They say the best thing you can wear is a smile. However, if you’re one of the many people in Australia that feel a little self-conscious of their less-than-pearly whites, a smile might be something that makes you feel a little nervous.
The natural colour of teeth ranges from white to yellow and every shade in between, and the colour of teeth can change as we age. While many dentists and clinics offer whitening products, some can cause sensitivity and even damage the delicate enamel of your teeth.
A few facts about teeth whitening
According to Choice, tea, coffee, red wine, cola and smoking can all stain your teeth. Teeth shouldn’t be whiter than the whites of your eyes, and bleaching will not whiten caps, crowns or fillings.
However, there are some natural ways you can eat your way to whiter teeth.
Yoghurt is rich in calcium which can keep your teeth looking healthy and bright, its also ruch in phosphorus, a mineral found in yoghurt, which can help to keep your enamel healthy, which will help keep your teeth looking whiter.
The crunchy natures of apples act as a natural abrasive that can scrub away teeth-dulling plaque.
The action of chewing raw carrots has a similar effect on your teeth as apples and will help scrub your teeth of plaque. Teeth with more plaque are more likely to develop stains.
Munching on some broccoli will increase your fibre intake which can help reduce inflammation in the mouth, while the iron in broccoli provides a wall of protection around your teeth enamel which can help prevent stains and cavities.
Strawberries contain an enzyme called malic acid which is a natural astringent that can remove surface discolouration.
6. Baking Soda
Although you can’t exactly eat baking soda, brushing your teeth with toothpaste mixed with baking soda every now and again can remove plaque and brighten teeth. However, don’t use this method too often as it can be abrasive on the enamel.
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