Just like everyone wants six-pack abs, the whole world wants whiter teeth too. In fact, most people would probably be willing to forego their overall dental hygiene if it meant they could just flash a brighter smile. Fortunately, this isn’t necessary. You can do a number of things that will help get your smile whiter and keep it like that without doing any damage to the overall quality of health your mouth is experiencing.
You may be surprised how much easier it is to keep your teeth nice and white when you’re working with them, not against them. Too many people have no idea how much harder they’re making it on themselves by the foods and drinks they consume on a regular basis.
Start cutting back on the following foods today: dark soda, red wine, black tea, coffee. Not only do these drinks stain your teeth, giving you more work to do in order to get them white, they also damage them over and over with every gulp.
If you find it too difficult not to have them—for example, if you need coffee to stay awake at work—drink it through a straw so the liquid has minimal contact with your teeth.
It’s not just about what you drink though. The foods you eat can be just as bad. Things like ketchup, soy sauce and just about anything that’s high in acidity. Yes, this even means citrus fruits you may be eating to enjoy better health. Sadly, they hurt your teeth, so if you must have them, wash your mouth out immediately.
These foods are damaging not just because of acidity though, but because the sugar in them feeds bacteria living in your mouth. Feeding them means they get to do more damage to your enamel.
Hopefully, it comes as no surprise that you have to brush your teeth regularly to achieve a whiter smile. This means at least twice a day, but you should strive to do better by making time to do it after every meal. If you can’t make this happen, then at least wash your mouth out after every meal and look to fit one more brushing in between the other two.
When you do brush, though, make sure you’re not doing more harm than good. If you’re brushing too hard, the bristles on your brush will eventually damage the enamel you’re trying to protect.
Lastly, use a timer to ensure you’re brushing your teeth for at least two minutes. Divide the top of your mouth into two halves, do the same with the bottom and then spend 30 seconds on each.
You can spend a lot of money buying all kinds of whitening products. Professional bleaching is even more expensive. However, you can also use baking soda for a DIY supplement. Just put a little on top of the toothpaste you normally use once it’s on the brush. You can also use it by itself if that’s easier.
Do this once a week for a month and then stop, as too much baking soda is bad for your teeth. To find out how often you can repeat this regimen, speak to your dentist and g et their recommendation on the matter.
Aside from avoiding the bad foods we mentioned above, you also need plenty of vitamin D and calcium in your diet. Combined with regular sun exposure, vitamin D helps your body absorb greater amounts of calcium which ultimately produce teeth capable of warding off that which would stain them.
Getting whiter teeth is far from impossible and doesn’t need to be expensive either. Just implement the above advice for better results.
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