What Are The Best Ways To Whiten Your Teeth?

Everything today has to be instant.

None one wants to wait for anything.

It's almost like there needs to be a shortcut or a magic pill for everything we want in life.

Finding a partner, losing weight, advancing in your career; there just HAS to be a way to get everything done quickly, and with minimal work.

Unfortunately, that's not how the world functions.

Nothing happens instantly, and everything worthwhile takes time and effort. 

With an open mind, a willingness to work, and a positive mentality, we can usually get what we want.

The same principals apply for white teeth.

Everyone wants to wake up in the morning with a beautiful pearly white smile.

But, no one wants to work for it. Or, maybe they're just not sure how to work for it.

We don't have a "magic pill" solution for you, but we will discuss several tips below that are easy to implement and will give you the movie star smile you want.

 

Article Table of Contents:

  1. Oil Pulling
  2. Avoid Stains
  3. Use Apple Cider Vinegar
  4. Use A Whitening Toothpaste
  5. Regular Dental Appointments

1. Oil Pulling

You're probably thinking, "oil what?"

Oil pulling is a tradition started in India meant to improve oral hygiene and remove toxins from the body.

To oil pull, you swish oil in your mouth that removes the bacteria, that turns into plaque, that makes your teeth look yellow.

Traditionally, the Indians used sunflower or sesame oil, but any oil will work.

Coconut oil is a popular option today because of the pleasant taste and added health benefits.

Coconut oil is also high in lauric acid, known for its ability to reduce inflammation and kill bacteria.

Unfortunately, there aren't any studies that back up the Indian tradition.

However, it's a safe practice that's worth a try.

After oil pulling, many people do claim that their teeth are whiter and brighter.

To do it correctly, put a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth and push and pull the oil through your teeth.

The coconut oil is solid at room temperature, so you might have to wait a few seconds to let it melt.

For best results, you should continue the oil pulling for 15-20 minutes.

When you're finished, don't spit the oil in the sink because it will clog your pipes.

Instead, spit it in the toilet or a trashcan.

Unlike other whitening methods, oil pulling with coconut oil won't expose your teeth to acid that can erode the enamel, so it is safe to do daily.

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Avoiding the things that stain your teeth is the best way to keep them white

2. Avoid Stains

The easiest way to whiten your teeth is to keep them white in the first place.

Most people are aware that coffee and red wine will stain your teeth, but the list doesn't end there.

There are plenty of other food and drinks that can stain your teeth.

A few of them are: 

  • green tea
  • black tea
  • sugary treats
  • marinara
  • curry
  • turmeric
  • white wine
  • blueberries
  • blackberries
  • pomegranates
  • soda
  • barbecue sauce
  • paprika
  • balsamic vinegar

All of these foods and drinks will either cause or contribute to the staining of your teeth.

These stains are called extrinsic stains, and the good news is that they're easily removed.

If you're already mad because you have to give up your daily cup of coffee, don't worry.

Just be sure to rinse your mouth out with water within 30 minutes of drinking it.

The water rinse will wash away the offending liquid and decrease the chance of staining.

Believe it or not, rinsing with water is better than brushing immediately after eating or drinking one of the staining foods.

When you brush immediately after, you're just scrubbing the enamel-eroding acid right into your teeth.

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3. Use Apple Cider Vinegar

People have used apple cider vinegar for decades as a disinfectant and natural cleaning product.

The main ingredient in apple cider vinegar, acetic acid, kills bacteria.

Its antibacterial properties are what makes it useful for cleaning your mouth and whitening your teeth.

A study performed on cows proved that apple cider vinegar does have a bleaching effect on your teeth, but it might also soften your teeth.

The same acid that is good at killing bacteria also has the potential to erode the enamel on your teeth.

Because of this, don't gargle apple cider vinegar every day. You also don't want to do it for extended periods so you can limit the amount of time it's in contact with your teeth.

To use it as a mouthwash, dilute it with water and swish it around in your mouth for several minutes.

Rinse your mouth with plain water when you're finished.

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4. Use A Whitening Toothpaste

Another quick and easy way to whiten your teeth? Whitening toothpaste.

Whitening toothpaste uses polishers and abrasives that buff away dark spots as well as gentle chemical cleaning agents.

Whitening toothpaste can be very effective, but you won't see results overnight.

You should notice a difference over the course of a few months, but don't expect to see a difference overnight.

Whitening toothpaste is the most universally used form of teeth whitening, and there's a good reason for that.

You can easily pick up a tube of toothpaste at any big box store for just a few dollars, and you don't have to add anything extra to your routine.

You won't get that movie star smile overnight, but over time, you will notice the difference.

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Seeing your dentist on a regular basis is the best way to keep your smile nice and bright.

5. Regular Dental Appointments

And finally, the best way to get the bright smile you're dreaming of is to visit your dentist and let the professionals handle it.

It's best if you visit your dentist at least twice a year.

Before you stockpile the apple cider vinegar and coconut oil, make an appointment to see your dentist.

Your dentist will perform thorough cleanings that will get you close to that movie star smile.

Once your teeth have been cleaned by your dentist, the tips above will become much more effective.

It's easier to keep a white canvas white than it is to turn a yellow canvas into a white canvas.

If you need a dentist that can clean your teeth and give you that bright smile, look no further.

The dentists at Hylan Dental Care have years of experience giving people bright smiles, and they will get yours suitable for the red carpet.

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