August 29, 2013
Beauty trends come and go, but one look never goes out of style: dazzling white teeth. If your pearly whites have been looking more on the yellow side, you're not alone. Still, you don't have to go through an expensive professional whitening process to get them brighter. Follow these simple tips and you'll have a blinding smile in no time.
Essential tools and habits
No surprise here - brushing your teeth frequently with a whitening toothpaste is one of the easiest ways to brighten your teeth. Not all products are created equal, however. New York dentist Lee Gause told Allure magazine that it's best to look for solutions that come with silica, which can help to polish away stains. First thing in the morning, scrub on GOSMiLE AM Energy Toothpaste, which combines silica with cavity-fighting fluoride. As an added plus, natural lemon, lime, orange and peppermint extracts give you an added boost of energy before you start your day. Keep a toothbrush in your bag, office desk or even your car so you're always prepared just in case.
You probably already know that flossing is crucial. However, Gause noted that having healthy pink gums can also make your teeth appear even whiter in contrast.
Still, despite your good brushing and flossing habits, sometimes you need a little help. Gause suggested looking for a solution that you can take with you wherever you go for minor emergency situations, such as when you drink a glass of red wine. The ultra-convenient GoSMILE On-The-Go 7 day Kit contains tiny capsules that you can toss into your purse, and the results are comparable to what you'd get in a dentist chair.
Your ideal dental diet
Unfortunately, drinking coffee or dark colas can seriously hinder your whitening efforts, so it's best to avoid it as much as possible. Additionally, Gause explained that black tea, mustard, ketchup and hot cocoa are all major stain culprits.
What you nosh on can also affect the color of your teeth. Dentist Jonathan Levine, who has worked with Sarah Jessica Parker, told Woman's Day magazine that berries can cause considerable stains. Instead, he recommended munching on high-fiber foods like apples, carrots, celery, broccoli and lettuce, all of which act as an exfoliant on your teeth to buff off discoloration and reveal a whiter surface beneath. Gause agreed, explaining that these fruits and vegetables help to facilitate saliva production, which then dissolves stains.
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