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Social media platforms can be a powerful source of inspiration for the beauty industry. However, not everything you see online is safe to copy. Indeed, many DIY remedies have proven harmful in the long term.
DIY teeth whitening is one of those trendy practices that could forever affect your smile. A typical homemade teeth whitening mixture that you can find promoted on platforms such as Instagram or even by some beauty bloggers is the use of crushed strawberries and bicarbonate of soda to make a paste. Unfortunately, the paste can be abrasive and affect your enamel, making the teeth more vulnerable to future cavities. Another popular remedy is oil pulling – aka swishing a tablespoon of oil around the mouth for 20 minutes. But, there is no evidence that oil can improve your teeth color.
However, if you can’t rely on tips found online to improve your teeth health, there are simple decisions you can take to improve your smile, day after day.
Leave it to the professionals to remove stains
Removing stains from your teeth is a common complaint every dentist knows how to handle. Indeed, cosmetic dentistry is designed to not only ensure your teeth remain healthy but also improve their appearance. Stains are typically the result of your diet and lifestyle choices. A smoker, for instance, is likely to have stained teeth as a result of the ingestion of tobacco and nicotine.
Your dentist can help you to find the best option to whiten your teeth, using either a gel you can apply at home or dedicated methods in surgery with light technology. You’re going to not only get better results with professional help, but the hygienist can also provide valuable information during your appointment to ensure you can keep your teeth whiter for longer.
Simple changes in your diet can transform your smile
The most important question you can ask yourself when it comes to teeth stains is, to be blunt about it; what do you put in your mouth? Some foods can stain your teeth. However, it’s the constant exposure to these discoloring foods that leave permanent stains. For instance, drinking a cup of black tea leaves a slight discoloration to your teeth. It doesn’t mean tea is unhealthy. But it means that if you’re an enthusiastic tea drinker, you’re likely to develop teeth staining. You can reduce your consumption or switch for alternative foods and drinks that don’t stain.
Are you brushing your teeth the proper way?
Temporary stains – such as the kind you get after eating discoloring food – typically go away when you brush your teeth. As surprising as it might sound, a lot of people who struggle to get white teeth may not know how to brush their teeth properly. Brushing your teeth can’t be that hard, right?
Choosing the right toothbrush for your teeth can make a great deal of difference. Here a tip from the pros: Pick a soft-bristled brush instead of a firm and hard one. Additionally, you should hold the brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums and teeth to get the best results. I short, pressing the brush hard against your teeth at the wrong angle may not remove any stain.
How do you get rid of your teeth stains? The answer is more complicated than following an Instagram post. Professionals can help you to regain a whiter color. However, your lifestyle and brushing routine can also make a significant difference.