint
Coconut oil removes stain-causing bacteria. It is non-abrasive, so it is safe to use every day. Take a small amount of coconut oil and mash some peppermint leaves into it. Rinse the mixture around in your mouth, and then spit it out. The lauric acid in the coconut oil will do the job over time.
Activated Charcoal for a Coveted Whiteness
Activated charcoal has a number of benefits, but it is also good for oral care. Just mix some activated charcoal with a small quantity of water. Charcoal powder is best. Apply the mixture to all tooth surface areas. Leave it on for two minutes, then rinse thoroughly until all the charcoal is gone. The charcoal pieces will bind with stain causing materials. In a pinch, the leftovers from burnt toast can be used instead of charcoal.
Salt Stops Stains and Saves Sparkle
Long known for its clean and antiseptic properties, salt also does wonders for your pearly whites. Mix some salt with water. Then use the paste to brush your teeth. Apply the sale formulation gently so that teeth enamel and gums are not damaged.
Crunchy Foods Bite Back At Stains
Fresh fruits and vegetables can clean the teeth when they are crisp. Try adding two apples a day to your diet. Chew the apple thoroughly to get all the benefit from it. In addition to an apple, other good choices are a raw carrot and broccoli.
- Everyone wants a bright smile as a sign of vitality and health.
- Avoid stain causing materials.
- Brush your teeth 2-3 times daily.
- Dentists can deep clean teeth and help prevent stains from sticking.
- Use a homemade cleaning paste 2-3 times a week made of baking soda.
- Rinse daily with apple cider vinegar.
- Use coconut oil and peppermint as an oral rinse.
- Apply activated charcoal as a great stain fighter.
- Polish your teeth with a salt mixture.
- Chew up some crunch foods daily for their stain cutting qualities.
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