Teeth’s whitening is everybody’s concern. In fact, a lot of people spend hundreds of dollars for tooth whitening products, services and procedures, but tooth whitening can be not that expensive. Yes.
Last week I visit my teeth whitening Makati dentist for a regular check-up and as the procedure goes on, he talks about Dos and Don’ts regarding whitening out teeth and that is what I want to share with you today! Let’s get started.
First, let’s talk about the 3 Don’ts.
Do not use baking soda!
This is what makes me listen to my dentist. When I heard “baking soda” my mind stops thinking and focusing only to the question, did I really hear baking soda? Why! A lot of blogs and websites say that baking soda is good. Why is it then a don’t?
According to a men’s magazine, baking soda is an abrasive, meaning it will help remove stains, but can also be harmful if use continuously. It can wear away enamel, which is the cause why your teeth will look darkened. Woosh!
Do not eat dark foods!
My dentist told me that I must stay away from dark foods. I said why, and he said that according to Dr. Debra Glassman’s (a dentist in Manhattan) “Do not Eat” list, foods that have very dark pigmentation like blueberries, marinara sauce and soy sauce, can cause teeth staining.
Check this out for a list of food that may cause food stains in your teeth.
Do not guzzle sports drinks
If you will read the link above, you now know that tea, coffee and red wine are the usual cause of teeth stains and in addition to that, you must stay away from sports drinks.
These beverages have acid that cause same effects as eating citrus fruits (like lemons and oranges), only your teeth are bathing in it. Using a straw while drinking these teeth stain-causing drinks can protect your little white friend.
Now let’s go for the 5 Dos
Do change your tooth brush regularly
A whiter teeth is as easy as replacing your old tooth brush regularly! According to dentists, toothbrushes have only a lifespan of three months and we must replace them afterwards. After three months, your toothbrush’s bristles begin to worn and bend, and with these, they are not cleaning your teeth properly anymore.
Do brush your tongue
Not all of us do tongue brushing. But brushing this swirly muscle in out mouth will not just produce fresh breath but it can also prevent stains and other mouth disease. The tongue can accumulate thousands of bacteria which can lead to teeth discoloration.
In brushing your tongue, you can use a soft toothbrush and long strokes starting at the very back of the tongue. Rinse your brush after each stroke so that the bacteria on your brush can be remove without re-depositing it in on your tongue.
Do rinse with apple cider vinegar
This may be not effective as the other commercialized whitening products, but it is a natural and organic way to maintain healthy teeth and smile. Dentists recommend rinsing with two-thirds water to one-third apple cider vinegar, and swishing the solution for around one minute then, you’ll ready to show the world your luxurious smile.
Do eat raw and crunchy fruits and vegetables
Eating the fruit of the land and other crunchy foods is good for your body and your teeth. Eating raw carrots, nuts, cauliflowers and apples can keep your teeth clean, according to dentists. These foods help in cleaning your mouth by removing surface stains and plaques that will lead to cavities and other oral health problems.
Check here for 7 Essential Fruits and Vegetables for Teeth Whitening
Do use gel strays rather than strips
There are debates about the effectiveness of whitening strips, because other dentists say that strips may not distribute the paste evenly. Teeth are normally darkest near the gum line, where the strips cannot reach. Instead, these dentists recommend the use of whitening gel trays. They tend to cover all parts of the teeth.
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