Have you looked at your teeth lately? Chances are, if you haven’t made an effort to whiten them, most likely they are turning yellow. It is naturally for teeth to yellow as you age. Some teeth can turn brown, as you get older. This is a natural process that happens, due to environmental, cultural factors and dark colored foods.
Taking care of your teeth starts with you and your proactive approach to caring for your overall health. Whitening your teeth is important because first impressions count. The first thing people notice when they see you, is your smile. If it is discolored they can notice.
Beautiful pearly whites are actually attainable. Here are natural ways to whiten your teeth.
1. At-home whitening strips
At home whitening kits and strips actually work! Many professional oral health care companies, like Crest and Colgate have whitening strips, gels and toothpaste that you can use. Dentists recommends using them at least six hours after your brush your teeth. Make sure you dry your mouth and teeth with a tissue before applying the strips.
2. Use hydrogen-peroxide
This is an easy at-home-method that can help you have a brighter smile. Dip a washcloth in hydrogen-peroxide then rub your teeth with it. The peroxide is good for whitening your teeth because it can lift and lighten stains; the rough surface of the cloth further helps scrub them away.
3. Try a whitening toothpaste
You can switch to a whitening toothpaste to help the whitening process. They are not as strong as professional systems, but enough to dramatically whiten your beautiful teeth. They can help discolored teeth improve slightly. Whitening toothpaste will help get rid of new stains by scrubbing them away with a mild abrasive called silica.
4. Brush after every meal.
Most people only brush twice a day. But if you really want to whiten your teeth, brush your after teeth every meal. Doctor Teasdale at Advanced Dental Arts, a NW Dentist in Portland OR, suggests carrying a mini disposable brush, like Colgate Wisps, in your purse or bag for on-the-go cleaning.
~Written by Shannon Kaiser