We all want whiter teeth. That much is apparent in how popular teeth whitening treatment has become in recent years.
However, not everybody wants to go through with this treatment, and luckily it is possible to whiten your teeth through more natural means at home.
In the run-up to Christmas and New Year everyone wants to look and feel their best. So here are seven tips for achieving a bright white smile without resorting to teeth whitening treatment:
- Eat your way to whiter teeth: foods that are firm or crisp can help to clean teeth eve as they’re eaten. Apples are considered to be nature’s toothbrush and are a great way of cleaning teeth on the go or at lunch time at work when you are unable to brush your teeth. Other good choices are raw carrots, celery, and popcorn.
- Get a calcium boost: cheese is known for helping to maintain healthy white teeth, despite what you may think. Although also very fattening, cheese speeds the neutralisation of acid in saliva and the remineralisation of enamel in teeth. Cheese is also high in calcium to help strengthen bones and teeth. For a healthier alternative, choose milk or yoghurt.
- Wash away the stains: water is not only essential for overall wellbeing, but it is also vital for great oral health. Water is a natural cleaner and can wash away bacteria and residue left on teeth after eating. Be sure to drink a glass of water after every meal.
- Neutralise acid: never mind what your mother told you as a child – chewing gum is very beneficial when it comes to maintaining a white smile. Gum helps to clean your teeth mechanically by moving debris, and it also stimulates the production of saliva, allowing the acid in your mouth to be neutralised. Make sure to choose a sugar-free gum, and if it has whitening properties then even better!
- Quit smoking: lifestyle choices also influence a natural white smile. Smoking is one of the biggest causes of teeth decay and discolouration. Nicotine and tar in cigarettes result in teeth darkening and becoming yellow or even brown.
- See the light: dark colour foods are also notorious for causing teeth to change colour. The best thing to do is to try and avoid staining food and drinks such as coffee, balsamic vinegar and red wine. If you want to treat yourself, drink a glass of water afterwards to minimise discolouration.
- The little extras: change your toothbrush every two to three months, and floss several times a week. This will make your smile brighter in small increments that quickly add up.
Don’t forget to visit your dentist every six months to check up on your progress! Call us here at Dental Care Partnership on 0121 354 1922 to book an appointment with one of our friendly team.