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10 Tips for Sparkling White Teeth

Dr. Ali Saeed Sethi

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Teeth can get stained as you age but some common foods, drinks and some mouthwashes may stain teeth. Adding a few good habits to your oral hygiene can help prevent some of the discoloration. According to dentists, use these tips  to restore your bright smile.

1- Change Your Toothbrush

Most people linger on to their toothbrush until it can’t be used anymore. Ideally, you should get a new toothbrush every two to three months to keep your teeth healthy as an old brush becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and you will be doing yourself a disfavor by using a worn out toothbrush.

The best way to brush your teeth is to keep your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against your gums and moving it gently in circular motions instead of moving it back and forth. Hold your toothbrush like a pencil to prevent yourself from scrubbing too hard.

2- Be Mindful Of What You Eat

It is difficult to keep your teeth white if you drink black tea and smoke cigarettes all day. Similarly, dark juices, gravies, and colas can darken your teeth. As a general rule of thumb, foods that are dark are likely to stain your teeth. However, we understand that it’s neither practical nor healthy to give up on all the foods with a rich pigment.

So, to keep your teeth white, always brush your teeth after consuming foods that stain teeth. You can also use a bleaching agent to keep your teeth white.

Moreover, you should eat more of the foods that clean your teeth., Crisp and firm foods such as apple, celery, raw carrots, and popcorn are good for your teeth. You can also eat one of the foods at the end of your meal if you know that you will not be able to brush your teeth anytime soon.

3- Try Oil Pulling

It is a traditional remedy that can remove toxins from the body and improve oral hygiene. It involves swishing oil around your mouth for 20 to 30 minutes to remove bacteria which turns into plaque and darkens your teeth. You can use any oil, but coconut oil, sunflower oil, and sesame oil are popular choices. Even though there are no scientific studies that show oil pulling whitens teeth, it is a safe practice and many people all over the world have reported positive results.

4- Brush Your Teeth With Baking Soda

You can use baking soda in place of your regular toothpaste once every week to remove stains. If you do not want to use baking soda, you can use salt. However, don’t swallow it once you are done as it will be full of bacteria!

5- Floss

Many people are apprehensive towards the concept of flossing as they fear it might lead to bleeding gums. But if done carefully and patiently it can help you maintain your dental health and in return helps avoid staining your teeth.

6- Chew Sesame seeds

Sesame seeds destroy plaque and help in building tooth enamel. They’re also rich in calcium, which helps preserve the bone around your teeth and gums. Sunflower seeds are a good source of fibre, protein and vitamin E. They also provide important minerals such as magnesium. Chewing sunflower seeds also prevent bad breath and eventually protect your teeth from staining.

7- Keep your brush at least 6 feet away from the toilet

It is strongly recommended that a tooth brush should be kept at least 6 feet away from the toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush. It helps in maintaining dental hygiene and avoids in causing any harm to your teeth.

8- Use sonic toothbrush

A sonic toothbrush will end up doing most of the work for you. With the manual toothbrush, people usually brush harder and end up hurting their teeth more. This actually leads to erosion in the gum area and can increase tooth wear. However, using a sonic toothbrush will help you avoid these problems and prove to be useful in keeping your teeth white.

9- Teeth whitening kits

Teeth whitening kits prove helpful in maintaining the whiteness of your teeth. Consult your dentist to know which brand is the safest and has no side effects.

10- Improve improper metabolism

Improper metabolism also leads to discolouring of your teeth. It must be taken care of by correcting your eating habits, exercising regularly and avoiding extreme stress.

If you think your teeth look dull and stained, you can consult your dentist to get them whitened. You can find and book an appointment with top Dentists in Lahore, Karachi, and Islamabad through oladoc.com. You can also call our helpline at 042-3890-0939 for assistance to find the RIGHT Doctor for your health concerns.

Disclaimer: The contents of this article are intended to raise awareness about common health issues and should not be viewed as sound medical advice for your specific condition. You should always consult with a licensed medical practitioner prior to following any suggestions outlined in this article or adopting any treatment protocol based on the contents of this article.

Dr. Ali Saeed Sethi - Author Dr. Ali Saeed Sethi is an endodontist (specialist dentist) based in Lahore. You may reach him out for a whole range of dental health issues and dental services. He has over 8 years of experience in his field and is providing his expert services at Dental Square, Thokar Niaz Baig, near EME Housing Society, Canal Bank Road, Lahore.

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