Thursday, September 9, 2010
Basic Care for Whiter Teeth
Nothing can replace good basic care to help keep teeth healthy and white. To remove bacteria and plaque, brush once in the morning and once in the evening with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Floss at least once a day to get rid of anything stuck between your teeth, and keep regular dentist appointments every six months for cleanings and check-ups.
Crunch Your Way to Whiter Teeth
What we eat is as important as how we take care of our teeth when it comes to a whiter smile. Sticky desserts and sugary snacks provide the ideal place for bacteria to form plaque on your teeth. Avoid these snacks, as well as high-sugar juices or sodas, to help keep teeth white.
Instead, focus on eating fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products and whole grains for a healthy smile. Foods that have a high “crunch factor,” like apples or celery – naturally keep teeth clean.
Natural Products to Whiten Teeth
Products that most of us already have in our homes can help whiten teeth conveniently and inexpensively.
· Baking Soda is a “go-to” product to clean everything in your home, including your teeth. It can be mixed with water or hydrogen peroxide to make a natural toothpaste that whitens teeth. If the taste is too bitter, mix baking soda with your regular toothpaste for a brighter smile.
· Hydrogen Peroxide is a low-cost alternative or addition to toothpaste. Dip your toothbrush into it while brushing, or mix it with baking soda for an all-natural toothpaste.
· Strawberries are relatively easy to find and use, and they contain malic acid that helps whiten teeth. You can mash a strawberry and rub it over your teeth and gums, brushing immediately afterward and flossing out any seeds. Another way to use a strawberry is to mix the pulp with baking soda, brushing it on your teeth and leaving it on for about five minutes. Then, brush with regular toothpaste and rinse well.
Though convenient and easily accessible, these natural teeth-whiteners need to be used wisely – a few times a week is enough for a whiter smile without straining your budget!
Kelly Wilson is a busy mom and freelance writer who visits her Dentist in Astoria, Oregon on a regular basis for a fabulous smile.