A bright fresh smile shows that you’re healthy and makes you feel confident. Most people use products and natural methods to whiten and brighten their teeth. Here are some healthy tips to keep your teeth looking great for as long as possible, including things to avoid at all costs.
At Home Teeth Whitening Kits
If you want to save the expense of a whitening treatment from your dentist, you can try a home whitening kit. These generally come in different strengths. Which strength you choose will depend on the sensitivity of your teeth and how stained they are, it will also determine the active whitening ingredients. For example, a standard strength whitener will generally contain 10 percent carbamide peroxide and you will apply it for 40-60 minute per day. A high strength whitening kit will usually contain 16 percent carbamide peroxide and will be applied for 30-45 minutes per day, and a maximum strength kit will contain 18 percent carbamide peroxide and will be applied for 30-45 minutes per day. You mix the ingredients in a moldable tray designed to fit around your teeth and then put them in place for the required time. Some home whitening kits also come with an LED light system to speed up the activation so you don’t have to keep the trays on your teeth for so long. These kits give maximum results in just one hour. Look here to find out more about DIY teeth whitening products.
Things to Avoid to Keep Your Teeth Stain Free
If you’ve whitened your teeth and you don’t want them to stain over time, you may wish to avoid the following foods:
Pasta Sauce: Because of their color and acidity, tomatoes in pasta sauce can sometimes lead to teeth staining. If you do want to eat pasta, have an appetizer containing dark green vegetables beforehand. This will create a protective coating on your teeth and prevent staining.
Curry: If you’re a lover of Indian food, you may notice it causes your teeth to take on a yellow hue over time. When you do eat curry eat fresh fruit to prevent staining.
Balsamic Vinegar: Although this is delicious and healthy salad dressing, it can sometimes cause browning of the teeth. Just be sure to add crunchy lettuce or celery to your salad to help prevent the balsamic from coating your teeth.
Berries: Blackberries, blueberries, cranberries can all stain the teeth, but they’re delicious and packed with beneficial antioxidants. When you eat them, drink plenty of water afterward to rinse your teeth.
Beverages: Coffee, tea and wine will all cause stains because of their acidic nature. Sports drinks may also cause staining and damage tooth enamel. Limit your intake of these drinks to keep your teeth looking healthy.
Using these tips and knowing what to avoid will help you keep your gums healthy and your teeth free from stains. Then you will always have a bright, confident smile.
Naomi May loves to use nature in her beauty routine. She enjoys making her own scrubs and balms and eating the right foods to keep her looking great. Her articles talk about health and beauty matters.