When it comes time for a picture, do you find yourself hiding your smile? Many people feel that outside of taking a trip to a cosmetic dentist, there is no way to keep your teeth truly white. Our smile is what we show the world when we are most healthy, happy, or confident. Why would you ever want to hide it due to avoidable teeth discoloring? Whether we blame our yellowed teeth on the things we eat and drink or our own upkeep is besides the point. What is the point, however, is the fact that you can keep your smile gleaming with these surprising teeth whitening methods. So read on if you want to save yourself a trip for cosmetic dentistry work and instead want to take your health into your own hands! Here are 8 surprising and simple methods for whitening your smile.
Employ teeth whitening floss
Flossing is something that everyone should do anyways, so why not do it while whitening your teeth? Any care cosmetic dental practice will tell you to stick to flossing every night. Now if you add teeth whitening floss to your regiment you will have a double impact of awesome help for your teeth. The special floss will whiten those hard to reach spots between your teeth while also making your gums healthy. Overall healthy gums will fight disease and breakdown way better than the opposite: irritated and red. You will also end up avoiding common oral health issues like gingivitis, bad breath, and avoidable tooth decay.
Replace your tooth brush frequently
When was the last time that you replaced your tooth brush? The best cosmetic dentist in the world won’t be able to do much if you keep using your old, broken up tooth brushes. The truth is that after two or three months of usage that you are ready for a whole new unit. Any time after that is a waste because you are likely just pushing bacteria around in your mouth. When you do brush make sure to be thorough and don’t treat the process like you are in a speed race. You will want to brush at a 45 degree angle while gently brushing your gums, teeth, and even tongue in a gentle circular motion. Don’t be too loose with your grip but don’t be army-strong with it, either. This tip is also relevant if you have an electric tooth brush. Due to how intensely those brushes are used, you will likely need to change the head out sooner than later. So keep a few spare tooth brush heads available for you. You don’t want to be harming your teeth or wasting your time even when you do remember to brush as often as you should.
Keep your teeth white with these tasty treats
We almost always assume that no matter what food we put into our mouth, we are doing some sort of damage to our teeth. While the truth isn’t nearly as dramatic, it still holds water. Coffee, soda pop, and tea can all do some damage to your smile. Juice filled berries as well as soy sauce soaked rice can do the same thing. So if you are feeling like a snack and you want to whiten your teeth at the same time, try foods high in fiber. Apples, spinach, broccoli, carrots and celery are all healthy ways to scrub your smile. There are a whole host of other health benefits of these treats as well. So eat away and don’t feel guilty! If you have trouble remembering what times of food or drinks to be consuming then just remember this simple little fact: if it is dark in color before it goes to your lips then it will probably stain your teeth. So avoid anything super dark, or else opt for brushing your teeth immediately afterward.
Use a hot straw with your hot beverage
As we briefly talked about above, beverages can change the way that your smile looks over time. Highly caffeinated, dark drinks, like coffee and soda can do a whole mess of damage to your smile. You will be staining your enamel and feeling the effects every time that you look into the mirror. So if you want to enjoy your drinks without paying for it with tooth whiteness, try a hot straw. The reason that these drinks do so much damage to your smile is that you drink them through your teeth. They hit your teeth head on and tend to stick there before you end up swallowing them down. The hot straw works as an effective way to eliminate that major concern. You can get a package of hot straws online for a cheap price. They won’t break over time and they don’t leak chemicals into your drink, like regular plastic straws. They allow you to drink your beverage through a straw, even hot, directly passed your teeth. A little odd to get used to, but it is a safe way to improve your teeth.
Complement your smile with the right lipstick!
Now, this tip will apply primarily for our women readers. Did you know that applying the right color of lipstick can improve the whiteness of your smile by up to four shades? Now that’s not to say your smile is actually changing, but it looks better by comparison. Getting a lipstick that is blue-red can improve your smile, the apparent whiteness of your teeth, and your visage as a whole. Anyone can wear that color and still look gorgeous. There’s a host of different lines out there that mix blue and red so there should be no problems for you to find a product that you enjoy. For the dentistry cosmetic inclined, this tip alone could save them quite a pretty penny. You can follow this tip down the rest of your visual appearance, as well. Picking the right clothing and hair style can have a profound effect on the way that we see our teeth. Avoid super white clothing and you will find that your smile ends up popping quite a bit more. Beige, or off white, is a good alternative to those super clean looks.
Help your oral health with oil pulling
Oil pulling, on face value, sounds sort of bizarre but we promise that it isn’t! Oil pulling is a health conscious way to help your body fight off a whole host of problems. Oil pulling has been shown to improve the color of your teeth, your eyesight, digestion, and even hair growth. To oil pool all that you need to get is a cold pressed, organic bottle of oil. Stick to something simple like coconut or olive oil. Then you have to actually ‘pull’ the oil in a daily fashion. For this all you have to do is put a spoonful of oil in your mouth. Swish it around for a bit and then ‘pull’ it through your teeth. Do this for around 5 to 10 minutes each day and you will find the effects to be incredible. You’ll be attacking all of those nasty toxins, bacterias, and parasites all while improving your smile. If you find that you still struggle with the oil that you are pulling, try a different kind. Don’t be afraid to look for oils with a little bit of flavor in them, either. Pulling oil isn’t an easy trick so making it as comfortable as possible can go a long way toward getting you to stick to it.
Apple cider vinegar gargle sessions will help
For a little bit of time apple cider vinegar was considered the best way to help improve your health. Not only does it do a bunch for your overall health, but it makes your smile so much more attractive. Gargling apple cider vinegar every morning, before you brush, will do so much to help you. The vinegar will help attack stains on the tooth while also killing any bad bacteria that is building up on your gums. You will probably spit it out the first time you try, but that’s okay. Just keep trying until you build up a tolerance. Apple cider vinegar, regardless of the brand, is an easy way to fix up your smile without breaking the bank. The reason we chose apple cider vinegar is pretty simple, too. Gargling straight up vinegar would be too strong for most people. So by getting the apple spiced kind you will find that it is a bit more palatable. It still doesn’t taste good, so make sure to avoid ever actually swallowing any of it.
Reach for some crunchy fruits
We touched upon diet briefly in a few of our other tips, but we really want to stress it again. If you are adding crunchy, healthy fruits to your diet then you are doing your body and image a one of a kind favor. Crunchy fruits like apples and cucumbers act as both toothbrushes and bacteria destroyers. The crunchiness of the food helps your mouth build up more saliva, which actually helps to fight the build up of bacteria in your mouth. A crunchy apple will also literally brush away bacteria in your mouth as you ingest it. Not only that, but you will also be adding a host of healthy nutrients and anti-oxidants to your diet. Apples can be eaten on the road, at work, or anywhere else that you are on your way to going. It’s not a way that will reinvent the way you see your smile, but it is a smart and cheap way to definitely improve upon it.