Maintaining two rows of shining white teeth takes a bit of work, but the benefits can be seen every time you flash your winning smile. By introducing healthy practices to your routine and watching your intake of certain food and drinks, you will pave the way for a whiter smile and the confidence that comes with it. Because your teeth are our priority, we have put together this list of 10 tips for whiter teeth.
1. Brush and floss regularly
This tip is one that parents and dentists have repeated nonstop over the years, but it still holds true. Brushing and flossing remove buildup of plaque that discolors your teeth. Brush your teeth at least twice a day after you eat – once in the morning and once before you go to sleep.
2. Use an electric toothbrush
Many dentists recommend that their patients use electric toothbrushes because they have been shown to eliminate more plaque than manual toothbrushes. The pulsating bristles dislodge plaque quickly and reach areas that are harder to hit with manual brushes, which offers better cavity and gingivitis protection.
3. Drink a lot of water
Drinking water throughout the day – especially during and after meals – rinses your teeth, preventing staining agents from coating your teeth.
4. Pass on tobacco
Tobacco gives teeth an unhealthy yellow color after prolonged use. While smoking or chewing tobacco is a personal preference, consider its effects on your teeth and body before indulging.
5. Eat foods that are natural teeth whiteners
Some raw fruits and vegetables contribute to whiter teeth by scrubbing your teeth while you eat or by encouraging your mouth to produce more saliva. Examples of these foods include apples, carrots, strawberries, celery, oranges, pineapple, cauliflower and pear.
6. Watch what you drink
Wine (both red and white), coffee, cola drinks and black tea can all discolor your teeth. To prevent staining, you can limit your intake of these beverages, alternate sips of water with sips of the beverages, and brush your teeth soon after drinking.
7. Learn to love the straw
Drinking through a straw helps beverages mostly bypass your teeth on the way to your throat, which limits the time the beverage has to stain your teeth.
8. Consider using whitening toothpastes
Many whitening toothpastes use friction to remove plaque and stains from your teeth. By removing some stains, your teeth may appear brighter. You may want to ask your dentist for recommendations about whitening toothpastes.
9. Take a look at whitening strips
Whitening strips can potentially brighten your smile, but it depends on which strips you use. Some brands have been shown to make an improvement while others produce little to no change. In fact, some strips can harm your teeth because their ingredients are harsh on tooth enamel. Before using whitening strips, you should consult with your dentist for a professional opinion.
10. See your dentist regularly
Your dentist’s profession centers around keeping your teeth white and your gums healthy, so who better to give you advice and care? Regular visits to the dentist will keep your teeth free of plaque, and if you do find yourself wanting whiter teeth, your dentist can discuss the latest and greatest teeth-whitening options with you.