5 Tips to Whiten Your Teeth

The first thing someone else notices on your face is often your smile. Sometimes brushing your teeth daily isn’t enough to do the trick. Here at Austin Smiles, we have a few other suggestions for you to brighten and whiten your teeth.

If you would like to have a brighter smile, here are five tips to help whiten your teeth.

Don’t Forget to Brush Your Tongue
When brushing your teeth, it’s vital that you don’t also forget to clean your tongue. Over time your tongue will gather bacteria that will lead to bad breath and a white-yellow color. Cultivating this type of environment on your tongue can easily affect your teeth.

A lot of toothbrushes currently have tongue scrapers on the opposite side of the bristles. If your toothbrush does not have this tool, consider using a soft toothbrush to scrape the bacteria off each morning lightly. Mouthwash is also another great way to clean your tongue of bacteria.

Consider Different Toothbrush Options
When a toothbrush has won bristles, it’s no longer useful in fighting off plaque and bacteria. Consider replacing your toothbrush every few months or when you see that your brush has worn down.

An electric toothbrush is also far more efficient than it’s standard counterpart. Consider making the change and only replacing the head of the brush every few months.

Rinse Your Mouth After Eating Citrus Foods
Any food type with a high level of acidity will have an adverse effect on your teeth if not properly taken care of afterward. Citrus fruits, in particular, are unfortunately effective at eroding the enamel on your teeth.

A method suggested to clean your mouth is to rinse with cold water. This way you’re not brushing the acid into your teeth and gums.

Use Whitening Strips
Some patients prefer to use an at-home treatment. Using whitening strips at home can bring your teeth up to about two to three shades. Some professionals recommend using them a few hours after brushing your teeth.

Be sure to ask your dentist about whitening products before use and stop immediately at any signs of gum irritation.

Use Apple Cider Vinegar to Gargle
After brushing your teeth consider using apple cider vinegar to help remove stains left behind by food, drinks, and bacteria. It is a natural solution to killing bacteria in your gums and mouth.

This vinegar is okay to swallow as well, and many take shots of apple cider vinegar for other health benefits.

Finding Your Shine
Do you have any other tips on how to brighten your teeth? People get creative with baking soda, and other home remedies to whiten their smile.

No matter what you decide to do, check with your dentist about teeth whitening before you start the process.