From young adults to baby boomers, everyone wants and wishes to have whiter smile. Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, and a flawlessly bright smile indicates health, vigor and of course, beauty. According to Statisticbrain.com, “53% percent of singles find a great smile the most attractive feature”.
According to doctoroz.com, “with each decade that we age, our teeth can get up to 1 to 2 shades darker. The color pigments inside teeth become more prominent as the dentin structure below the enamel grows. Consider the enamel to be like translucent glass, with the dentin structure shining through underneath, giving us our tooth color. Genetics play a large role in the darkening of our teeth extrinsically and intrinsically, but environmental factors, oral hygiene and nutrition also contribute to the shade of our teeth”.
We’ve scoured the internet and found a handful of ways to whiten your teeth that doesn’t require the use of whitening strips.
Swish – “Swish water in your mouth for 30 seconds right after eating,” says Dr. Connelly. “It will help prevent the food you just ate from staining your teeth.” (Source: womansday.com)
Avoid Sodas – Soda contains acids––like phosphoric, citric, malic and tartaric acids––that can possibly strip your teeth’s enamel. If you have to indulge every once in a while, use a straw.
Snack away – During the day snack on raw fruits and vegetables. Try apples, carrots and celery. By chewing hard, you produce more saliva that will help wash away bad bacteria.
Use the recipe below once or twice a month for cleaner, whiter teeth. The recipe is courtesy of sheknows.com:
Strawberry baking soda teeth whitener
Ingredients you will need:
- 1 strawberry, mashed
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- Mash the strawberry in a small bowl and mix it with the baking soda.
- Place the mixture on your toothbrush, and brush for a few minutes.
- Follow by brushing your teeth with your regular toothpaste and flossing.
Some things to keep in mind:
- The method that works best will vary from person to person. Not everything will work for everyone, that’s okay.
- A rule of thumb: if it hurts, stop. If you decide to use whitening strips and it becomes painful, stop.