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6 Ways to Brighten Your Teeth
If you are like most people, you probably spend a decent amount of time trying to figure out new ways to brighten your teeth. Most people would love to have a bright, shiny smile. It is one of the first things those around you notice during interactions and it helps to make a good first impression. People with discolored, unhealthy-looking teeth are often viewed as unattractive and dirty, while those with bright smiles are seen as attractive and successful.
Most people would like to be viewed as attractive and successful, so let us take a look at a few easy ways to brighten your teeth.
Easy ways to brighten your teeth
1. Use home remedies
Certain items that are available in most homes can be used to brighten your teeth. This includes hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Both things can be purchased for a couple of bucks at a local grocery store and they can be combined for best results. Patients should make a solution that contains one part of hydrogen peroxide for every two parts of baking soda. The mixture should then be used to brush teeth with.
2. Brush properly
Brushing at least twice a day and doing it properly is essential for bright teeth. Whitening toothpaste can be used to remove new stains and it can also help to maintain the appearance of teeth. Patients should always try to brush their teeth after consuming things that can stain them like coffee or red wine. The earlier stains are attacked, the easier it is to remove them.
Most dentists recommend brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Hard bristles can damage tooth enamel, making teeth more susceptible to tooth decay, patients should also avoid brushing too hard.
3. Use pre-rinse whitener prior to brushing
A pre-rinse can be used to loosen food particles and stains before brushing. This makes brushing sessions more effective.
4. Follow up the brushing session with a quality mouthwash
Mouthwash helps to clean the tight spaces flossing and brushing cannot reach. A mouthwash that contains hydrogen peroxide can be used to effectively whiten teeth when used twice a day for a period of about three months. Patients should try to avoid dark-colored mouth rinses since the pigment in them can actually stain teeth over time.
5. Brush whenever you get the chance
Patients are advised to keep a travel toothbrush close to them at all times. This way, the person can brush their teeth whenever they consume things that can stain them. For example, coffee can cause some rather unsightly stains on teeth, but brushing afterward helps to prevent this. Brushing throughout the day also helps to keep a person's breath fresh.
6. Do not forget the gums
The teeth and tongue are not the only areas that should be cleaned during brushing sessions. It is just as important to clean the gums during each brushing session. Gently run the toothbrush over the surfaces of the gums.
A dentist can also help to brighten your smile. Schedule a consultation with one of our cosmetic dentists and explore your options.
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