10 Ways to Whiten Your Teeth at Home
What can we do on our own, without the help of dentists, to make our smiles whiter? Apples, coconuts, baking soda and salt water can help
More than 100 thousand Americans go through the procedure of teeth whitening every year. In our country the statistics is not conducted, but dentists admit that the procedure is really gaining popularity. More and more people are watching their teeth and trying to achieve a snow-white Hollywood smile.
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But it turns out there are several ways to get whiter teeth without having to go to the dentist. According to Dr. Mervyn Druyan of the London Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, it is important that the whiteness of the teeth is natural, that is, it is about the same color as the whiteness of the whites of the eye. British dentists believe that you can whiten your smile by yourself at home:
Brushing with baking soda
Yes, you usually clean your teapot and spoons with baking soda. But there's nothing wrong with moving a jar of baking soda into the bathroom. Soda is added to most toothpastes, because it is that natural whitener.
"Mix a quarter teaspoon of baking soda with water and dip your toothbrush in it," advises dentist Dr. Richard Marques. You can also add baking soda to cheap tooth powder. Soda will gradually help whiten your teeth quite gently.
Eating strawberries and apples
Apples are a well-known way to clean your teeth when a toothbrush is not available. But it's hard to get strawberries out of a T-shirt if you get them dirty, so how come they don't stain your teeth red? As it turns out, strawberries contain malic acid, which helps whiten teeth naturally. But there is one important note! Strawberries should just be eaten. Never leave strawberries on your teeth, because their acid can damage tooth enamel if exposed for a long time.
Rinse with salt water
Salt water is good for your gums because salt is a natural antibacterial agent. In addition, if you stir a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm boiled water, cool it and use it to rinse your mouth, you may notice your tooth enamel gradually becoming whiter.
Watch the colour
White foods make your teeth whiter. Incorporate rice, fish, and chicken into your diet. But bright colored foods such as blueberries, carrots and beets will only "color" your tooth enamel. By the way, after drinking red wine, balsamic vinegar or coffee, it is mandatory to rinse your mouth, because these drinks stain your teeth, preventing you from whitening your smile (or you can drink them through a straw so that the drinks do not come into contact with your teeth).
This is not an advertisement, but dentists claim that an electric brush removes 70 percent more plaque and cleans more properly than a regular, manual brush. Consequently, it will be easier to achieve a white-tooth smile with this brush, too.
Not a gouda sandwich, of course, but hard cheese does have the structure that can clean plaque from the surface of the teeth. In addition, cheese has a lot of calcium, which will make your teeth strong. Doctors advise drinking milk for the same reason.
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Plaque on enamel is often caused by teeth being stained by the foods we eat. Dr. Marques suggests rinsing your teeth with coconut oil (a tablespoon per treatment is sufficient). The oil protects the enamel from staining and the tiny particles of colored foods sticking to it, and coconut oil also removes bacteria from the surface of the teeth and gums.
There are foods that can act as cleansing sponges - for example, popcorn with its rough edges is great for cleaning teeth. Provided only that the popcorn is not sweet and you rinse your teeth after it.
Commercials recommend chewing gum after a meal for a reason. It can mechanically remove excess "debris" and stimulate salivation, which neutralizes acid after a meal. Less acid, less garbage, and cleaner teeth. The only thing is to choose gum without sugar and chew for a short time. Very often we brush our teeth, but we forget about the area between the teeth. It stays darker than the teeth themselves, and the smile looks flawless. If you're struggling to stay completely clean, dental floss can help by flossing the area between the teeth, so that your smile will be brighter.
Don't Forget Your Tongue
Brushed your teeth but not your tongue? This is a tongue that can trap food debris, including colorful foods and drinks. And it's just that the tongue can easily carry these "colors" to the teeth. So be sure to brush your tongue along with your teeth.
If all means do not help, you can "whiten" your smile with a makeup trick. For example, red lipstick of a "cool" shade makes your teeth visually whiter.
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