An entire industry has been devoted to whitening teeth. Big brands are charging a premium for quick, easy solutions to the daily wear and tear of our teeth’s brightness. Whitening kits can cost anywhere from $10 to $50 and appointments for professional whitening can run in the hundreds. Before spending your hard earned dollars on over the counter remedies and expensive visits, try some of these safe ways to brighten your pearly whites.
Baking Soda: It’s the secret ingredient to your new beauty routine. A combatant of yellow teeth and bad breath, this household staple does it all.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Stubborn stains don’t stand a chance against this. This option usually takes a bit longer to see results, but if consistent, some people attest to it looking like a professional whitening job. Be sure not to let the vinegar set into your teeth as the acid can erode the enamel. After brushing with ACV, brush with normal water for a few seconds. Strawberries: An enzyme called malic acid is found in both strawberries and many whitening toothpastes. Cut a berry in half, rub on your teeth for approximately one minute, then rinse.
Eat Cheddar, Drink Milk: Lactic acid is said to help maintain teeth. Meaning, the enamel and strength of teeth. Hard cheeses, like cheddar, help to remove other food particles from teeth while fortifying with calcium and vitamin D.
Follow Your Dentist’s Recommendations: We preach brushing twice per day for two minutes at a time to our children. Do we follow the same rules? Follow good brushing habits and you’ll combat new stains and rid your pearly whites of old ones.
Eat Abrasive Foods: Sounds scary. What this means is to eat more apples, carrots, or celery. These foods contain cellulose, which cleans teeth by removing surface stains. Greens also provide a barrier to stains because of their mineral compounds. Just another reason to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet.
Blue-Based Red or Pink Lipstick: Hues with this cool undertone make teeth appear brighter to the average eye. The same is true for dark colored clothing. Try Smashbox’s Lip Enhancing Gloss in Tease to get this desired effect.
Hydrogen Peroxide: Be sure to buy a 3% solution hydrogen peroxide, which is considered safe for oral use by the American Dental Association. Create a mixture of 50% hydrogen peroxide and 50% water to swish in your mouth for about one minute. Spit once time is up and rinse with water. Be sure to brush your teeth as usual after using this concoction. Floss: Brushing isn’t the only method towards whiter teeth. Flossing removes food particles and bacteria that live in the spaces between teeth. You’re not only cosmetically changing your mouth, but also bettering the overall health of it. See Your Dentist: Not just see your dentist, but see your dentist at regular intervals for cleanings and screenings. Nothing beats a clean like those done by professionals with the best tools out there. You’ll even be sure to notice any major changes in your oral health and combat problems from the start.
Make Small Changes: Cut back on coffee intake, quit smoking, drink less pop and more water. The things that are generally going to stain your teeth are the ones to steer clear of when your goal is to have a whiter smile. Small changes can make a big difference.