Please note that this post is sponsored by Metro Decatur Dental Group PC, but all opinions are my own.
One question that I get asked very often from my friends is how I keep these pearly white teeth so bright. My teeth are a feature that I pride myself on and I’ve got some go to tips and tricks below that I’m sharing so that you can also fell good about your gorgeous smile!
- Whitening Strips – I know this may be an obvious one, but I am going to share my holy grail brand with you. This one may be a big shocker, but Walmart’s Equate brand Ultra-White Teeth Whitening Strips is the winner. This product comes with 12 packs and I use 1 pack about once every 2 weeks, so they last awhile. The 12 pack is only $16, so this one is a steal if you ask me. I leave the strips on for 30 minutes while I do chores or hair/makeup and then brush my teeth immediately after I take them off. Then BAM you have a beautiful white smile! You can also see a professional for whitening, which can be especially helpful if you are new to whitening. Keep reading for a great place that I recommend!
2. Regular Trips to the Dentist – This one may seem like a no brainier, but you’d be surprised at how many people put off their bi annual dental visit. If you are fortunate enough to have dental insurance, your insurance should cover a teeth cleaning and checkup every 6 months, so you would ideally go to the dentist twice within one year. Most dental insurance plans also cover having dental x rays taken once a year, so this will be done at one of your visits within the year. Having a dental hygienist clean your teeth during both of your appointments is another great way to keep up your bright smile. The hygienist uses different dental tools to remove plaque build up on and around your teeth. Plaque is debris leftover from food and tends to have a yellow/beige tone, so when it is removed, a more beautiful whiter smile is revealed. The dental checkup section of the appointment is also important to ensure the health of your teeth and mouth, so that you can have a beautiful smile for years to come! Many may not know this, but cancers of the mouth and throat area can actually be easily discovered by your dentist during the checkup. If you see your dentist every 6 months as advised, these cancers can be caught early and treated before they become a more serious problem. If you are in the Atlanta area and looking for a dentist, Metro Decatur Dental Group PC would be happy to serve you. They offer services for teeth cleaning and checkups, braces & Invisalign, dental implants & dentures, as well as professional teeth whitening in Decatur,
3. Drinking Coffee Through a Straw – I know this sounds like a weird one, but work with me here! Coffee and red wine are both known to stain your teeth and tinge them that yellow color that you want to avoid. Like many of you, I have one cup of coffee almost every day and that amount of coffee really adds up over time. If I go out to Starbucks or another place to buy coffee, I typically get something that is iced, so the coffee already comes with a straw. However, if I drink coffee at home, which I do most days, then I am typically making a hot coffee from my Keurig. Last year I invested in some reusable metal straws and I use those when I am drinking hot coffee to avoid the teeth stains. Just make sure to wait a couple of minutes after making the coffee to start drinking so that the metal doesn’t get too hot. These metal straws are a very cheap way to keep your teeth white!
4. Brushing with a Charcoal Toothpaste – You’re probably thinking that this sounds gross, but I promise that it helps! Charcoal toothpaste is indeed black like a chunk of charcoal, so it does look strange brushing your teeth with it, but it has detoxifying properties and is able to help remove surface stains on your teeth. Charcoal is mildly abrasive, which is why it works on surface stains, but it does not work for deep yellow stains that have formed over time. If you have deeper stains, you will definitely want to see a professional before trying these other tips. If you are someone who has had braces and you have stains that remain from where the braces were, you will definitely want to see a professional for your first time whitening because the braces stains are deeper and built up over time.
Please feel free to reach out to me on here or Instagram if you have any other questions about how I take care of my teeth! It sounds silly, but it really is a topic that I’m passionate about because how you feel about your smile can really change your confidence level.
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