Having whiter teeth is getting more and more important in our society. Here are a few things you can start doing at home to help your smile stay bright and healthy.
Tip #1: Banana Peels
If you didn’t like bananas before, you’ll probably like them now (or, at least their peels). The high amounts of potassium, magnesium and manganese in the fruit can help remove stains and whiten teeth.
Here’s how you can use banana peels to whiten your teeth:
- Get a banana that is just ripe (this ensures that the peel contains an optimum amount of potassium)
- Open the banana and take a small piece of the inside of the peel (you can use kitchen shears to help with this)
- Begin gently rubbing the piece along your teeth
- Keep applying for about 2 minutes and try to get each tooth as much as you can
- Brush your teeth as you normally would
Tip #2: Brush/Rinse After Consuming Stain Causing Foods
Foods and drinks such as hard candies, coffee and wine are notorious for staining your teeth. A good way to prevent staining is by brushing your teeth right after eating. This can help remove any food and plaque that forms on your teeth. However, this may not always be the best solution. The American Dental Association recommends that you avoid brushing right away after eating acidic foods or drinks. This is because the acids weaken your tooth enamel, so brushing too soon can wear away your enamel.
You may not always have time to wait after eating to brush your teeth. So, another thing you can do is to rinse your mouth with a glass of water. This neutralizes the acids and therefore minimizes the staining and damage done to the teeth.
Tip #3: Have Proper Oral Hygiene
Proper oral hygiene is the most proven method to keeping your teeth both healthy and beautiful. The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. It’s not enough to do one or the other. Toothpastes gently buff out stains from the surface of your teeth and flossing gets rid of any food or bacteria that could harden into plaque, which makes your teeth look dull and darker.
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Sources: Southeast Family Dental, Ask the Dentist, Web MD
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