Change Your Habits and You'll Brighten Your Smile!
You've probably heard the phrase, “You're not fully dressed without a smile”. Its true in many ways, but why not put on your best suit? Meaning of course: brighten your smile. A brighter smile makes everyone look better.
Its a sign of good health and good hygiene. Not to mention it just tends to brighten your whole face. Everyone knows that the smile is a universal attractor. It gets you more; more partners, more friends, and even more job offers. Not to mention you will live longer and suffer from less depression.
The first and most commonly practiced method of brightening your smile is of course: brushing regularly! Ideally, after each and every meal; including those in between snacks. This is the most important part of brightening your smile.
Not only will it remove surface stains from your teeth, it helps to decrease the amount of plaque and tarter build up that can leave your smile looking, well... less than inviting. Not only that, it freshens your breath by removing food particle and bacteria.
It is important to find a toothbrush that is right for you. Avoid the hard bristled toothbrushes. This is because they tend to wear down the enamel of your teeth and may even damage your gums; which can cause them to recede. Always remember to brush in small circles that gradually increase to wider circles. This has a “polishing” effect on your teeth and is the best method for getting any food deposits and surface stains.
Never forget to floss as well. When you floss, you tend to remove any stubborn deposits of plaque and also, and any lingering deposits of food. It is these lingering deposits of food that can lead to tooth decay and flossing will also serve to prevent staining around the edges of the teeth. Flossing also gets rid of up to 30 per cent of the bacteria that brushing alone can leave behind.
Another good way to get that bright smile and keep it is to brush your tongue. Lingering food particles and bacteria can repopulate your teeth after you brush. This can also stain your teeth if you drink large amounts of coffee and tea.
Sure you've got the coffee stains off with brushing your teeth and flossing, but chances are you will lick your teeth with that coffee stain laden tongue and therefore undo all your hard work. Using mouthwash as the last stage, and first in the case of plaque loosening pre-rinses, gets rid of all the staining agents you may have left behind. In the case of pre-rinses, you can easily loosen up stubborn plaque deposits as well.
Although chewing gum can help you as well, it is by far no substitute to a full session of brushing. Avoid chewing gum that contains a lot of sugar. Sugar is essentially an invitation to tooth decay and the refined variety is terribly addictive to boot. The more you enjoy that sugary gum, the more you increase your chance for nasty stains and tooth decay.
“Junk” Food Will Give You “Junk” Teeth!
Adhering to a healthy diet not only helps the rest of your body, it will also help you maintain that beautiful pearly smile as well. As stated above, cut the sugar out. Cut it out as much as you can. Not only will this help to prevent tooth decay, it will also make you feel much better and will give you genuine cause to flash that shiny smile.
This doesn't mean you have to eliminate all the sweet things from your diet. A good, natural, sugar alternative is stevia. Stevia is an organic, so there is no worry of other health issues that may arise from using synthetic sweeteners, sweetener that can even be used just like sugar when baking. So you get all the joy of sweets, but none of the dubious side effects that can come from sugar substitutes like aspartame.
Try and avoid chocolate if you can. Easier said than done, yes, but that wonderful dark gooey comfort is also staining your teeth and opening the door to tooth decay as well. This is especially true considering that most companies use more sugar than necessary. After all, refined sugar is cheaper than actual chocolate and companies are always looking to minimize their expenses. Usually at your expense.
Drop that cigarette in the nearest designated cigarette receptacle and never pick it back up. The nicotine and tar found in cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco stain teeth faster than anything else. With time and a little more care, your teeth will brighten by many shades, even with just quitting smoking or chewing tobacco products.
Add more calcium to your diet. This helps strengthen not only your bones, but also your teeth as well. When you increase your calcium intake, you give your body the raw material it needs to repair and keep your teeth white and healthy. Give your body the building blocks for healthier whiter teeth by choosing calcium rich foods.
As stated before, coffee and tea can stain your teeth, but other beverages are just as harmful, if not outright worse. Especially dark colas and other carbonated beverages. Not to mention that excessive intake can lead to a stripping away of the enamel.
Many have witnessed the awesome corrosive power of a particularly popular, dark, and carbonated beverage; you can rest assured that it is eating away the enamel of your teeth just as fast as it does to the average chicken egg shell. Cut this out and you also eliminate a major source of sugar as well.
Follow the Pearly Brick Road!
Keep at these simple changes and you'll find yourself with a brighter smile in an astonishingly short amount of time. Changes by shades without the need for harsh tooth brightening creams or bizarre tooth brightening gimmicks that only last as long as you keep spending hard earned cash. A brighter smile and a brighter future await you!