You don’t have to make a special trip to the dentist’s office or subject yourself to tooth sensitivity to brighten your smile. Try these do-it-yourself whitening tips instead to ensure your teeth are holiday party ready.
1. Follow the White-Shirt Rule
Memorize this mantra: Anything that stains a white shirt will stain your teeth. If you love soda, juice or smoothies (and who doesn’t?) use a straw when you drink them. If you’re drinking coffee or eating foods with colourful ingredients like curry powder, soy sauce, dark berries or beetroot, pair them with a glass of water. By swishing the water around your mouth, you’ll prevent the color from staining.
For an even brighter smile, use a whitening toothpaste. If your teeth are sensitive, traditional whitening toothpastes might cause pain. Try Crest 3D White Luxe Sensitivity, which is specially formulated to prevent sensitivity and polish and lift away surface stains.
2. Don’t Forget to Floss
Brushing only cleans 70 percent of your teeth’s surfaces, so flossing is a no-brainer. Try Oral-B Glide Pro-Health Comfort Plus floss, which slides up to 50 percent more easily into tight spaces* to remove plaque that may dull your smile.
3. Rock a Red Lip
Red lipstick with blue undertones is not only fabulous for the holiday season, but it also instantly amps up your grin. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not the red itself that gives you that white smile but the blue undertones it contains, which minimizes yellow tinges.
4. Say Cheese
After eating a meal, have a cube of cheese. It’s brilliant at neutralizing the acid in your mouth and keeping your enamel healthy – and the less damage to your enamel, the less discoloration! As an added bonus, cheese is high in calcium, which is vital for strong teeth and bones.
5. Watch the Bubbles
For white teeth, skip carbonated beverages whenever possible – the bubbles in fizzy drinks can erode enamel and harm teeth. If you don’t want to give up the fizz, don’t forget the straw!
6. Snack Smart
Next time you’re craving something sweet, reach for strawberries. They contain malic acid, an enzyme that encourages saliva production, so you naturally rinse your teeth clean as you eat. Not a strawberry lover? The abrasive texture of nuts and seeds also works to remove surface stains, working as a natural exfoliator for your teeth.
7. Power up Your Tools
Don’t underestimate the importance of the basics. For maximum whiteness, choose an electric toothbrush over a manual one. The Oral-B Pro 5000 Professional Care Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush removes up to 99.7 percent of plaque in hard-to-reach areas, leaving your teeth clean and sparkling.
8. Try Whitening Strips
To get vividly white teeth, sometimes you have to pull out all the stops. Try Crest 3D White Luxe whitening strips for a truly dazzling smile. These enamel-safe strips have a no-slip grip, so you can talk and drink water while whitening your teeth.
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What’s your top teeth-whitening tip? Share your tricks below for achieving a happy, healthy smile.