4 Easy Ways That Can Help Keep Your Teeth Whiter

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People often say that a person’s smile is one of his best assets. But it can be embarrassing, and also off putting to others, to smile if your teeth are a bit stained. Don’t you think? So, before flashing your teeth for the world to see, maybe you should first try these home remedies that can help you get whiter and shinier teeth. With shinier pearly whites, you’ll definitely feel a huge boost of confidence.

1. Use the All-around Baking Soda

The name itself does not limit the uses of baking soda. If you’re thinking that it’s just for baking, you’re wrong. Baking soda is widely used as a cleaning agent. Just sprinkle some baking soda on a smelly carpet, and, after some time, you’ll definitely smell an improvement. If a room is exuding fetid odor, filling shallow bowls with baking soda and putting these containers all around a room can help reduce the foul smell. Apart from these things, baking soda can also be used to whiten teeth. Put some baking soda in mashed strawberries, and voila! You now have a wet paste that can help remove teeth discolorations. You can also dip your toothbrush in baking soda and brush your teeth with it. It’s as simple as that! It’s fairly safe to use, but always rinse. Don’t swallow the stuff. Also, baking soda won’t hurt or deteriorate the enamel of your teeth.

2. Eat Crunchy, Crispy Foods

Crunchy, crispy fruits and vegetables are definitely healthy. But did you know that these can also help make your teeth whiter? How? By simply biting into raw foods, like an apple or a celery stalk, debris or particles on teeth are scraped off. It also takes a while to munch and swallow fruits and veggies. Because of this, the mouth is stimulated to release more saliva, which also helps in cleaning teeth. But be careful when eating colored fruits, like blueberries, because these could easily stain teeth. So, better brush or rinse teeth immediately after eating dark-colored fruits.

3. Keep to a Good Oral Routine

Of course, you have to visit your dentist twice a year. But to minimize having yellow teeth or tooth decay, make sure that you regularly brush and floss. Brush your teeth three or at least two times each day, and floss at least once a day. Ideally, you should spend 10 minutes brushing your teeth. But if you’re pressed for time, at least keep brushing while you finish a verse of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” in your head. At night, give yourself time to brush your teeth thoroughly, and also floss and swish. Remember that you don’t get teeth stains overnight. If you are disciplined enough to care for your teeth properly, you’ll avoid having mortifying yellow teeth.

4. Drink Lots of Water

Water is your best friend. It keeps your body hydrated, and your mouth less dry. Water can help in flushing away tiny food scraps in-between your teeth. Also, keep a bottle handy so that you can have a drink after having dark-colored drinks full of tannin and chromogens, such as black coffee, wine, and tea.

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This is a guest post.  Claire Peters writes for pediatricdentaltown.com and other reliable dental websites. She contributes articles about teeth care, dental health, and also dental problems.

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