Other than a Porsche Panamera and a 50’ yacht moored at Antigua, nothing makes a lasting first impression like a bright, healthy smile. While it is a sign of a healthy lifestyle and personal care, many people say that among the first things they notice about another person is a white, movie-star smile. Job applicants are more likely to land a dream job and about 50% more likely to be offered an increased salary if their teeth are white. There are many whitening methods, from daily habits to professional treatments. These are the most effective ones.
Brush like you mean it
Maintaining healthy, white teeth means brushing after every meal, or at least twice a day. A soft-bristled brush is more effective as anything coarser can damage the enamel and gums. Also, it is important to replace it regularly, every three months or when the most bristles begin to bend and look worn out. Bent bristles do a poor job in cleaning your teeth. Finally, don’t forget to brush your tongue every time as well. The tongue accumulates bacteria that can cause teeth discoloration and staining. Start at the back of the tongue using a soft brush and long strokes and work towards the tip.
Avoid acidic drinks and dark foods
While it was proven long a time ago that coffee, tea and red wine contribute to teeth discoloration, energy drinks have been found guilty, too. They contain acid that has the same eroding effect as eating citrus fruits excessively, with the only difference that you are rinsing your mouth with it. If you still cannot live without your coke, drinking through a straw can protect your teeth. Some foods with dark pigmentation can cause staining. Soy sauce, blueberries and blackberries should definitely be a part of your diet, but make sure you brush your teeth after the treat.
Include a teeth-friendly diet
Nothing affects your teeth more than what you eat. Snacking on raw carrots, celery, cauliflower and apples is a natural way to clean the tooth enamel without damaging it. Crunchier the fruit, the better. According to Dr Jeff Golub-Evans, a cosmetic dentist in NYC, cellulose found in those foods acts as a natural abrasive, cleaning teeth and removing surface stains. Dairy products such as raw milk, yoghurt and cheese are rich in calcium that is essential for strong bones and teeth. Lactic acid protects the enamel that in turn protects the dentin that sits behind it.
A highly absorbent product used to trap toxins that accumulate inside the body, activated charcoal can be effectively used on your teeth as well. By absorbing plaque and microscopic staining agents, it can whiten the teeth naturally. Apply powdered activated charcoal to a wet toothbrush and brush your teeth normally, paying special attention to stained areas. After brushing, rinse well until spit is clear. For the best results, brush your teeth with activated charcoal two or three times a week.
Visit your dentist every six months
Regular dental check-ups are a foolproof way to maintain healthy, white teeth. Your dentist will be able to clean your teeth better than your toothbrush, while also checking for cavities, gingivitis and plaque build-up. Your dentist may also suggest one of in-office whitening methods or recommend a cosmetic dentist for dental veneers in Sydney area. Those ultra-thin porcelain shells are bonded to the front surface of your teeth with minimal preparation. Their popularity lies in their natural look and feel that mimics the light absorption of natural teeth.
At-home or in-office whitening methods are both likely to give you good results. Remember to eat teeth-friendly foods between your regular dentist appointments.