Whitening your teeth is one of the fastest ways to turn back the clock.Two thousand Brits had to estimate the age of the model in the photo. One photo showed a woman with a radiant white smile, the other the same woman with yellowish, rather uncared for teeth. On average, the 31 year old model was estimated to be 44, 13 years older than actual.
Have your pearly whites lost their luster?
Have your pearly whites lost their luster because of dingy gray or yellow stains? Stained teeth can occur as we age, but some common foods, drinks, and even mouthwashes can stain teeth. Do-it-yourself remedies can help whiten teeth, and avoiding substances that stain teeth can stop further discoloration.
Use these secrets to whiter teeth to restore your bright smile:
1. Baking soda
Renowned as a safe, inexpensive way to get rid of household stains, that little orange box of baking soda may make your teeth whiter through its gentle abrasive action. Sprinkle baking soda on top of toothpaste, or add directly to your toothbrush. Do not use it daily, as it may harm enamel.
2. Eating crunchy foods
Eating crunchy foods such as celery, apples, pears,cucumbers, broccoli and carrots are also natural simple tooth whiteners. Because they’re crunchy, they get the saliva going, aiding in lessening tooth stains. Saliva helps wash away food debris as well.
3.Try fruits with tooth whitening abilities.
Certain fruits have the ability to whiten teeth naturally. They act as excellent and simple tooth whiteners or bleachers. Take strawberries, for instance — they contain natural whitening agents and are one of the popular home remedies for tooth whitening and bleaching.
rub strawberry onto your teeth or make a paste out of strawberries. It is necessary to brush your teeth immediately with toothpaste after rubbing strawberry on them, though, because they contain acids and sugars that can be harmful to your teeth.
Consume more raisins. Just like crunchy veggies, raisins induce higher levels of saliva production. This constant tooth washing helps rinse the plaque away and prevents build up.
4. Milk and yogurt
Milk and yogurt, keep teeth sparkling and cavity-free, too, because they contain the minerals calcium and phosphorus, which promote the remineralziation of tooth enamel.
You may be thinking that strong enamel has nothing to do with a white smile, but it does. It’s the outermost layer of your teeth and, therefore, is not only what you see, but also a protectant. When it becomes stained, it determines the color of your tooth. Replenishing the calcium and phosphate that builds it up will keep it strong and healthy.
Herbalist Barbara Griggs recommends an old-fashioned quick tooth-whitening remedy which can be done in the great outdoors. According to Griggs, simply taking a sage leaf from your herb garden and wiping it over teeth and gums may make them brighter because of sage’s astringent properties. Alternatively, dry and grind sage leaves for use as a tooth powder, or infuse fresh leaves and rinse with the cooled, strained water.
there are some new herbs in town. “Coriander, spearmint, tarragon, eucalyptus, rosemary and cardamom that might cause dental whitening. These are also good for fighting bad breath,” says Dr. Christine Gerbstadt, who has lectured on oral health. You can chew on fresh herbs or make tonics by steeping them in hot water (as a tea). These herbs make an excellent digestive as well—doubling the benefits of ending a meal this way.
Sometimes, the simplest solutions get overlooked. Simply rinses your mouth as soon as possible after eating may go a long way in preventing coffee, sodas and other staining agents from lingering in the mouth. According to Sid Kirchheimer in “The Doctors Book of Home Remedies II,” even the simple act of discreetly swishing water in your mouth before swallowing makes a big difference when you can’t get to a restroom to rinse or brush your teeth.
Preventing your teeth from discoloration is easier than removing stains, which is why these natural tooth whitening and bleaching techniques are extremely important. Brushing and flossing play a huge (the hugest) role in keeping teeth clean and white. Failing to keep up on these habits allows staining and tooth decay to creep in, both of which cause discoloration.
Flossing is just as important. There are stains between your teeth too! And what’s more, it promotes gum health as well. If your gums are red and puffy, doesn’t matter how white your teeth are.
Take a picture of your teeth before whitening. The process is gradual and you may not notice color change without comparing to a before picture.
If bleaching doesn’t help, ask your dentist about dental bonding, in which a tooth-colored material is applied to teeth.
Dr. Parvin Carter has over 30 years of experience in Dentistry; she is a Preferred Provider of Invisalign and the director of A Redding Invisalign Center. She received her degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery, from Indiana University Dental School, in 1982, after which she immediately opened her private practice.
In July 1990 she received fellowship award from academy of General Dentistry. This award requires 600 hours of continuing education and passing required examination. In July 2000 Dr. Carter received Mastership award from Academy of General Dentistry. This is the highest award for continuing education. This award requires 800 hours of participation in dentistry specialties. According to the Journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, only 1% of US dentists achieve this high level of advancement.
Dr. Carter’s expertise are:
Invisalign, orthodontics, advanced TMJ treatment, oral surgery, sleep Disorders, placement of implants, restorations of cosmetic dentistry, whole mouth rehabilitation, fixed and removable prosthodontic, periodontics (soft tissue management), tooth and implant supported over dentures, endodontics, molars and anterior and sedation dentistry.