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Daily Bite: 4 Rules for Whiter Teeth

February 23rd, 2012 by eHealthGuide

white smileWhite teeth are not only pleasant to look at, but they are also associated with youth and success. If you want to whiten your teeth or keep your teeth white, there are a few rules you should abide by.

1. Brush Your Teeth

Brush your teeth for at least two minutes after each meal, and use a whitening toothpaste. This won't miraculously turn your teeth whiter, but it will eliminate the surface stains if used on a regular basis. Change your toothbrush after two or three months of usage.

2. Use Teeth Whitener

If your teeth are no longer pearly-white, you can use commercial whitening products or consult your dentist for a professional whitening system. If choosing at-home products, make sure that the concentration of the bleach--carbamide peroxide--is at least 10 percent.

3. Avoid Staining Drinks

Avoid drinks that stain your teeth such as coffee, cola, black tea, red wine or other artificially colored cocktails. If you choose to drink, rinse immediately after having a drink. If you are used to sipping tea or coffee while working, kick this habit or replace your drink with a glass of water.

4. Don't Smoke

Smoking and nicotine are known to darken teeth over time. Quit smoking to benefit your health and your teeth. As an added bonus, you'll also have fresh breath.

 

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Comments
Have tried making toothpaste from Baking Soda, Salt and mint oils although te salt is somewhat overpowering. I have read that Sage is meant to be a natural teeth whitener. Simply rub the leaves directly on to your teeth.
on 05-18-2012 01:11am by Sy2010
Using water & baking soda paste will whiten teeth. But I have heard that lemon or lime juice with baking soda works better. A gal on YouTube uses Bicarbonate of Soda with lemon juice & says it's better if you can find it.
I can't use the OTC whitening products. They give me white spots all over my teeth!! Would rather have yellow teeth than pokadotted teeth!! LOL! I can't afford a professional treatment so I just use the baking soda & it helps. Far from perfect but better.
on 05-17-2012 07:25am by Rustydip
I am totally agree with ruthandstuff.
just make it simple dip tooth brush into lemon juice than dip into baking soda and brush the teeth.
on 05-16-2012 12:01pm by only_4u
I am very disappointed to read such tips. Whitening toothpastes and strips are nothing but a marketing gimmick to get people to buy more cleaning supplies. In reality, they destroy the enamel and the gums that will never be restored again, unless people put caps or crowns on every tooth...
on 05-16-2012 11:10am by ruthandstuff
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