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How To Make Teeth Whiter

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Medically Reviewed By Colgate Global Scientific Communications

Could your smile be brighter? Find out how to turn your smile from drab to dazzling, just by adding some brightening power to your regular oral care routine.

The easiest ways to brighten your teeth are to floss daily, see your dentist regularly and brush with a whitening toothpaste. The use of a whitening toothpaste like Colgate® Visible White O2 can help to remove mild surface stains that stem from the delicious but discoloring things we consume every day, like coffee, tea and dark colored foods.

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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 a professional dentist 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.

4 tips for a brighter routine

  • You can use a toothbrush like Colgate® 360 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 will turn you into bleary-eyed zombie, simply rinsing your mouth out with water after drinking your morning cup can help reduce yellowing of the teeth.

Dazzling dental help

If you want to try other options like in-office bleaching or whitening gels for more dramatic results, make an appointment with your dentist. They’ll talk you through the whitening treatments that are right for your smile.

Original content by Brenna Stone