How to Whiten Teeth Beautifully
How to whiten teeth: fact vs. fiction
Our Peoria patients frequently ask us how to whiten teeth at home. There are plenty of myths about what works and what doesn’t. Charcoal toothpaste, for example, continues to be a sought-after way to whiten teeth. While charcoal is a powerful detoxifier, there’s no evidence to suggest that it’s an effective teeth whitener.
Read on for some tips on how you can effectively whiten your smile!
Tips on how to whiten teeth the right way!
The best way to create a white smile is to maintain a healthy body. A diet rich in vegetables, fruit and plenty of water keeps your mouth and body in top condition. You’ll also want to keep these oral hygiene basics in mind:
1. Visit your dentist every six months, or more frequently, depending on your needs.
Insurance benefits typically cover routine checkups and cleanings every six months. You may need to see your dentist more frequently depending on your needs and whitening goals.
2. Make sure that any whitening toothpaste you use has the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
The ADA Seal of Acceptance shows that the product you’re using has undergone scientific testing and proven to be effective at whitening your teeth.
3. Brush twice a day for at least two minutes.
One of the best at home whitening methods you can use is proper brushing, which means that you spend at least two minutes brushing both morning and night. For best results, invest in an electric toothbrush.
4. Floss at least once a day (or use a flossing alternative).
Brushing alone isn’t enough to keep your smile healthy and white. Flossing removes teeth-yellowing debris from between your teeth. Floss picks and interdental brushes are great if you don’t like regular floss.
5. Limit teeth-staining foods and beverages such as coffee, tea, red wine and sweets.
Acidic and sugary foods stain and erode the enamel, which can dull your smile. Keep them to a minimum, use straws and clean your teeth as soon as possible after consuming.
6. Avoid tobacco products.
Not only does tobacco ruin the appearance of your smile, but it also increases your risk for gum disease, oral cancer and healing complications after oral surgery. If you use tobacco and want to quit, get help here.
7. Talk to your dentist about professional whitening and at home whitening kits.
Professional cosmetic whitening produces dramatic results in many patients over 18. Talk to your dentist to see if cosmetic whitening is right for you.
By following these whitening tips, you’re well on your way to creating a more beautiful smile! If you have any questions about at home whitening, be sure to talk to Dr. Cameron Smith or Sanita at your next appointment.
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