Most of us can’t afford to get our teeth professionally whitened or get those frequent home treatments from the drug stores (though some of these can be very damaging anyway)! But, there are some small things that you can do in your everyday life that will help brighten and de-stain your teeth!
1. Drink Water
By cutting out colored, sugary drinks such as coke and coffee, or even red wine, you are opening up your enamel to stains that will prove very difficult to remove later on! If you do have an addiction to coffee, as most of us do, try to drink it through a straw to at least avoid as much staining as possible. But, the best trick is to stick to water!
2. Brush Your Teeth
Ya, ya, you always brush your teeth, morning and night, but are you doing it properly!? Probably not. You should always make sure that the toothpaste you’re using is non-abrasive, or if you want to go for the really old fashioned way, brush with baking soda every few days. These lift stains naturally and help to shine and whiten your teeth without damaging them. Also, you should be brushing your teeth for 2 full minutes!
3. Oil Pull
You’ve heard all about coconut oil and it’s amazing properties for your skin, your hair and your diet, but did you know it’s also beneficial for your teeth!? Take a spoonful of coconut oil and swish it around your mouth for up to a minute every day. Not only does this ancient method help to remove plaque from between your teeth, keeping them healthier, but it freshens your breath and naturally whitens them!
4. Eat Some Strawberries
The delicious fruit is not only 1 of your 5 a day but it contains malic acid – this safely dissolves surface stains on the teeth. If you mash one or two together with baking soda and apply the mixture with a soft toothbrush and leave on your teeth for 1 or 2 minutes once a month, you’ll start to notice the color change almost immediately!
5. Avoid Alcohol Based Mouthwash
When you use harsh alcohol-based mouthwashes, you’re causing an imbalance in the oral microbiome. Staining will then occur more rapidly.
6. Visit Your Dentist
We know, it’s expensive, it’s scary and it’s straight up hassle. But. You get one set of teeth to last a lifetime and if you don’t look after them, they’ve got no option but to fall out! So keep up your visits, twice a year is generally enough, and keep on top of any work you need done. If you avoid it for too long, it’s just going to get worse and worse!
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