Tips for Keeping Your Teeth White
I’m a bit obsessed with keeping my teeth white and for good reason… yellow or stained teeth is just not a cute look on anyone. And trust me, I’m a big fan of foods and drinks that can definitely be culprits of discoloration like black tea, coffee and wine - I consume all three on the regular, but I still get lots of compliments on my smile. And that’s because there are really easy things you can do at home that are fast and inexpensive yet still effective at keeping your pearly whites lookin’ good. The key is just using the right things and being consistent.
Tip #1: Use an electric toothbrush.
If you’re still using a regular old toothbrush and complaining about discolored teeth… honey, throw that thing out and upgrade. Electric toothbrushes are one million times better than regular ones. First of all, they just have much more power and clean your teeth more effectively so stains are more likely to be removed. Plus, most of them have a timer so you actually brush your teeth for a full two-minutes (which is what dentists all recommend) which again just ensures you are cleaning more effectively. Bonus points… an electric toothbrush is great for your gums and overall oral hygiene so you get whiter teeth AND healthier ones at the same time.
Tip #2: Get a toothpaste with baking soda in it.
I’ve tried so many different whitening toothpastes - ones with activated charcoal, ones with hydrogen peroxide, others that are all-natural - and after my dentist told me to use one with baking soda in it I can absolutely see the difference. I like this one from Arm & Hammer, but there are others to choose from as well. Baking soda is a great whitening agent because it’s a mild abrasive so it actually scrubs away surface stains on your teeth. Plus, it creates an alkaline environment in your mouth, which prevents bacteria from growing. Don’t expect to see a whiter smile after one use, but if you use it consistently it does remove stains.
Tip #3: Rinse with a whitening mouthwash.
After I brush my teeth I always finish with Listerine whitening mouthwash. This was also recommended to me by my dentist and I think the power duo of the baking soda toothpaste with the whitening mouthwash is such a dream team.
Tip #4: Use white strips 1-2 times a year.
If you are looking to remove stains on your teeth and whitening your smile significantly, I really cannot say enough good things about Crest White Strips. They are a game-changer. I’ve been using them twice a year for years now and they absolutely whiten my teeth (and then I use my electric toothbrush, baking soda toothpaste and whitening mouth wash to maintain that level of whiteness until using the strips again). I’ve never had any professional teeth whitening done, but I’ve even had my dentist comment several times that my teeth are white and have been asked what I do. I know a lot of people are worried about them if they have sensitive teeth and I would say I fall into that category and I’m always fine. If you do experience any sensitivity, I recommend using them every other night instead of every night and maybe switching to a sensitive toothpaste.
Tip #5: Floss!
Guys, ya gotta floss, ok? And not like once a month but literally every single day. Good old fashioned flossing can help your teeth stay white by reducing bacteria in your mouth and preventing plaque build-up (which also means a healthier mouth, yay!).