The smile is one of the most attractive asset on a person’s body, and what makes a smile more perfect if not a set of pearly white teeth. The teeth have a way of telling someone your level of personal hygiene. Even if you got the neatest outfit on, a pair of dirty/smelly mouth can put a person off. Here are a few tips to save you from embarrassment…
Don’t slack on Oral
Besides getting a professional cleaning every six months, brushing your teeth with whitening tooth paste twice a day is the obvious first step to achieving healthy teeth. Though they don’t contain enough peroxide to actually whiten your teeth, these toothpastes are great in removing plaque and superficial stains. Electrical toothbrushes are really good in removing icky film from teeth, swish a whitening rinse around in your mouth to reach any place your toothbrush missed. Just be sure to steer clear of mouthwashes that contain alcohol. Alcohol seems to dry out the mouth resulting to bad breath and a lack of bacteria-busting saliva. Another detrimental mouthwash ingredient: cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC). When used in a colourless rinse, the anti-bacteria effectively draws colouration and stains away from the tooth. But if artificial colour, like mint green or cinnamon red, is present in the mouthwash, CPC actually attracts this colour to the tooth and makes it stick.
Eat and Drink Wisely
Chewing sugar-free gum that contains plaque-reducing xylitol has the added benefit of promoting salivary flow, which will clean your teeth and break down any remaining food particles in the mouth. Eating crunchy fruits and vegetables naturally exfoliate the teeth. Strawberries are a particularly great choice, because besides teeth-scrubbing fibres, they also contain malic acid, which break down stains.
DIY cleaning recipe: Crush strawberries into a fruity puree and rub the mixture along the surface of your teeth.
There are some certain fruits you shouldn’t let remain on your teeth like: lemons, limes, grapefruit, basically all fruits that are high in citric acid. Remember to never suck on limes or lemons that you put in your ice-tea. After drinking tea or coffee, swirl water in your mouth and swallow. This will remove any dark residue and keep it from building up and also penetrating the tooth.
Try an At-home Teeth Whitener
Just as the skin has pores so do our teeth. And once stains penetrate the surface layer, they can clog the pores of your teeth. If you are craving a whiter smile than what your normal teeth-cleansing routine gives, an over-the-counter teeth whitener is the solution. With peroxide concentrations ranging from seven to nine percent, at home treatments go a step further than your average whitening toothpaste and mouth wash. Peroxides is the basis for just about any whitener when it comes in contact with teeth, it breaks down into oxygen and water. The oxygen molecules open the pores and go deep into the tubes of the teeth to pull out stains. There are so many good whitening products, so far they have direct, prolonged contact with your teeth and make it sparkle. There is a method called Paint-on, its formulas have a way of affecting the teeth. After the application of the Paint-on formula the mouth is expected to be shut for 5-10 minutes while the peroxide breaks down. Instead of whitening your teeth, you end up ingesting full-strength peroxide, which results to sore throat and irritated gum tissue.
Get the Star Treatment
If your teeth aren’t responding to over-the-counter whiteners as well as you hoped, pump up the peroxide and invest in pro whitening treatment. With in-office whitening, the concentration of peroxide is between 25 and 35 percent. A UV light is used to activate components within the whitening solution, which help speed up the process. The process takes 45 minutes, three consecutive sessions with a whitening gel that’s changed between each 15minuteb cycle. With a professional treatment, you’ll be able to get your teeth 8-10 shades lighter. Though, the UV light employed during treatment can decrease sensitivity, desensitize teeth in the weeks before. When brushing your teeth, this desensitizing agent is released from the toothpaste into the tubules of the teeth, where the potassium ions depolarize the nerve and inhibit it from firing when overly stimulated. Regular brushing twice a day, every day, can build up the level of potassium near nerves, providing ongoing protection.
Now you have the 4 tips to having awesome pearly whites, go ahead and try them, see how your smile changes forever. Don’t forget to say cheese wherever you go and to everyone you meet.