How Can I Naturally Whiten My Teeth?

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Plenty of people are chasing a whiter, brighter smile. All you have to do is go to the drugstore to prove there’s a high demand for pearly whites. You’ll see a long line of teeth-whitening products, from toothpaste to whitening strips to mouthwashes. But if you’re looking for cheaper alternatives, you may turn to natural remedies. It’s important to know that some at-home whitening solutions out there may cause damage to your teeth, so you’ll want to be careful with what you decide to try. Here are some safe ways you can try to whiten your teeth naturally.

Regular Brushing & Flossing

This one is a bit of a no-brainer, but it’s too important not to mention. If you’re letting your oral hygiene fall by the wayside, you may start to notice your teeth yellowing. It’s crucial that you brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day so that plaque doesn’t form and end up discoloring your teeth. And, of course, keeping this dental routine doesn’t just help the appearance of your teeth, it helps them stay healthy too. Regular exams and professional cleanings will also bring out the best in your teeth.

Watch Your Diet

Being conscious and careful of what you eat can make a difference to the shade of your teeth in multiple ways. For starters, you can avoid or limit your consumption of known stain-causing beverages like tea, coffee, wine, and soda. Or, when you’re drinking these things, try to use a straw so the liquid doesn’t wash over your teeth as much. Good oral hygiene and regular cleanings are essential to prevent stains from foods and drinks with intense natural colors if you partake of them consistently, like tomato sauce, beets and curry for example. Eating a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables ensures you’re getting the vitamins and nutrients your teeth need to stay healthy. If you eat poorly, your teeth may start looking aged sooner than they should.

Cut the Tobacco

Tobacco, whether you smoke it or chew it, is a common cause for tooth discoloration. We’re not saying it’s easy to quit tobacco, but we are saying that doing so is a natural way to seriously improve the whiteness of your smile. Added benefit — it’ll be great for your overall wellness too.

Professional Whitening

If natural whitening remedies aren’t getting you the results you want, then you may want to consider handing over the job to professionals. At Smiles Dental, we provide teeth whitening, including in-office and take-home treatments. That means that you can still get the benefits of whitening your smile when it’s most convenient for you. To get going with this, just contact our practice and we’ll set you up with a consultation!

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