Do you wish you had a Hollywood smile? Read these natural techniques for a whiter, healthier set of gnashers.
Reduce foods that stain
There are bound to be certain foods you eat regularly that contribute to dull and stained teeth. The main offenders are red wine, black coffee and tea, and dark sauces like gravy and soy sauce. Basically, any very dark food or drink will have an effect on the appearance of your teeth. Try to reduce your intake of these substances and consume alternatives. For example, milky coffee and tea, herbal teas, and light sauces are sensible swaps.
Clean after foods that stain
Let’s face it, it’s completely impractical to eliminate all teeth staining foods from your diet (think about blueberries!). So when you do eat or drink these foods, it is a good idea to get into the habit of cleaning your teeth afterwards. If you are on the go, pick up an apple, some raw carrots or celery for a natural and tasty way to polish your gnashers.
Kick the habit
As well as being terribly bad for your health, smoking is one of the main teeth staining culprits. It can also lead to further oral health issues like gum disease, tooth loss, and mouth cancer. If you are a smoker, there are many quitting methods you can try like electronic cigarettes and e-liquid, nicotine patches and gum.
Add apple cider to your teeth cleaning regime
For a natural alternative to teeth whitening products and procedures, pick up some apple cider vinegar. Before brushing in the morning, add one part vinegar to two parts water and gargle with the solution. The vinegar will help to remove stains from your teeth, leaving them whiter. It will also kill bacteria in your mouth.
Change your toothbrush regularly
Dentists recommend that you change your toothbrush every three months, or earlier if the bristles look worn out. If you continue to use a toothbrush past this point, it won’t clean your teeth properly, and the old brush will just add more bacteria to your mouth.
Learn how to brush your teeth the proper way
Some people believe the harder you brush, the cleaner and whiter your teeth will look. This is a common toothbrushing mistake. Vigorous brushing can damage your teeth and gums. Instead, hold your toothbrush like a pencil as this will result in a gentler technique. Use your brush in a circular motion, rather than back and forward, for a more effective cleaning method. As hard as it may be, you should try your best to floss as much as possible. Before bed is often the best time for many, as they are in less of a rush.
Brush your tongue
Brushing your tongue prevents bad breath but it also leads to whiter, healthier teeth. Your tongue is like a sponge for bacteria, and the longer the germs sit there, the more discoloured your teeth will become. Use long strokes with a soft toothbrush and rinse after each stroke, for the most efficient cleaning technique.
We hope these tips will put a whiter and healthier smile on your face.