Are You Wishing for Whiter Teeth? Try These 4 At-Home Options
It is rare to find a person who feels that their teeth are exactly as white as they would like them. The good news is that anyone can get the white teeth they want, whether with teeth whitening or porcelain veneers. If you are thinking of trying some at-home options first, then here are four options that can have a small impact. For truly brilliant results, contact California Dental Group to learn about your options.
- Brush your teeth one more time
- Take steps to reduce how much you stain your teeth
- Clean your teeth with baking soda
- Eat your fruit
We hope that if you are seeking out extra steps to get whiter teeth that you are already brushing twice a day. If you are not, then start. If you are already brushing twice a day then consider brushing three times. You can bring a toothbrush to work or school and brush after lunch. Remember that every time you brush, it should take you about two minutes. If it does not take you that long then you are not brushing thoroughly enough.
There is a long list of things that could stain your teeth. Most of them are things you should be avoiding for your overall health anyway but if you need extra encouragement, consider how they can affect your teeth. First, you should avoid smoking at all costs. It can stain your teeth significantly. Second, skip the soda and coffee. If you are going to have either one, consider using a straw so that the beverage goes straight through your mouth into your throat without hitting your teeth. Dark wines can also have a darkening effect on your teeth.
This is such an old trick that many assume it’s an old wife’s tale. The truth is that baking soda is a great cleaner and it can help whiten your teeth. It is not a particularly delicious substance so it is unlikely you will want to use it every time you brush. That said, brushing with it once or even twice a week can be very helpful in getting you whiter teeth over time.
There are some fruits that are actually not great for your teeth in great doses. For example, oranges and limes are extremely acidic and this can be harsh on your teeth. However, there are other fruits that can actually clean and whiten your teeth. Apples in particular are great to freshening your break and offering a sort of mini tooth brushing. You do not want to simply eat an apple instead of brushing but if you cannot get to a toothbrush after a meal, it is a good stand in.
These are just some of the ideas on natural ways to whiten your teeth. Each of these can provide a small amount of whitening power but if you want excellent whitening then we encourage you to contact California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161 to make an appointment with an experienced cosmetic dentist.