Your teeth leave a lasting impression and are the first thing people notice about your smile. They are also a sign of self-confidence and overall health. Regardless of the fashions ruling the runway, one accessory will always be in style: sparkling, white teeth. Unfortunately, habits such as drinking red wine and coffee make it more challenging to maintain a glistening smile.
Everyday Habits to Brighten Your Smile
There are a variety of whitening methods available for your teeth, including gum, toothpaste, whitening strips, and professional treatments. Here are some everyday habits and simple ways to brighten your smile and whiten your teeth.
1. Chew on this. Raw, fibrous vegetables and fruits are nutrient-rich and low in calories. In addition to helping keep your teeth white, chewy foods such as celery, strawberries, and cauliflower also keep gum tissue healthy.
2. Replace your toothbrush. A whiter smile may be as simple as replacing your toothbrush every three months or when you notice bristles bending and looking worn.
3. Rinse with apple cider vinegar. While it is not a mainstream whitening treatment, rinsing with apple cider vinegar is an organic, natural way to sustain a healthy smile. Mix two parts water with one-part apple cider vinegar, and swish the solution for one minute.
4. Brush your tongue. Bacteria accumulates on your tongue and can result in discoloration. Brush your tongue using long strokes with a soft toothbrush starting at the very back. Rinse your brush after each stroke to eliminate the bacteria on the brush and keep from re-depositing any on your tongue.
The best ways to whiten your teeth are to eat plenty of healthy foods and maintain a regular brushing and flossing routine.
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