5 Habits for Naturally Whiter Teeth
Wondering how you can enjoy having whiter teeth without having to resort to using bleaching agents on your teeth? Here are five habits that could help you and your family have naturally white teeth.
Drinking plenty of water
There truly isn’t enough that could be said about the health benefits that go along with drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Dentists in particular love it when their patients are primarily water drinkers. Drinking water helps to flush bad bacteria and acids out of the mouth—especially those left after enjoying a sweet or acidic snack food. For those wanting whiter teeth, flushing your teeth with water on a regular basis means that teeth staining acids have less time to erode tooth enamel and cause stains. The result: naturally whiter teeth.
Brushing and flossing regularly (even when on the go)
Most dentists will recommend that you brush at least twice a day, for about three minutes for each brushing. Our lives do get hectic, of course, and sometimes this can cause even the best of us to miss a tooth brushing or two during the week. If you want to have naturally white teeth without resorting to using bleaching agents on your teeth, however, it’s important to make a habit out of brushing and flossing—wherever you are. This means keeping a spare toothbrush, tube of toothpaste, and floss with you in your car, at your desk at work, etc. You might even teach yourself how to floss with your eyes closed, as this will make it easy for you to floss just before bed, while at your desk, in your car, etc.
Using alcohol free mouthwash
Mouthwashes that contain alcohol may be refreshing, but in the long run they really work to dry out your mouth, making your teeth more susceptible to harmful, tooth staining bacteria. If you have a habit of using mouthwash in your dental hygiene routine, make sure that this mouthwash is alcohol free.
Replacing a toothbrush every three months
If the bristles on your toothbrush are worn down, then they won’t be able to clean your teeth properly. It’s best to replace your toothbrush every three months so that you can enjoy maximum benefits of tooth brushing.
Avoiding dark, pigmented foods
There are many foods out there that are more likely to cause tooth staining, simply because they are darker and more pigmented. Some examples: tomato sauce, wine, curry, balsamic vinegar, and berries. In other words, if it can stain your fingers or plastic containers, then it can stain your teeth as well. You don’t necessarily need to cut these foods out of your diet to enjoy naturally white teeth, but it’s best not to eat large amounts of these foods on a regular basis if you want whiter teeth.