Nothing helps you to look youthful and healthy more than a set of sparkling white teeth! However, lifestyle factors such as smoking, poor dental hygiene, red wine, caffeine and even healthy green juices can all take their toll and leave your pearlies looking dull and discoloured. So, how can you restore your natural bright smile? Here are three top tips from the experts.
1. Take Dental Hygiene Seriously
The most essential tip of all is to invest in a regular and thorough dental hygiene routine. Brush twice a day and floss regularly. Avoid over-brushing or brushing too hard however, or you could end up with gum erosion. Brush for two minutes each time, taking care to clean all surfaces. It is well worth investing in a good quality electric toothbrush for a superior clean. Many of the best electric toothbrush
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2. Avoid Foods that Discolour Teeth
Black coffee and tea, red wine, dark green juice, beetroot, nicotine and sugar products can all damage teeth and discolour them. Drink dark juices through a straw to keep them away from your teeth. Eat cheese to remineralise teeth and plain yoghurt for calcium. Crunchy vegetables such as celery also help to keep teeth healthy and clean.
3. Consider Whitening Products You can buy whitening toothpaste which has a gradual and gentle whitening effect when used regularly. Strawberries are also a natural whitener and natural health fans swear by activated charcoal for a cleansing treatment. Professional tooth whitening is available from dentists and this is the safest way to have the treatment because some methods can leave teeth sensitive. It is also important that your dentist checks the health of your teeth and mouth before progressing with any bleach-based whitening treatment.
Finally, a healthy diet, a good multivitamin supplement, plenty of calcium and minerals to keep teeth strong and good hydration will all help to keep your teeth – and smile – in great shape!