By Aspen Dental
Tips for Keeping Your Teeth White
If your teeth have lost their bright white color, you’re not alone. It’s natural for teeth to become dull, gray, or yellow in appearance as we age and because of the food and drinks we consume. Luckily, there are several ways that you can restore your teeth to their natural whiteness.
Oil pulling was originally an Indian folk method for removing toxins in the body. This practice refers to rinsing your mouth with oil. To try it, put a tablespoon of coconut, sesame, or sunflower oil in your mouth. Push and pull the oil through your teeth for 15-20 minutes, then spit it out. The oil will pull plaque-causing bacteria out of your teeth, making them cleaner and whiter.
Store-bought Whitening Products
Products like teeth-whitening toothpastes, mouthwashes and strips are an easy and affordable way to whiten your teeth on your own. Many of them contain some of the same ingredients that dentists use to whiten patients’ teeth in their office.
Fruit and Vegetables
Apples, pears, celery and carrots have fiber that act as a natural toothbrush to gently scrub off food debris and plaque as you chew. Strawberries and pineapples can help brighten your smile because of their acidic content.
Things to Avoid
Beverages like wine, coffee, tea, cranberry juice, and grape juice can stain your teeth. But you don’t have to give them up completely. Try drinking them through a straw and brush your teeth after.
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
Brushing twice a day (or even after every meal) and flossing daily is always a reliable way to keep your smile healthy and bright.
For more tips to achieve and maintain white teeth, give us a call at Aspen Dental.