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How to Brighten Your Smile

A dazzling smile is the new anti-aging accessory. Whiter teeth will make you look instantly younger and healthier. Of course, there are the typical whitening methods: whitening toothpaste, mouthwash and expensive professional treatments. There are also simple everyday habits that can help brighten your smile. But it’s not necessary to spend hundreds of dollars at the dentist. Follow the five steps below to achieve an award-winning smile.

Dental Floss

Stains between teeth can ruin a lovely smile. Using dental floss is one of the easiest ways to get that gorgeous smile you always wanted. Flossing between your teeth every day helps to remove plaque and other food debris that can lead to tooth decay. Be sure to be gentle so as not to cut into your gums.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has revolutionized the way we brush our teeth. Combining it with baking soda and gently brushing will make your teeth pearly white. “Oil rinsing” is also a growing beauty and dental hygiene trend that can improve your smile and also help freshen your mouth and decrease the risk of gum disease. It’s recommended to swish for 10 minutes a day.

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Apples and strawberries are natural teeth whiteners. The acid found in strawberries has been found to naturally whiten teeth. Crunchy foods like apples and carrots gently lift stains. Cauliflower is also an excellent at removing surface stains from teeth and reducing plaque buildup. Rubbing these on your teeth for a few minutes before brushing will whiten your teeth over time.

Dark Chocolate

A nibble of dark chocolate not only elevates your mood, but studies suggest that cocoa beans actually protect teeth against bacteria. Feel free to indulge in a piece or two of quality dark chocolate. Just don’t go overboard since it has a high sugar content.

Apple Cider Vinegar

This naturally organic method can help you maintain a healthy smile. Simply combine two parts water to one part apple cider vinegar and swish for one minute.

Munch on calcium-rich foods

Milk, cheese and yogurt won’t whiten your teeth, but they will provide the calcium needed to protect and strengthen your teeth.

In addition, there are many over-the-counter whitening products such as gel strips and trays. Using these products is usually hit-or-miss, so don’t be afraid to shop around and try different brands. Just make sure that you follow the directions as close as possible and don’t discontinue them too soon. Teeth whitening takes time, so you probably won’t see any results for at least two weeks. And if all else fails, you can always speak to your dentist about professional whitening treatments and receive consultation on other remedies you can try to keep your teeth looking their best.