You’ve looked and looked in the mirror…..then looked some more, willing them to be their whitest.
But, to no avail.
Actually, the answer may be a lot easier than you’d expect.
There are two paths to a whiter, brighter smile—
- slow, steady, continuous–things you can do to improve your smile
- faster, as-needed (or wanted)–whitening products and whitening options dental professionals can provide.
Your results will be better and last longer if you do both.
Here are the “slow and steady”, but very effective, ways:
1. Use an electric toothbrush
A good quality electric toothbrush will not only clean your teeth and gums more effectively, it will also remove stain better than a manual toothbrush (unless you’ve got sonic hands), especially when combined with a whitening toothpaste.
There just doesn’t seem to be getting away from this one, is there?
If keeping plaque and gum-disease away are not enough motivation, think of it this way: with last night’s dinner still stuck between your teeth, how are your toothpaste and toothbrush bristles going to remove stain?
3. Modify soda and other dark liquid consumption
Dark liquids may excite your taste buds, but in terms of stain (and many, to your general health)–they’re doing you no favors. One solution is to use a straw to drink them, which reduces exposure to stain.
Of course, it’s not exactly a classy way to enjoy a glass of red wine (the waiter at Chez Paree might frown), so try a different solution–sip some water right after, and be sure to brush as soon as possible.
It also helps to drink your sodas and ice teas in a few minutes rather than sipping on them for hours.
4. Curb/quit smoking
If vanity can ever be the final straw, let it be for white teeth. Smoking will take your teeth nowhere but the dark side. Cut back on (or cut out) smoking and the stain will go with it. Pipe stains can be especially tenacious.
5. Eat raw fruits and vegetables
The most delicious tip of the bunch. Crunchy foods like raw apples and celery, and fruits like strawberries have natural stain-removal properties. If you eat these foods anyway, give yourself bonus points!
6. Keep up with your dental visits
Those dental tools may not be much to look at but boy, in the right hands–like your dentist’s or dental hygienist’s–not only do they provide better oral health but get to nooks and crannies you can’t.
Stay on schedule with your teeth cleaning and check up appointments and they’ll get your pearlies spruced up before stain gets out of hand.
7. Start early
Don’t shoot the messenger, but……age definitely contributes to staining of teeth. With the exception of internal stain due to antibiotics or other developmental reasons, external stain is a factor of our oral care and diet, and gets more stubborn over time.
Start good habits (as listed above) early, and maintain them, and you’ll reap the fruits of your labor for years to come.
Ready for a brighter smile? Then get started on these tips today. Combine them with professional whitening, and you’ve not only got a winning combination, but a winning smile too 🙂
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