In a world of coffee, red wine, and raspberries, it’s nearly impossible to keep your teeth as white as you want. Brushing and flossing keep your mouth healthy but can’t always remove the stain molecules that sneak into your tooth enamel.
But don’t worry, you can still create a white, dazzling smile that’s worthy of the red carpet in Hollywood. These eight whitening tricks can help you reclaim a whiter smile you feel proud to show.
Choose Your Foods Wisely
Firm, crisp foods like apples, celery, and raw carrots stimulate saliva flow to clear away stain molecules before they weasel into tooth enamel. Think of them like natural toothbrushes that remove built-up plaque and bacteria. Strawberries and pineapple are also known to provide a sparkle to your smile.
But it’s not just the foods you eat that matter! It’s also the beverages. Coffee, soda, red wine, and other dark-colored drinks are the enemies of a whiter smile. They can cause deep, permanent stains over time, so swap your soda or coffee for water at every opportunity.
Brush With Baking Soda
Baking soda is a common ingredient in natural toothpaste because it provides extra scrubbing power. In addition to use with normal brushing, you can also use plain baking soda once a week to scrub away surface stains on your teeth. Just make sure you only use this natural hack periodically; baking soda is an abrasive material that can hurt your teeth if used regularly.
Try an Activated Charcoal Toothbrush
When the natural substance called activated charcoal comes in contact with your teeth, its adsorptive properties immediately bond to stain-causing molecules. This makes it possible to gently pull the yellow and brown marks out of your tooth enamel.
Activated charcoal is very messy, so it’s easiest to enjoy the perks by brushing with a charcoal toothbrush. In fact, an activated charcoal toothbrush can even help to prevent gingivitis while it gives you a whiter smile!
Make DIY Mouthwash
Most conventional mouthwash products contain harsh alcohol and other ingredients that might dry out your mouth or cause your teeth to feel sensitive. You can save money and nurture a whiter smile by making your own natural mouthwash with essential oils.
Essential oils are highly concentrated botanical oils used since ancient times for their therapeutic properties. Tea tree and peppermint oils are two of the most popular essential oils used in DIY mouthwash because they’re versatile and backed by time-tested research.
Blend the following ingredients to make your own remineralizing mouthwash:
- 2 drops tea tree essential oil
- 2 drops peppermint essential oil
- ½ cup filtered water
- 2 tsp baking soda
Just swish and spit twice a day to combat unwanted plaque and keep your smile looking its best.
Begin Daily Oil Pulling
This traditional Indian folk remedy improves oral hygiene, removes toxins from the mouth, and helps your teeth look a few shades whiter.
Oil pulling is simple: place a spoonful of oil into your mouth and swish for 20 minutes. Once time is up, spit the oil into the trash and rinse your mouth. That’s it! The damaging stain molecules, bacteria, and debris in your mouth are pulled out by the oil, leaving your teeth and gums healthier and brighter.
Try Chairside Professional Teeth Whitening
It’s tempting to purchase an affordable over-the-counter whitening kit, but only a professional teeth whitening procedure by your dentist can offer long-lasting results. This is why Dr. Greg Campbell overs premier teeth whitening treatments to his Long Beach patients craving a brighter smile.
When you visit Dr. Campbell for your professional teeth whitening, he’ll assess the condition of your teeth and recommend the best treatment for your smile. Any procedure he recommends will use professional-grade whitening products that quickly breakdown stains into smaller, less concentrated pieces. This restores the white color to your teeth and helps you smile with confidence.
Hide Discoloration With Porcelain Veneers
If professional whitening isn’t enough to remove the damage and discoloration etched into your teeth, consider veneers. These thin, custom-made shells are carefully molded to cover the front side of each tooth. Veneers offer an easy way to create a natural appearance across your entire smile.
Since porcelain has a translucent quality, it closely mimics the look and feel of your real teeth. Thanks to the durability of porcelain, these veneers are resistant to staining and most chipping. They have a lifespan of 15 to 20 years with proper care, so you can enjoy your new and improved appearance without any second thoughts.
Tooth-Colored Composite Fillings
Beyond whitening and veneers, composite fillings could be your answer for a whiter smile. Composite (tooth-colored) fillings are used to repair teeth affected by decay, cracks, fractures and other types of damage while preserving a more natural tooth appearance. If you need to repair significant damage to one of your back teeth, but don’t want your fillings to be obvious when you smile, ask your dentist about composite fillings.
Not sure which teeth whitening treatment is best for you? Dr. Campbell is here to help. Call (562) 521-1508 to schedule your appointment and start your journey to a healthier, whiter smile.