Whether you are introduced to someone, having a sparkling smile is one of the most attractive features. White teeth show off health and beauty in the rest of the face.
Unfortunately the dazzling Hollywood smile is not natural – the natural dentine in teeth is actually slightly yellowish in colour, and given the exposure to food stains, and slow process of ageing a truly white set of natural teeth is rare indeed.
Fortunately there are ways that you can spruce up your smile – some are simple home remedies, whereas others are more complicated. You should be careful to research exactly what natural teeth whitening solutions you try, because some of them can actually be damaging towards your teeth.
You do not want to be in a situation where you are making your teeth less healthy as opposed to more attractive. Your normal brushing routine is the most important habit for your dental health. We discuss the following teeth whitening solutions and the pros and cons.
Simply eating crunchy fruit and vegetables can help to clean your teeth. Apples, celery have enough firmness to clean the surface of your teeth without causing any harm.
Using dental floss is also vitally important. The health of the teeth is intrinsically related to the health of the gums. Not only can flossing clean and whiten those surfaces that your toothbrush cannot reach, but it can help reduce the redness of the gums and make the teeth appear whiter.
Eating calcium rich foods such as milk and cheese can help the whiten the teeth. Like any living part of the body, the teeth are renewed by what we eat. Not only is cheese and milk free of excess sugar, but the calcium can be absorbed into the teeth making them stronger and appear whiter.
Small amounts of lemon juice or even vinegar can help dissolve those surface stains that food can leave behind. Adding a small amount to your toothbrush can really help remove stubborn stains, but you should use caution when utilizing them.
Lemon juice and vinegar are highly acidic, and used often enough can be as bad as the acid produced by the bacteria in the mouth and make the tooth worse.
Likewise, using bicarbonate of soda or baking powder can help dissolve stains. Unlike lemon juice, baking soda is alkali and can help fizz away stubborn stains. You can use a homemade solution of baking soda periodically, but this can also damage the teeth in the long run. There are specially formulated teeth whitening mouthwashes and toothpastes that have a safe amount of bicarbonate of soda which are a safer method of teeth whitening.
Peroxide solutions or carbamide solutions are bleaching agents that can not only lighten teeth, but also lighten skin. These agents are quite toxic, but are effective in whitening teeth. They are used in teeth whitening kits, and are even used by dentists for commercial whitening. You should ensure that you use any peroxide agent sparingly as it can irritate the gums.