7 Easy Tips to Get Whiter Teeth
There are countless benefits you can enjoy when you have whiter, shinier teeth! You’ll leave a positively unforgettable first impression, you’ll look younger, and you’ll definitely feel more confident. So here are some tips and tricks to make and keep your teeth whiter, and your smile brighter:
1. The color of your food and drink is important.
The pigments in the food and drinks we consume can stain our teeth over time, so as much as possible, cut back on your intake of foods like dark meats, and drinks like coffee, cola, black tea, and red wine (and using a straw can also help lessen discolouration).
2. Beware of the acid in your food and drinks!
Acidic foods not only cause discolouration, they can also make your teeth weaker! It’s best to try to stay away from ketchup, soy sauce, and other acid-heavy food and drinks. Fruit juices, especially the freshly-squeezed ones, contain acids that could harm your teeth’s enamel, so just be sure to drink (or rinse your mouth with) water right after.
Go for nuts and whole grains, and fruits and veggies with low acid content, and of course, plain water, to minimise the effect of acids on your teeth (and contribute to your overall health, too!).
One more thing — when you’ve just consumed acidic food or drink, it’s best to wait 30 minutes before you pick up a toothbrush! The acid softens the teeth’s enamel, which makes them vulnerable when you brush.
3. Stop feeding bacteria with sugar.
Soda and packaged juice drinks, candies and chocolates, and other sweet treats contain copious amounts of sugar, which could be detrimental to your teeth (and your health in general!) — so avoiding them, or at least reducing your intake, is important.
If you absolutely need to have your chocolate, then go dark! It not only has less sugar, its rich cacao content also helps fight bacteria. Same goes for hard cheeses, which also gives you the added benefit of calcium for the bones.
4. Spice up your life!
If you love spicy food, you’ll be delighted to know that they’re great for your teeth! Eating spicy food triggers your salivary glands to produce more saliva, which can help wash out food debris stuck on your teeth and at the same time protect them with its antibacterial properties.
5. Go for a quick water gargle after every meal.
We know that brushing is not always an option (especially when you’re in a cafe or a restaurant), so a quick fix is a mouth rinse with plain water right after a meal or an acidic or sugary drink! This will get rid of food debris, minimise the effects of acids in your food and drinks, and wash away sugar residue.
6. Brush your teeth regularly — AND properly.
Now this one’s pretty obvious, but it still needs to be said because there’s just no substitute for it. The absolute minimum is twice a day — once in the morning and once before going to sleep — but feel free to brush more often than that!
If you’re the type to brush after every meal, however, you need to be more careful in choosing a toothpaste. The formulation has to be gentle enough so as not to hurt the enamel, like BrilliantSmileTM WhiteningEVO Toothpaste. It’s a great addition to your oral care arsenal because it not only helps maintain white teeth by removing stains, its prophylactic properties also ensure that your mouth is protected from plaque, cavities, and sensitivity.
And don’t brush too hard because the pressure from your hand can damage your teeth’s enamel.
7. A balanced diet promotes overall health — including oral health!
Brushing and gargling and flossing are external factors that help maintain your oral hygiene, but another big help is a balanced diet so you can make your teeth healthy from within!