Are you looking to whiten your teeth? You may have heard that using whitening strips or even taking bleaching pills can help you achieve the whiter smile of your dreams, but these methods can be quite expensive and aren’t always as effective as they claim to be. Instead of wasting money on products with chemicals or over-the-counter that could potentially damage your teeth, try some of these simple tips to naturally whiten your teeth at home!
Start Eating Healthy
Start eating foods that are rich in citrus and vitamin C. Citrus fruits like lemons and limes will help to ward off cavities, while a few slices of watermelon will provide the right balance of hydration and sugar to help wash away plaque. You can also drink green tea after dinner as it reduces the acidity in your mouth, making your teeth whiter on their own.
Start brushing your teeth at least two times per day, both morning and night. Be sure you’re brushing your teeth properly so you get all the spaces between each tooth. Remember to brush above the gum line too! Use an antibacterial mouthwash twice a day (or after lunch) to kill germs in hard-to-reach places like under your tongue.
Use A Whitening Mouthwash
Some people may prefer a whitening mouthwash over strips, toothpaste, or home remedies for its simplicity. Most whitening mouthwashes have just one active ingredient: a peroxide-based bleaching agent. For the best results, choose a product that has at least a 10% concentration of hydrogen peroxide and is in its original factory-sealed packaging. Follow these steps to use your whitening mouthwash:
Brush your teeth as usual and then drink some water to dilute the mouthwash in your mouth
Swish the rinse for thirty seconds or more to expose every part of your teeth to the active ingredient
Finally, spit out the rinse into a sink or cup and brush with toothpaste as usual after that
Get Enough Sleep
As the adage goes, beauty sleep is real. Lack of sleep can lead to dark circles under your eyes, puffy bags, and a dull complexion. If you want to reduce the amount of time you spend in the makeup chair, prioritizing your beauty rest might be for you.
Before you call it a night, use a facial mist as one final step to prep your skin for better absorption when sleeping. This not only helps skin retain moisture while you snooze but also primes it so that less moisturizer is needed upon waking. Antioxidant-rich ingredients in most facial mists will help ward off future signs of aging caused by harmful pollution or stress.
Brush Your Teeth After Meals And At Least Twice Daily
Getting your teeth whiter is easier than you may think! Just make sure to brush twice a day and floss at least once to keep your teeth clean. When you aren’t busy, make sure to smirk or even just smile broadly to force the use of your cheeks, which will help make the gums around your teeth look pinker in contrast. And while there are plenty of natural ways out there to whiten your teeth like apple cider vinegar or activated charcoal, remember that overuse of these can take away nutrients from the body and have negative side effects like lead poisoning. However, brushing with baking soda and salt can help naturally whiten your teeth by scrubbing off tartar (aka plaque) and hard deposits that may be coating them.
Use An Electric Toothbrush
It is important to remember that brushing alone won’t get the job done. You need to make sure your toothpaste is up to snuff. If it’s not going to work on its own, you may want to invest in an electric toothbrush. These are clinically proven to whiten teeth significantly faster than using a manual brush. The more you use an electric toothbrush, the fewer stains and plaque will accumulate in your mouth too.
Smile More Often
Here are some simple tips that can help you whiten your teeth naturally!
-Chew parsley and spinach after eating dark or deep-fried food to freshen your breath. -Cut the apple into chunks, rub the chunks on your teeth, and rinse for about three minutes. Repeat as needed. -In a cup of water, add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda and drink it down. Rinse with warm water after drinking the baking soda solution.