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Six ways to have whiter, shiny teeth

Six ways to have whiter, shiny teeth

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Jesusegun Alagbe

Having a set of white and shiny teeth has many advantages. It could enhance the way you smile and this could in turn make you to be attractive to people. This could in turn also help you to land a good job or business deal and even a great partner. Of course, there are the usual whitening methods: toothpaste, mouthwash, gums, and expensive professional treatments.

However, there are also easy, everyday habits that can help whiten your teeth and brighten your smile. Here are six simple ways to make your teeth white and shiny:

Swap out your toothbrush

Having whiter teeth could be as easy as throwing out your old toothbrush. It is advisable to replace your toothbrush every three months, or as soon as you see the majority of the bristles begin to bend and look worn down. After the bristles are worn down, your toothbrush isn’t cleaning your teeth properly.

 Brush your tongue

Brushing your tongue isn’t only about having fresh breath. It can also help to prevent staining. Your tongue accumulates bacteria, which can eventually lead to discolouration. Use a soft toothbrush and long strokes starting at the very back of the tongue, rinsing your brush after each stroke. This will help remove the bacteria on the brush without re-depositing it on your tongue.

 Rinse with apple cider vinegar
While it isn’t as effective as other, more mainstream whitening treatments, it is a natural and organic way to maintain healthy teeth. Pop some teaspoonfuls of apple cider vinegar into a glass of water and swish the solution around your mouth for one minute, then pour out.

Eat raw fruits and vegetables
Eating fruits, vegetables, and other crunchy foods is good for your body and your teeth. Eating nuts, raw carrots, apples, and cauliflower can help keep your teeth clean by removing surface stains and plaque that leads to cavities.

Use gel trays instead of strips
Experts are divided on the effectiveness of whitening strips. Some say strips should be avoided because they don’t distribute the whitening paste evenly. Teeth are usually darkest near the gum line, where the strips can’t reach. So, it is recommended you use whitening gel trays.

 Rinse your mouth with water after eating oranges

Although they’re a good go-to for vitamin C, citrus fruits, such as lemons and limes, contain acid that erodes tooth enamel. This can make teeth stain more easily. The fix? Make sure to rinse your mouth out with water immediately after eating these fruits to wash the destructive acid off your teeth.


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