10 Steps To A Brighter Smile
Who doesn't want to walk around with a bright, beautiful smile?
We should all be confident enough to flash our pearly whites every chance we get.
Having a bright white smile is a great goal to have, and one that's easily attained.
Admittedly though, sometimes it can feel nearly impossible to keep our teeth white.
That's why I've compiled this list of tips and tricks to keep our smiles big and bright.
Read on to discover the methods to use to get the bright white smile you've always dreamed of.
1. Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide
Maybe you've already heard of this one. That's because it works.
Mix one part hydrogen peroxide with two parts baking soda and start brushing.
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If you don't want to brush, go ahead and grab a washcloth. Dip the washcloth in the peroxide and start scrubbing your teeth.
It's just like scrubbing your furniture with Lysol. The peroxide loosens the stain, and the cloth rubs them away.
If you're not big into DIY projects, you can buy mouthwash made with hydrogen peroxide.
2. Brush frequently
This one might seem obvious.
If you want white teeth, you need to brush them.
Many people make this mistake and still wonder why their teeth aren't getting any whiter.
It's like saying you want to start getting more sleep, but you stay up until 4:00 AM when you need to be up at 6.
That's not going to work.
Same principles apply to
You need to brush more than once a day. Twice a day is the absolute bare minimum.
You'll also need to use a good whitening toothpaste.
Look for toothpaste that has a mild abrasive called silica. That will help scrub away new stains.
Fluoride will also help. Look for tubes with .018% and above.
3. Avoid food and drinks that stain
This one's all about being proactive instead of reactive.
Anything that you'd be afraid to drop on your brand new white shirt you should be afraid to put on your teeth.
Ketchup, coffee, mustard, hot chocolate, soda. The list goes on and on.
Barbecue sauce and the like is one of the worse offenders because it's sticky and dark.
Whenever possible, choose the lighter version over the darker, like having a cappuccino over an espresso.
4. Stimulate saliva
Wait, you're saying my spit can help whiten my teeth?
Yeah, that's pretty much it.
Your saliva acts as a natural cleaner for your mouth.
Chew sugar-free gum, eat hard raw fruits and veggies, and suck on sugar-free candies.
Don't bother buying the expensive whitening gum either; they don't work.
It doesn't sit on your teeth long enough to make a difference.
5. Try oil pulling
Oil pulling is a folk remedy used to improve oral hygiene and remove toxins from the body.
Coconut oil is a popular choice because along with the benefits of using it to pull, it comes equipped with many more health benefits.
Okay, so how exactly does it work?
Put one tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth and work it through your teeth.
Coconut is a solid at room temperature, so you might need to wait a minute or two as it melts in your mouth.
Now start swishing the oil in your mouth for a good 15-20 minutes.
That seems like a long time, you're right.
Best thing to do is to do it while you're working on something else.
Like doing the dishes or vacuuming your floors.
Two birds with one stone.
Once you're done, spit the oil into a trashcan. The oil will return to a solid, so you don't want to spit it into your drains and cause a clog.
Oil pulling is a great way to clean your teeth because it doesn't expose them to any acids that will erode your enamel.
You can oil pull daily.
6. Use Apple Cider Vinegar
It seems like we use apple cider vinegar for everything these days.
It feels like it came out of nowhere.
However, it's been around for centuries as a disinfectant and a natural cleaner.
Acetic acid is the main active ingredient in apple cider vinegar, and it does a great job killing bacteria.
However, the acid has the potential to erode the enamel on your teeth.
A study done on cows showed that the vinegar softened their teeth.
To use it as mouthwash, dilute it with water and swish it around in your mouth.
Just don't do it every day since it can hurt your enamel.
7. Eat your fruits and veggies
We've all heard the line, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away."
I can't verify that, but it can go a long way in keeping your smile beautiful and bright.
Crunchy raw fruits help rub the plaque off of your teeth while you chew.
You don't want to ditch the toothbrush for a stick of celery, but eating your fruits and veggies can help keep your teeth clean throughout the day.
This goes hand in hand with brushing your teeth.
Flossing along with brushing your teeth will help rid your mouth of bacteria and prevent plaque from building up on your teeth.
While you floss, you're getting in between your teeth and removing the bacteria that leads to plaque buildup.
9. Try an electric toothbrush
While your traditional toothbrush will get the job done, an electric toothbrush will go the extra mile.
They do a remarkable job removing plaque, and they stimulate the gums while you brush.
Some of them even have a timer that goes off when you've brushed them long enough.
No more counting in your head or singing the ABC song twice while you brush your teeth.
You'll know precisely when to stop.
10. Get your teeth whitened professionally
If you have a dire need to get your teeth whitened, leave it to the professionals.
If you're in a time crunch, or you need to be sure your pearly whites are extra pearly for a special occasion, schedule an appointment with your dentist.
This is the most expensive method, but it will also deliver the best results in the shortest amount of time.
Doing any of these steps listed above will get you the bright smile you've always wanted.
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