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Oral Hygiene Home Hacks: Tips for a Brighter Smile

May 20, 2024 9:00 am

Perfectly white, bright teeth are all the rage these days, and for good reason. A dazzling smile can boost your confidence and even help you get ahead at work. While drugstores offer plenty of options for a brighter smile, many aren’t all-natural. Here’s our take on some popular home hacks for a brighter smile.

Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide

Mixing a small amount of baking soda with hydrogen peroxide to form a paste can act as a gentle abrasive to help remove surface stains on teeth. However, baking soda should be used in moderation because it can be abrasive to your teeth, potentially wearing down enamel with frequent use. Limit this method to once or twice a week, and always rinse thoroughly. A safer alternative is to use a baking soda-based toothpaste, like Arm & Hammer, which is formulated to be gentler on your enamel. Hydrogen peroxide can cause gum irritation if used too often or in high concentrations, so it’s best to consult your dentist before trying this method.

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

Mix a solution of two parts water to one part apple cider vinegar for a simple whitening rinse. However, you must wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth afterward. Apple cider vinegar is highly acidic and can weaken enamel. Brushing too soon after rinsing can cause you to wear away your enamel over time, leading to darker teeth.

Avoid Staining Foods and Beverages

Certain foods and beverages like coffee, tea, red wine, and berries are notorious for staining teeth. To minimize staining:

  • Drink coffee, tea, and wine through a straw to reduce contact with your teeth.
  • Rinse your mouth with water after consuming staining foods or drinks.
  • Brush your teeth after eating or drinking anything that could cause stains.
  • Try to limit your intake of these items, especially if you are undergoing whitening treatments.

Maintaining Good Oral Hygiene

Sometimes, the best hacks are just good habits. Maintaining a solid oral hygiene routine of brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash can keep your smile bright by removing surface stains before they set in. Additionally, enjoy more crunchy fruits and vegetables, such as apples and carrots, which help scrub your teeth clean as you eat. Also, regular professional cleanings can often eliminate stains that you can’t remove at home.

Professional Teeth Whitening in Hot Springs Village, AR

We always recommend talking with Dr. Lefler or Dr. Goodman before trying any at-home whitening treatments, whether they are home hacks or over-the-counter solutions. If you prefer professional whitening in less time, call Lefler Dental today to schedule your appointment!

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