Think you know everything about getting white teeth? Think again! Having white teeth goes well beyond picking up a pack of whitening toothpaste or getting a whitening treatment done at your dentist.
There are so many factors that can impact the color of your teeth, and how your teeth look can have a big impact on what people think about you. In fact, having whiter teeth has been proven to make you more attractive as a prospective partner as well as more employable, not to mention making you appear younger. So what are the secrets to dazzling white teeth? Let’s explore some factors that impact the colour of your teeth.
Watch Your Diet
What you eat and drink can have a pretty big influence on the color of your teeth. While those morning cups of coffee might seem like they do not have any effect, over time they will stain your teeth pretty badly. Even if you use a whitening toothpaste, foods that stain your teeth can counteract the positive effects. You should try to avoid having too much of the following foods and drink:
- Dark Tea
- Red Wine
- Colored Soda
- Fruit Juices
- Colored Candy and Popsicles
- Tomato Sauce
While that might seem like a long list, it’s just a guideline of the biggest teeth-staining offenders. Everything is better in moderation, and often avoiding some of these super-staining foods will lead you to find alternatives you might enjoy even more. Thinking before you eat or drink something can help you to avoid piling on unsightly surface stains.
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Watch Your Medications
Did you know that certain medicines can stain your teeth? It’s a pretty frustrating side effect, but your doctor might be able to help. LiveScience calls out some of the biggest culprits, “During adulthood, chlorhexidine, an antiseptic used in prescription-strength mouthwash to treat gingivitis, can cause discolorations. Likewise, the acne-fighting drug minocycline, a derivative of tetracycline, stains teeth. Chemotherapy directed at the head and neck and chemotherapy drugs can also result in intrinsic stains. Even relatively common drugs, such as antihistamines, Albuterol and blood pressure medications, can sometimes yellow teeth.”
If you notice a big change in the color of your teeth after starting a new course of medicine, then it might be the culprit. Ask your doctor if they can check and make sure your dosage is correct if the discoloration becomes a big problem.
Watch Your Brushing Routine
The biggest secret to keeping your teeth white is something that you should be doing regularly anyway. Brushing your teeth won’t just keep them healthy, it will also keep them whiter. The Australian Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth two times each day for about two minutes in order to achieve the maximum benefits.
You also need to make sure you are consistently using a clean toothbrush. This means remembering to swap out your toothbrush to keep cleaning effectively. It is recommended that you change your toothbrush every three to four months, and sometimes even more frequently. Your toothbrush is the tool that you use to keep your teeth clean, so make sure it is always in great condition.
Brushing your teeth consistently will help keep them healthier and whiter in the long-term.
Cut Out Tobacco
If you use tobacco products, this recommendation is probably easier said than done. But consider the huge impact it will have on your health and appearance. If you want to motivate yourself more, take a fraction of the money that you would typically spend on cigarettes and pick up a teeth whitening solution like strips or professional whitening gel kits. Once you see how big of a difference having whiter teeth can make (not to mention the huge array of other health benefits experienced by anyone who gives up smoking), you will probably have a harder time justifying going back to smoking.
Keep It Up!
Maintaining white teeth is a daily process. You need to take exceptional care of your teeth to ensure they are not just sparkling white but also healthy and strong throughout your life.
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Keeping an eye on these four major problem areas can help you do just that, so start paying attention to your diet, medications, oral hygiene, and cut out tobacco. You’ll be surprised by how quickly you see positive results!