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Taking Care of Your Teeth and Mouth Can Make Teeth Whitening Procedures Unnecessary

Updated on May 18, 2012

A Great Smile Really Brightens Your Look!

Title: Day 63 ~ License: Attribution License ~ Photographer: SuperFantastic
Title: Day 63 ~ License: Attribution License ~ Photographer: SuperFantastic

Great Teeth Whitening Habits Begin Early!

How much does it cost to have your teeth whitened?

These days, teeth whitening is all the rage and people are buying the notion right and left that they must visit their dentists several times a year and fork over big bucks (sometimes almost $700!) to have their teeth professionally whitened. While this can certainly be a valuable procedure, and visiting your dentist is a very good thing, it makes me wonder how people managed to have white teeth in the past without going to all this expense. The answer is, they took good care of their teeth!

White teeth and a nice smile can make all the difference in the world!

When you have a nice smile your confidence level is boosted, and you face challenges in a more definite manner. You are also treated differently when people notice your beautiful smile. There are a lot of good things that come from a good looking smile, and a good looking smile doesn't have to cost a fortune. Practicing good dental hygiene and taking good care of your health can go a long way toward helping you have a dazzling white smile.

Use common sense with food and drinks!

Choose healthful, natural whole foods, and avoid the types of foods and beverages that can stain your teeth, such as coffee, tea, chocolate. If you do partake of these, be sure to rinse out your mouth or ever brush your teeth afterward. Choosing pure water as your beverage of choice is always a good idea and will promote overall good health.

Make sure that you are eating healthily so that you get all of the vitamins and minerals your body needs. When you eat healthful foods (as opposed to sugar and chemical-laden junk) you help ensure that plaque doesn't build up on your teeth. This promotes overall good health for your body. Having clean, healthy teeth supports your whole body in staying healthy. Heart disease is often associated with poor dental hygiene, so you should be sure that your teeth are clean for appearances an practice good dental hygiene for overall health.

Add healthy dental hygiene habits to your daily routine!

If you aren't flossing already, begin now. Far too many people don't floss, and this hurts teeth whitening efforts and causes gingivitis (gum disease). When you floss, you remove food that may be stuck between your teeth and any excess plaque that can be a problem in that it causes dulling of the teeth and decay as well as bad breath.

Brush your teeth gently!

Brush two or three times daily with a soft bristle brush and a gentle, whitening toothpaste. Try to think of brushing each tooth individually rather than scrubbing away at them as a unit. Use a light but thorough touch to avoid damaging tooth enamel. Brushing too often or too hard can be very damaging to enamel and can open the door to discoloration and decay. Over brushing can also harm your gums and lead to poor overall dental hygiene. By practicing proper brushing techniques on a regular basis, you can keep your teeth clean, white and healthy.

Brush occasionally with baking soda, salt or peroxide. Do not do this every day. Once a week or so is plenty. These substances provide gentle scrubbing action that will help whiten and brighten your teeth. The coarse texture of salt and baking soda can also be stimulating to the gums if applied gently. Don't overdo it, though. Too much of a good thing can harm your teeth and your gums.

Remember to brush your tongue!

Brushing your tongue will remove food residue and help you have a clean mouth and fresh breath. It also stimulates your taste buds and the circulation in your tongue for better enjoyment of food and overall good health.

Never go to bed without brushing your teeth!

If you give food debris, plaque and bacteria a chance to do their dirty work in your mouth undisturbed for hours at a time, you can expect (and probably deserve) dingy, dark, unhealthy teeth! Always, always, always brush you teeth before retiring for the night.

Don’t smoke!

It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway! If you fill your mouth with acrid smoke all day every day, your teeth are going to look like the inside of fireplace! If you don’t smoke, don’t start. If you do smoke, make quitting your #1 goal for overall health and well-being , as well as attaining a white dazzling smile. Just think! If you don’t smoke, you’ll have a lot to smile about!

Don't use harsh mouthwash!

Mouthwash that kills every germ in your mouth is bad for your mouth, teeth and general health. It also makes your breath worse, not better! There are friendly flora that live in your mouth and help keep your teeth, tongue, gums and whole body healthy. Excessively strong mouthwash kills these little benefactors.

Use a mouthwash that is alcohol free or make your own mouthwash with pure water and a few drops of peppermint, spearmint, tea tree or other tasty essential oil. Boil a cup of water and add 8 drops of oil while it's still hot. Let it cool, and you have mouthwash! Soon, the biological balance of your mouth will correct itself, and you may find that you don't need mouthwash at all!

Your dentist is your friend!

Visit your dentist regularly to stay on top of the overall health of your teeth. Your dentist can also give you professional advice about how you can improve your teeth and make them whiter and brighter. If you have truly stubborn stains and discoloration on your teeth, you may actually need a teeth whitening process; however, taking good care of your teeth, mouth and gums to begin with will go a long way toward giving you a dazzling white smile.



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    • fjohn profile image

      fjohn 5 years ago from india

      great hub

      its a very unique topic and you well described. keep it up.

    • SallyTX profile image

      Sally Branche 5 years ago from Only In Texas!

      Thanks, Dolphan! Good point about tooth color! ;D

    • Dolphan5 profile image

      Dolphan5 5 years ago from Warwick R.I

      Hello Sally,

      Very good topic! All your points were well written and so true.We live in a world where everyone wants everything instantly, with little or no effort. Thanks for reminding us that with a little effort on a regular basis we can do wonders. I also wanted to point out that an artcle I read not long ago at my doctors office stated that Teeth are not supposed to be bright white. They are more of a natural bone color. Just keeping them fresh and clean is most likely the best thing as opposed to bleaching them,