Our mouths are the gateway to our health, and one of the first things a person notices about one another – keeping it fresh and clean is important. If you’re going on a first date, heading to a high school reunion or sitting down for your first class in college, having a great smile can boost your confidence and even make you look younger. As we age, our teeth naturally get yellow because of all the food and beverages that attack them. Whitening your teeth can make you feel more comfortable in your skin, but you don’t have to use harsh chemicals to peel off the layers of nasty yellow to make that happen. Teeth whitening begins with your diet and regular regimen of oral health care, but there are many great products that will help give your pearly whites the natural shine they once had!
Keep it fresh
Apples, carrots and celery are great natural teeth whitening remedies. The abrasiveness of these fruits and veggies work like a toothbrush to lift stains and cleanse the teeth – who knew a teeth whitener could be so inexpensive? The starch-like compound found in these types of produce can work wonders if you work them into your daily diet. Other veggies like spinach, lettuce and broccoli work to protect your teeth against harsh stains because they contain mineral compounds that form a film over the teeth. You may think that seems like a bad thing, but this film actually protects your teeth against food and drinks that will stain them. These healthy foods will also help fight against bad breath - double whammy!
Get out that floss
“People underestimate how important staining is that happens in between the teeth,” Arthur Glosman, a dentist in Beverly Hills told The Huffington Post. “If you just floss, you can remove so much of the staining that’s in between the teeth that your teeth will already look whiter.”
If you floss on a regular basis, you’ll notice this. You’ll be able to get all the food particles out from between your teeth (that you don’t even realize are there) that are making your smile seem much less beautiful. These particles are never bright white, so it makes sense that darker shades will make your entire mouth look a bit dimmer. Flossing is one of the most important aspects of dental health, and it will do wonders to get rid of bad breath. A great thing about floss is that it’s super simple to carry around with you all the time.
Chocolate covered strawberries
Yes, you heard me right! Although there isn’t a lot of evidence showing that strawberries promote white teeth, there’s enough to convince anyone that snacking on these occasionally is a fantastic idea. Plus, chocolate is known to have antibacterial elements – especially if you’re using dark chocolate – which will help get rid of nasty bacteria that hangs around in your mouth. Remember that this treat still contains sugar, so limit yourself on intake. Note: A strawberry coated with five layers of chocolate, white chocolate drizzle and sprinkles is not appropriate for a healthy mouth, so a minimalist approach to this treat may be best.
The best products on the market are gentle to your teeth and the rest of your mouth. Using harsh bleach and chemicals to whiten your teeth can make them sensitive and weak. Some toothpastes also contain whitening agents, but there are many products on the market that don’t work as they claim. When purchasing a product for your mouth, there’s no use in risking its effectiveness and safety – you only have one set of (adult) teeth.