We all want to look great, and healthy teeth creates healthy smiles. Whiting your teeth can be a benefit not only for your look, but for the health of your mouth as well. Use these tips below to make those pearly whites shine and promote overall wellness for the health of your mouth.
Schedule regular appointments to have your teeth cleaned. Yearly appointments for teeth cleanings are recommended. Many people do who do not visit the dentist on a regular basis are quick to buy harsh chemicals to whiten their teeth later. Avoid stained teeth and harsh chemicals completely by having your teeth cleaned at the dentist at least once a year.
If you want a white and bright smile and do not have the time to go to the dentist or spend money on tooth whitening products there are things you can do from home. A bit of salt with some citrus juice, preferably lemon, can over time help make your smile wonderful again.
Contrary to popular belief, lime and lemon juice are not effective ways to get your teeth whiter. In fact, it is best that you stay away from them completely. The acid that both of these juices contain can actually wear away your enamel and cause more tooth discoloration, along with cavities.
Strange, but true, wood ash will help whiten your teeth. Wood ash contains a compound that will bleach your teeth called potassium hydroxide. The tiny crystals help to scrape off plague in hard to reach places and will scrub your teeth clean. To use it you can mix it with toothpaste or put it directly on your toothbrush.
To keep your teeth from becoming stained, try to avoid drinking coffee and tea. These drinks will stain your teeth if you consume them in any quantity. If you just can't give them up, sip some water while you are drinking them, and then rinse your mouth out thoroughly once you are finished.
Eat natural “brushing” food. The most common natural “toothbrush” that you can eat is an apple. The texture helps to eliminate stains on your teeth. Other foods that can help scrub your teeth are veggies like celery and raw carrots and snacks like popcorn. Eat them at the end of your meal if you cannot brush at that time.
If you're considering having your teeth whitened, talk to your dentist first. While some stains and discoloration are easily treated by bleaching, others won't respond as well. Bleaching also won't work if you have caps, crowns, or similar types of dental work. Discussing teeth whitening with your dentist will prepare you for potential problems and help you figure out the best way to treat your teeth.
As you just read, there are many quick and healthy ways to keep your teeth shining and white. Improving the health of your teeth can improve the health of your mouth as well. White teeth can give you the confidence you have been lacking and a healthy smile can open doors to a great self-esteem.