It seems as though everywhere you turn these days, there is a commercial or ad for teeth whitening solutions. You can’t even go on social media without a dozen influencers having a “story” with a teeth whitening device stuck in their mouth trying to get you to but the “miracle” product they are using to keep their teeth so white. Rather than spend a fortune on some gimmick product, here are a few ways to help keep your teeth both white and strong.
Drink a LOT of Water
Everyone likes a sweet treat every now and again, but drinks such as soda and fruit juice are very acidic. The acid in these drinks can and will eat away at the enamel on your teeth. Rather than slowly destroying your teeth, drink water, which will both satisfy your thirst as well as avoid coloring your teeth, which some drinks can do over longer periods of time.
Eat Calcium-Rich Foods
From the time we are children, we are told that we need our calcium. It is not only good for your bones but also your teeth. Calcium will help remineralize the enamel on your teeth. So, don’t be shy about healthy dairy products as well as eating leafy greens and nuts.
Avoid ‘Staining’ Foods
As briefly hinted to above, you should avoid foods that by their nature, will color your teeth. Drinks such as black coffee, colas, and red wine are some of the more common drinks that can darken your teeth. As far as foods go, blueberries, curry, and tomatoes are example of foods that will stain. Now, we don’t expect you to cut all of these out completely but be careful in how you eat them. For instance, add blueberries to a smoothie and use a straw rather than just eating plain blueberries on their own.
Use Enamel-Strengthening Toothpaste and Mouthwash
As you are probably fully aware, there are kinds of toothpaste for just about everything today. If tooth whitening is your primary concern, look for a toothpaste that promotes stronger enamel in addition to whitening. In most cases, there are mouthwash products meant to complement these types of toothpaste, so be on the lookout for enamel-strengthening mouthwash as well.
Don’t Forget the Basics
Performing your basic oral health tasks every day will go a long way to keeping your teeth both strong and white. Brush and floss every day, including your tongue. If possible, purchase a water flosser, as they can get into places even regular floss is unable to remove food particles from. Trust me, the first time you use a water flosser, even if you flossed prior, you will be amazed at what you see in the sink.
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