Extra white teeth are not always suggestive of a lively and attractive smile. Enhancement of your facial profile requires a natural smile which involves clean teeth having a color matching with the sclera of your eyes essentially and color of skin tissues generally. Too white or too dark teeth can have a disastrous effect on overall looks and fake smile impression is perceived. Complex teeth whitening procedures have been developed with the advancements in dental sciences and these have their importance when deep internal tooth staining occurs. However, external stains can be prevented and removed with simple home whitening products provided you have the knowledge of such daily items.
Coconut oil has been found to be very effective in preventing the deposition of stain causing chemicals on tooth surfaces. Swishing coconut oil can also remove simple stains. Baking soda is another product which is also used in various teeth whitening mouth washes. Strawberries look red but they can provide sparkling teeth. Cheese has been found to be effective as well. Rinse your mouth with water preferably warm salt water soon after you take tea, coffee or wine. An electric tooth brush can remove extrinsic tooth stains more efficiently than a manual tooth brush. Drinking milk and eating popcorn can help in giving you an attractive smile
For many, dubbed ‘bleachorexics’, tooth-whitening has become an integral part of the beauty routine, like colouring hair or waxing legs.
According to experts in the dental industry watching what you eat and drink and how you brush can make all the difference to the wattage of that winning smile.
For instance, despite their bright red colour, strawberries go a long way to keeping teeth white, as does popcorn.
Time to move your baking soda from your kitchen cupboard to your bathroom cabinet. The fine powder, which is found in lots of toothpastes, is a natural teeth whitener.
Salt water not only helps whiten your teeth naturally, it also helps maintain healthy gums. ‘Salt is a natural antibacterial working by attacking bacterial cell walls,’ explains Dr Marques.
Coffee and balsamic vinegar are also best avoided and white wine is better than red. But Dr Peta Leigh, whitening specialist at Elleven Dental in central London says: ‘If you do want to treat yourself to red wine, drink a glass of water after. This will help minimise staining.’
‘Electric toothbrushes can remove up to 70 per cent more plaque than manual brushes because they vibrate or rotate in a more efficient and effective manner than manual brushing alone,’ says Dr Marques.
Cheese is another great naturally cleansing food that can strengthen the teeth. Dr Marques explains: ‘Cheese contains calcium and also has a cleansing surface structure – especially hard cheese like cheddar.’
Make your smile lively and attractive