Many people are self-conscious that their teeth are yellow or discolored. You can whiten your teeth and be proud of your teeth and your smile when you make a few simple changes in your diet and dental care.
1. Put Yourself on a Whiter Teeth Diet
Many common foods and drinks contain natural and artificial dyes or coloring, such as coffee, cola drinks, red wine, black tea, cigarettes and cigars. Consuming them contributes to stains on teeth. When you moderate your intake of these drinks or decrease your smoking habit, you will see a difference. Also, you may brush after eating or drinking foods that cause stains. Plus, a dental bleaching agent can be applied to your teeth.
2. Eat Detergent Foods
A variety of firm, crisp foods have a natural cleaning effect on your teeth and gums. Apples (nature’s own toothbrush), raw carrots, celery and even popcorn can help whiten your teeth. If you will not brush your teeth right after you eat, detergent foods are a great follow up to a meal.
3. Change Your Toothbrush
You may be brushing too hard and that doesn’t produce whiter teeth. Instead, aggressive brushing wears down the tooth’s enamel, which reveals the yellowish dentin within your teeth. Use an ultra-soft toothbrush that won’t abrade the enamel or hurt the gum line.
4. Clean Your Tongue
You may not be aware that your tongue houses bacteria and plaque that can lead to tooth discoloration. Use your toothbrush or a tongue scraper to clean your tongue every morning. This scrapes off excess plaque that built up overnight and helps freshen your breath.
5. Gargle for Whiter Teeth
Another natural stain remover for teeth is apple cider vinegar. Use it to gargle and it will contribute to killing germs in your mouth.
Incorporating some of these tips for your diet and dental care will help you achieve whiter teeth over time.