A sure sign of good health and hygiene is a smile that reveals white teeth. Unfortunately, due to the unhealthy diet and lifestyle in Pakistan, dental problems are increasing daily. However, all hope is not lost, since there are a few ways in which white teeth and a bright smile can be achieved. Here are 9 ways to have white teeth.
Change Your Toothbrush
If you are still reading this, you are probably one of those who has used their toothbrush well beyond the 3 month limit. If the toothbrush is used for longer than two to three months, you are moving around bacteria in your mouth, transferring them from region to region. Furthermore, when the bristles become bent or brittle, they tend to scratch your gums, and don’t perform much cleaning where the teeth are concerned.
Try Oil Pulling
Oil pulling is a fairly unknown practice in Pakistan, which is surprising since it originates in India. It requires swishing oil around in the mouth in order to get rid of harmful bacteria. Not only does it help in teeth whitening, it also helps plaque from accumulating in them, it helps remove body toxins as well. Sunflower or sesame oil is commonly used, but coconut oil is a popular option, since it has a pleasant aftertaste and is very beneficial.
Apple Cider Vinegar Can Also Be Used
If oil pulling is not a pleasant experience, try doing it with apple cider vinegar instead. Apple cider vinegar is a popular natural disinfectant for the teeth and body. It includes acetic acid which effectively kills bacteria and whitens the teeth. However, if it seems too strong, try diluting it in water before putting it in the mouth. Furthermore, a paste made of apple cider vinegar and baking soda is also a good way to brush teeth with a toothpaste.
Use Baking Soda
Several new toothpastes are coming out with baking soda, and for good reason. Baking soda has natural whitening agents that help remove stains from the teeth. Furthermore, it creates an alkaline environment, preventing harmful bacteria to accumulate in the mouth. However, too much baking soda can cause irritation or sensitivity issues, which is why it is good to thoroughly rinse the mouth with water afterwards.
Avoid Excessive Caffeine
Those who take caffeine wouldn’t want to completely skip on it. However, avoiding an excessive intake may be extremely beneficial. This is because coffee, tea, and even chocolate can greatly stain the teeth. Furthermore, try having it close to the time when you think you might brush your teeth. This will prevent the drink or food from remaining in the mouth for long periods of time.
There have been various recipes involving strawberries and baking soda to be used on the teeth. However, it has more or less the same effect that any commercial toothpaste does. Therefore, the simpler and better thing to do is to include strawberries in your daily diet. It greatly helps with whitening teeth, and it is a fruit so it has additional benefits of its own.
It is always best to have an apple in its original form, rather than cutting it up before eating. Crunchy or firm foods have been known to clean the teeth as they are eaten. These include apples, celery, raw carrots etc. Furthermore, firm foods help make the teeth and jaw stronger. For this, it is important to chew food properly before swallowing.
Cut Down on Sugar
A small donut or chocolate is fine once in a while. However, having dessert, processed foods, and sugar in tea everyday is doing more harm than you think. A high sugar diet encourages the growth of Streptococcus mutans, the primary bacteria that causes plaque and gingivitis. Furthermore, excessive sugar is unhealthy for the body and energy levels as a whole.
Increase Calcium Intake
This one is a no-brainer. Since a baby is born, their first food is milk. This is because milk is the most important food in terms of calcium intake for strong bones and teeth. Furthermore, milk causes teeth to be healthier as well as whiter. Other forms of calcium are equally good, such as cheese, yogurt, and even broccoli for those who are lactose intolerant.
All in all, the tips to keep teeth healthy and white are simple home remedies that can be carried out in your daily lives. All it needs to become healthy is a slight lifestyle change, and you can really see a difference.