Simple Tricks for a Whiter Smile

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Image by Flickr User 21TonGiant

Most people believe that their are only a few ways to brighten your teeth. For example, using whitening toothpastes, at-home tray and in-office whitening procedures, although these can be very effective, it is also helpful to use more natural methods. If you are trying to steer clear of these chemical treatments or you just want to try something new, check out the following tips below. These are things you can do easily everyday without having to go out of your way.

Eat Crunchy Fruits & Veggies

Crunchy fruits and vegetables, such as apples, celery and carrots, are hard enough that they have the ability to clean the tooth surface without causing any harm to the enamel. This will help lift some of the stains and give the illusion that they are whiter. The crispier the fruit or vegetable, the more cleaning power it will have on your mouth.

Floss Regularly

People do not floss as much as they should. Many do not realize that staining happens between their teeth as well. If you floss regularly, you will be able to remove some of that staining, thus your teeth with look much whiter.

Another thing to keep in mind is that no matter how much you whiten your teeth, if you do not floss, the white teeth will look unhealthy up against red, puffy gums. It is recommended you floss at least twice per day.

Try Eating Cheese

Oddly enough, there has been some evidence that points towards cheese helping whiten teeth. Eating a small amount is believed to help prevent tooth decay, and in addition, it can possibly help promote enamel remineralization. Similarly, milk and yogurt are also believed to have these great effects because they contain a large amount of calcium and phosphorus, which help make the enamel stronger.

Try Chewing Sugar-free Gum

Although plaque feeds on regular sugar, it can digest a natural sweetener called xylitol. This sweetener neutralizes the pH levels in your mouth and can increase saliva production. This is important because saliva is a natural cleaner for your mouth due to the fact it can reach in all of the cracks and crevices. Just make sure you brush twice daily because your saliva can also carry bacteria and must be washed away eventually.

Avoid Coffee

Coffee, as well as teas and colas, can stain your teeth. Think about the fact that coffee and these other drinks stain your porcelain cups, it does the same for your teeth. When you do want to drink these types of beverages, do so in one or two sittings and do not sip these drinks throughout the day. In addition, make sure you brush your teeth after each cup in order to prevent excessive staining.

No At-Home Remedies

People believe that using baking soda to brush their teeth once a week with help remove surface stains, while this may be true, it is only temporary. If you use this method for too long it can begin to damage your enamel greatly. It is important not mess with this and use more natural ways of whitening. Another safe alternative is to use a toothpaste that is clinically tested to remove stains safely.

Another home remedy that has been tried is using apple cider and vinegar to whiten teeth, but again, this can seriously damage your enamel. Please avoid using these at-home remedies and make sure you are being safe about the ways you whiten your teeth.

When thinking about ways to make your teeth whiter, remember these natural tips that are sure to keep your teeth healthy and white. If you would like to schedule an in-office whitening or have other questions about how to keep your teeth healthy, call Dentistry at Happy Canyon at (303) 688-3800 today!

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