Having white teeth isn’t just a cosmetic ideal, it’s a sign of healthful living. If you’re brushing your teeth properly and seeing your dentist regularly then your smile should already sparkle. But some of us love our coffee or red wine and these stains seem like they can’t be avoided, so see what you can incorporate into your oral health routine to keep your teeth pretty and shining.
Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide
This is the most natural way and the cheapest way to whiten your teeth! Baking soda is used in toothpastes for its whitening properties and hydrogen peroxide is great for killing bacteria that develops into plaque. Mix one tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide and two tablespoons of baking soda to create a paste you can leave on your teeth for a few minutes then rinse with water. Don’t leave hydrogen peroxide on for longer than a couple minutes because it can damage your enamel and stick to doing this at most once a day.
Strips are a convenient way to whiten your teeth. They take between thirty minutes to an hour to work, you can wear them anywhere and you see the results instantly. The drawback is they aren’t the best at getting in between teeth, so only use these when you need white teeth immediately like right before a big date or a job interview.
Use an Electric Toothbrush
The best way to maintain stain-free teeth is with an effective electric toothbrush along with proper brushing technique. Toothbrushes with UV Sanitizers, like the Umma UV toothbrush by TAO clean, can remove the buildup of bacteria on your brush before it gets into your mouth, stopping stains before they can start. Teeth yellowing can be a result of not brushing properly and allowing bacteria to flourish and turn into plaque, so maintain a good brushing routine to stay sparkling white.
Gel trays filled with bleaching peroxide is a thorough way to whiten your teeth at home. Some of these formulas can cause sensitivity, so don’t use these too often, but definitely keep them in your dental routine to maintain a white smile especially if you’re fond of staining foods and liquids.
Rinse After Staining Liquids
Coffee and red wine are obvious culprits for teeth staining, but the solution to prevent those stains is not to brush after consuming them, but to rinse instead. Brushing can actually further damage the enamel after it has been exposed to acidic drinks, so rinsing cleanses your mouth of the tooth-harming liquids and gives you a better chance for pristine teeth.
See Your Dentist
Regular visits to the dentist keeps plaque from staining your teeth and on top of that your dentist can whiten your teeth with extra strength whiteners that you can’t get at home. Whitening procedures can cause sensitivity, so if you maintain a healthy tooth-brushing routine, extra whitening won’t be necessary and can be avoided.