A strong and white set of teeth serves as an asset to an individual. Aside from speech and chewing, the teeth can make or break one’s appearance. The following are the tips to have pearly white teeth.
According to Web MD, one could use enough, but not too much fluoride. The publication said that fluoride is one of the best advances in oral health, since it aids strengthen tooth enamel, preventing tooth decay. If the house water does not have fluorine, a dental professional may recommend applying fluoride application on the teeth surface. In addition, toothpastes and mouth rinses in the market also contain the mineral. For young children, fluoride should be used for no more than a pea-sized dab on the toothbrush, since using too much may cause white spots on the teeth.
Baking soda also helps whiten teeth. With the name sodium bicarbonate, baking soda is mildly abrasive in nature, as per Everyday Roots. It brings a whiter shade to the teeth by scrubbing away debris and stains on the surface of the teeth. In addition, its alkaline pH helps neutralize the acidity of the mouth, whether it is normal or a person eats a lot of acidic food. Acid can also breakdown the tooth enamel, so the alkalinity of sodium bicarbonate also helps prevent the corrosive properties of acids. Several teaspoons of baking soda can be mixed with water or fresh lemon juice to make a paste, which is applied to the teeth. The paste is allowed to stay for one to three minutes and is then rinsed.
Chicago Dental Society spokesperson Mary Hayes told Prevention that acid in drinks like soda, plus the abrasive action of brushing can erode the enamel of the teeth. Thus, one time when a person should not clean his teeth is after consuming acidic beverage. In line with drinking acidic beverages, such as sodas, sports drinks, and juices, a study in the British dental Journal (via Prevention) found out that sipping acidic drinks using a straw positioned in the back of the mouth would lessen the contact of the acidic fluid to the teeth, preserving the enamel.
Eating a healthy diet also aids in giving a strong and white appearance to the teeth. According to 7 Years Younger, sugar and anything that would stick to the teeth would increase the risk of having tooth decay, which could potentially discolor and destroy the teeth. The publication added that one should eat more fruits and vegetables and limit the intake of sweets and sticky food. In fact, foods rich in folic acid, along with Vitamin C, lower the risk of having bleeding gums. Examples of these foods are green vegetables, beans and peas, and citrus fruits. Meanwhile, yogurt also helps protect the teeth and gums as it has ingredients called probiotics, which help defend the teeth and the mouth from bad bacteria.
Brushing one’s teeth after meals stands as one of the best practices in preserving the health of the teeth, gums, and tongue. However, some food particles may be left stuck in between the teeth and the gum line, which can cause bacterial growth, production of plaque and tartar, and oral problems. Flossing also helps remove such particles from the teeth, giving a cleaner look to one’s smile. In fact, one may practice flossing with his eyes closed, as per Reader’s Digest. This practice allows people to be able to floss their teeth even if they are not in front of a mirror, allowing them to perform dental hygiene regardless of time and place.
Aside from these tips, one should also see the dentist regularly to ensure that the overall state of the mouth, teeth, and tongue are properly assessed and treated by a professional. For significant shift in the teeth, one may consider orthodontics.