Tips for Natural Tooth Whitening
Everyone wants a bright, healthy smile. Fortunately, this is easy to achieve, even between dental visits. Natural tooth whitening options are a practical way to get a stand-out smile that can boost confidence and make everything from a business meeting to a first date go perfectly. Here are a few methods to try.
Your Alabama Family Dentistry dentist has likely emphasized the importance of flossing to you, whether you’re a new patient or have been coming to us for quite some time. Flossing gets rid of the plaque and debris in between your teeth that could cause them to look dingy or yellow. Flossing daily will yield an improvement in your smile in virtually no time, especially if you’re also brushing with a quality toothpaste.
Eat Crunchy Vegetables and Fruit
Foods like celery or apples act as scrubbing agents on your teeth and can remove stains while you eat. These foods can also remove impurities from the mouth and body and give you fresher breath.
Chew Gum with Xylitol
Xylitol is a naturally-derived sweetener that can keep plaque from building up on your teeth. Even though plaque build-up increases when you eat sugary foods, the plaque isn’t able to digest xylitol, which makes it a suitable alternative. Xylitol also boosts your saliva production, so your body will naturally clean plaque from the teeth at a faster rate.
Use Lemon Juice and Baking Soda
This tried-and-true method for tooth whitening can help keep your smile especially attractive and healthy. Mix a little baking soda with lemon juice until it forms a thick paste. Rub the solution on your teeth and let it sit for about 60 seconds. Brush your teeth as normal; use a whitening mouthwash if desired. Baking soda has powerful stain-lifting properties, and lemon juice contains citric acid, which is a mild bleaching agent. If you have sensitive teeth, it’s best to use this whitening method sparingly. Even if your teeth are pretty strong, limit your application to once every two weeks or so, as the natural ingredients are pretty powerful.
Following these tips can put you at ease and make you ready for your next appointment at Alabama Family Dentistry, since whitening your teeth also means improving your oral health.