Want a glowing smile without having to pay big bucks to your dentist? Here are some inexpensive and easy steps to take to get your smile whiter!
1. Drink with a Straw
I know, it sounds weird and probably makes you feel like a kid, but it works. If you drink colored liquids with a straw, especially tea or coffee drinks, then they are much less likely to stain your teeth. Colas are another kind of drink which can really stain your teeth with its dark, sticky coloring. Think about it—when you use a straw, the liquid goes straight back to your throat without hitting your teeth. So use a straw whenever you can. It’ll keep your teeth shiny and bright.
2. Teeth Whitening Floss
A fairly new product on the market, dental floss that whitens the teeth can be an easy way to whiten while doing something that you already (or should!) do anyway. Flossing every night, or even twice a day in the morning and evening, can not only make your gums healthy but if you use special floss then you can even whiten those hard-to-reach places between the teeth.
3. High Fiber Diet
What? You might be wondering how a diet high in fiber can make a difference in the way your teeth look! Well, it can. Particularly if you are crunching on an apple or munching on a carrot. Eating these high-fiber foods, including celery sticks and broccoli, will promote the general health of your teeth. In addition, this kind of healthy food will keep you from sticking less-healthy food into your mouth—such as sugary, dyed, processed foods which will stain your teeth.
4. Avoid Wearing White
If you want to your teeth to look white, try not to provide people with an actual comparison right near your face. Instead of wearing pure white, go for a cream or a yellow shade which will make the comparison between your teeth and your clothing less obvious. Wearing beige or tan will actually highlight the natural-white look of your teeth.
5. Electric Toothbrush
Although you can do okay with a regular toothbrush, most people don’t spend enough time brushing their teeth—and they don’t replace their regular toothbrushes often enough. Getting an electric toothbrush allows you to brush in the nooks and crannies of your teeth that you might not reach if you’re only using a manual toothbrush. And remember to keep some spare toothbrush heads in your medicine cabinet so you can change them as soon as they begin to look frayed.
6. Snack on Crunchy Fruit
Instead of popping that candy or other unhealthy snack into your mouth, head for the fruit bowl. Particularly grab a piece of crunchy fruit, such as an apple or a pear. The crunch in the fruit will help to keep your gums healthy and produce more saliva which helps to fight off bacteria in the mouth. Not only does an apple a day keep the doctor away, it may also help to keep your teeth whiter!
7. Oil Pulling
A fairly new concept for natural health, oil-pulling makes use of oil in the mouth to remove toxins and other germs from the body. Fractionated Coconut Oil or Olive Oil are often used in this process, which is pretty simple. The idea is to swish around a spoonful of oil in the mouth (on an empty stomach, so do it in the morning) for about 20 minutes. Be sure not to swallow because the idea is that the oil is pulling all of the germs from your mouth and saliva into it. Spit the oil out into the trash can (not the sink as it may solidify and clog your drain). The removal of germs and bacteria should help to whiten your teeth and keep them healthy.
8. Lovely Lipstick
Okay, so maybe not as applicable if you’re a guy, but choosing the right lipstick can be a great way to make a girl’s teeth appear whiter. Go for lipstick shades that have a blue-red tinge in order to make the contrast between your teeth and your lips much more clear.
9. Apple Cider Vinegar Mouthwash
Before you brush each morning, consider gargling with apple cider vinegar to help kill germs that may be building up in your mouth. Put a teaspoon in a cup of water and swish around for a few minutes. Then brush your teeth the remove the germs from your mouth completely. This should help whiten your teeth and freshen your breath.
10. Brush Your Tongue
Your teeth are definitely not the only part of your mouth that carry germs and need to be brushed. Your tongue and your gums are all safe-havens for bacteria which can attack the lovely white color of your teeth and make your smile less shiny. Use your toothbrush, or even better a tongue scraper, to clean your tongue and get the most bacteria removed from your mouth as possible.
11. Baking Soda Toothpaste
As a household cleaning agent, baking soda is great for removing stains and promoting whiteness in your teeth. And it’s safe to use in your dental care regimen. Try substituting your toothpaste for baking soda once a week, or alternate baking soda and salt. You’re also likely to save money as this is a super inexpensive way to brush!
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