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Best Home Teeth Whitening Methods
The best home teeth whitening methods may be as easy as changing a few habits. The best methods are cost-efficient, painless, effective and easy to do at home.
Practicing Good Oral Hygiene
Having good oral hygiene can help to make and keep your teeth whiter while preventing cavities. First, you must brush your teeth at least twice a day. A toothpaste with fluoride is best unless your dentist specifies otherwise. Make sure to replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months or sooner if the bristles become frayed. You should floss once per day as well.
Foods That Stain
You should limit your intake of foods and beverages that are known to cause discoloration, such as wine, soda, tea, coffee, acidic drinks and berries. Another culprit — and a favorite food of many families — is tomato sauce of any kind, including pizza and spaghetti sauce.
Avoiding Tobacco Use
If you smoke or use smokeless tobacco, you should consider options to help you quit because tobacco stains your pearly whites and poses serious risks to the overall health of your body. Smokeless tobacco products, such as chewing or dipping tobacco, will stain your teeth even more because they come into physical contact with them. Moreover, smokeless tobacco can cause oral, esophageal and pancreatic cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. Additionally, the American Cancer Society cites studies indicating that smoking tobacco can lead to lung cancer and other major health disorders.
Routine Dental Checkups
You should see your dentist every 6 months for a regular dental exam and a preventive cleaning appointment. This will help keep your mouth healthy, and the removal of plaque and other staining substances during the cleaning will also make your teeth look whiter.
Baking soda is one of the most commonly used at-home teeth whitening methods. It is probably one of the best home teeth whitening methods for its effectiveness. Colgate offers several products with baking soda that will help make your smile whiter, such as Colgate Baking Soda & Peroxide Whitening Oxygen Bubbles Brisk Mint® Paste.
The best home teeth whitening methods are natural solutions for preventing tooth discoloration in addition to treatments recommended by dental professionals.
Learn more about tooth whitening in the Colgate Oral Care resources.