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How to Whiten Your Teeth

Jul 07 2017

Here are some good ideas on how to whiten your teeth:
1.Use baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.
Mix together one part hydrogen peroxide and two parts baking soda, then brush your teeth using the mixture.
2. Brush frequently and correctly.
Whether you use an electric or manual toothbrush, opt for a soft head. Hard brushes can act like sandpaper and damage your enamel.
3. Consider upgrading to an electric toothbrush.
Even though you can get excellent results from manual toothbrushes, electric toothbrushes really get the job done. Not only do they provide exceptional plaque removal and gum stimulation.
4. Use whitening toothpaste.
Whitening toothpastes don’t necessarily produce a dramatically whiter smile on their own, but they can make your teeth whiter than regular toothpaste.
5. Use a whitening pre-rinse before brushing.
A pre-rinse loosens buildup and food, so brushing will be even more effective.
6. Use a mouthwash after brushing
Mouthwash gets into the gaps cleaned out by brushing and flossing; if it’s a fluoride wash, the fluoride sits there battling decay.
7. Brush Even When You’re On the Go
Stash extra toothbrushes everywhere.
8. Take care of your gums.
Remember that healthy pink gums make white teeth appear brighter.
9. Use whitening strips at home.
Don’t go overboard. Strips are meant to stay on for an hour, max.
10. Avoid foods and drinks that stain.
Basically, anything that can stain a white shirt — coffee, tea, red wine, cola, ketchup, mustard, hot chocolate — can also stain your teeth.
11. Chase wine with water.
Red wine isn’t the only culprit when it comes to staining your teeth. The high acid levels in white wine temporarily damage the enamel, making teeth weak and especially vulnerable to stains.
12. Stimulate saliva.
Saliva acts as a natural cleanser for your mouth, so do whatever you can to stimulate saliva production.
13. Wear blue-based lip colors.
Colors with names like “cherry,” “wine,” and “berry” tend to have blue undertones, making teeth appear whiter.
14. Get your teeth whitened at the dentist’s office.
Whitening is much, much faster in the office.

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