by Amy Gordon
(last updated April 27, 2015)
Is there any person in the whole world who does not want a dazzling and flashy smile? A set of clean white teeth does not only add to the beauty of your appearance, it also boosts your confidence. Above all, white teeth are an outward symbol of good hygiene. While clean and problem-free teeth are everybody's dream, it is not always possible to protect your teeth from tooth decay, stains and plaques.
Regular brushing cannot entirely remove plaque and tartar, and it is not possible to get your teeth cleaned by the dentist daily. You still don't have to walk around with ugly stains on your teeth. Here are some really easy tips for getting rid of these ugly irritants.
Brushing cannot completely wipe stains and plaques from you teeth, but regular, proper brushing will definitely keep them at the minimum.
First of all, brush your teeth at least twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, which works against tooth decay. If you are brushing with a traditional toothbrush, use one with a small head and soft bristles. Evidence shows that electric toothbrushes are generally more effective in removing plaque than manual brushes, so you may want to invest in one. Make sure not to rinse your mouth out immediately after brushing, since fluoride needs to stay in contact with your teeth to build up your tooth enamel, which protects from stains.
Contrary to what the name suggests, whitening toothpastes are not meant to increase the whiteness of your tooth. They actually work by removing the stains from your tooth so that the underlying whiteness shows through. Whitening toothpastes contain special chemical ingredients that dissolve the sticky protein and acidic layers on teeth deposited by coffee, tea, tobacco, wine, and other foods.
Some whitening toothpaste brands contain harsh abrasives that can, in the long term, rob your teeth of their essential enamel coating.
The difference between tooth bleach and whitening toothpaste is that while toothpastes remove stains to reveal the underlying whiteness of your teeth, bleaches remove stains and actually make your teeth whiter. Bleaching is a cosmetic treatment that can easily produce a stain-free smile.
Bleaching is not meant for those people with sensitive teeth or damaged gums. Bleach can cause extreme pain if applied on sensitive teeth or diseased gums.
There are some materials available in every household that effectively fight against the problems of tooth staining. Salt, baking soda, and lemon juice are just a few of the resources you have around your house that can help to scrub the stains off of your teeth.
As said earlier, regular brushing and flossing cannot remove all the stains caused by everyday food and drink. These stains can build up and harden, causing tartar. Once tartar has built up on your teeth, you must visit a dentist or oral hygienist. Oral hygienists use a special scaling instrument to remove stains from teeth. They also polish your teeth with a rotating brush and abrasive paste to achieve maximum whiteness.
In fact, many dental offices now offer several types of professional whitening services. It is not unusual, after a good teeth cleaning, to have your dentist also apply a whitening agent to your teeth. Since there are many different types of treatments, you should consult with your dentist to see which one is right for you.
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