A nice, bright smile is one of the first things other people notice about you. It’s an important part of the way we present ourselves to the world, and signals that we are both healthy and happy. White teeth indicate good oral hygiene, which has been linked to other health benefits, including decreased risk of heart problems. It’s the perfect accessory to bring along to an important interview, or maybe even that exciting date.
Natural whitening works
Many people associate tooth whitening with chemical treatments. These treatments are effective, but it can be a good idea to try some natural whitening strategies first. This can be as simple as eating less of certain foods, and more of others.
Diet your way to a whiter smile
It’s well-known that some food and drink stains your teeth. Coffee, tea and red wine all contain tannins and sugar that can cause discoloration, so it’s best to drink them in moderation. Smoking can also make your teeth more yellow. Some foods can actually help to whiten your teeth. Try strawberries, celery, apples, carrots and other crunchy foods, as well as cheese and nuts. They all help the mouth to produce more saliva, which washes teeth clean naturally.
Brush for a white smile
Some toothpastes contain baking soda, which can help whiten teeth. This natural chemical breaks down and polishes stains, leaving your smile a bit brighter. However, although these toothpastes are generally safe for use, they can cause the tooth enamel to thin over extended periods of time. The best way to use them is to ‘cycle’ on and off during periods of around six weeks.
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