We have all heard the phrase “smile while you still have teeth”. But, having white teeth is a sign of good health and personal hygiene, and is also essential for a lovely smile. A smile can be very inviting—having a whiter smile is engaging and exciting. Whiter teeth, like thick, shiny, hair, is something that many people in our cosmetically driven world desire today. And people spend a lot of money to keep their teeth white. But this article brings in front of you some of the ways in which this care would be cost efficient as well as easy to do. While none of these suggestions will work in the same way as a professional whitening service, they can help whiten your teeth and they won’t cost you a fortune. Just remember to talk to your dentist before you try any home remedies to make sure they won’t damage your teeth. If you want to know how to make some lifestyle changes as well as to try some at-home treatments for whitening your teeth, just follow these steps:
- Baking Soda and Lemon Juice Paste. Sodium bicarbonate (its official name) is mildly abrasive; gently scrubbing away surface stains to return teeth to a whiter shade. It’s also very alkaline (the opposite of acidic) so I would think if you have a very acidic mouth or eat a lot of acidic food, it could help balance out the pH, which would be useful as acid breaks down enamel-this is strictly speculation on my part. It will also reduce the acidity of the lemon juice, which acts as a natural bleach of sorts.
- Thoroughly brush and floss your teeth. This will help remove any build-up that will prevent your teeth from being whitened. Flossing your teeth will remove plaque in between your teeth and will ensure that this area is whitened as well. Also be sure to get your gums, too.
- Avoid foods or beverages that stain your teeth. Where possible, you may be able to prevent further staining by making some lifestyle changes. This includes stopping all smoking, and reducing your consumption of beverages containing tannins––soda, coffee, red wine, and tea all contain tannins. In some cases, you can help keep tannin drinks away from your teeth by drinking them with a straw (do not drink hot liquids through a straw).
- Eat more apples, celery, and carrots. They’re like a fruit and veggie toothbrush for the teeth and they help increase the production of saliva in your mouth, removing plaque. As an added bonus, their high levels of vitamin C help to kill off odour-causing bacteria and strengthen your gums.
- Rinse with a glass of half lemon juice and half warm water once a week. This will lighten your teeth. Don’t do it more than once a week though, as the lemon juice can erode teeth too.
- Brush your teeth twice a day. While brushing and flossing won’t remove existing stains, good mouth hygiene is essential to preventing more staining and to keeping your teeth in excellent shape. The first most useful thing you can do is to brush your teeth regularly, to remove plaque, pieces of food and drink residue. Plaque will attack your teeth and gums if left in place and brushing (in conjunction with flossing) helps to disturb its ability to grow.
- Schedule regular dental appointments. Have your dentist clean your teeth professionally at your regularly-scheduled appointments. This will help you maintain good dental hygiene, spot any cavities, and keep white, healthy teeth.
Remember to talk to your dentist before you try any teeth whitening product to make sure that it won’t hurt your teeth. Remember, white teeth are great, but as long as your teeth are healthy, the shade does not matter!