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How to Make Teeth Whiter With a Whitening Toothpaste
Could your smile be brighter? Find out how to make teeth whiter by simply adding some brightening power to your regular oral care routine. The easiest ways to brighten your teeth is to floss daily, see your dentist regularly and brush with a whitening toothpaste. The use of a whitening toothpaste like Colgate® Optic White® can help to remove mild surface stains that stem from things like coffee, tea and dark colored foods.
What a Whitening Toothpaste Can Do
Brushing with a normal toothpaste can help keep your teeth clean and white; all toothpastes have mild whitening benefits. Abrasive action and polishing from brushing, along with what your dentist or dental hygienist does to your teeth during a professional cleaning, are effective methods for removing some external stains. A whitening toothpaste contains additional chemical or polishing agents to help make teeth whiter. Brush twice daily with a whitening toothpaste that also helps to fight cavities and reduces plaque, and you'll not only be whitening your teeth but also practicing good dental care.
Tips for a Brighter Routine
Learn how to make teeth whiter with a few other dental care techniques. You can use a toothbrush like Colgate® 360 Optic White® for that extra special polishing action. With soft rubber cups to hold the whitening toothpaste and polishing bristles for more effective stain removal, you can easily take the brightening regimen to the next level.
See your dentist every six months. Regular cleanings help to remove discoloration of the teeth due to external staining factors. To prevent stains from returning, try cutting back on some of the common causes of tooth discoloration, like red wine, coffee, tea and tobacco. If giving up coffee sounds unbearable, simply rinsing your mouth out with water after drinking your morning cup can help reduce yellowing of the teeth.
Brushing with a whitening toothpaste will not transform your smile overnight. It can take weeks to get the look you want. If you want to try other options like in-office bleaching or whitening gels for more dramatic results, then make an appointment with your dentist to talk about what tooth whitening treatments are right for your smile.
Learn more about the benefits of whitening in the Colgate Oral Care resources.