Monday, November 26, 2012

Give Your Best Accessory a Boost

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I’ve said time and time again that your smile is your best accessory. A nice smile can brighten up your face, it can make someone else feel better, and it repels negative energy...So it’s important to take care of that smile through proper oral hygiene.

Teeth whitening is more of a cosmetic issue than a dental issue, per say, but it’s something that I’ve recently become interested in doing since I stopped drinking coffee. I’m just now noticing how much my teeth have yellowed because of the coffee drinking, and now I’m looking for ways to whiten my teeth. I’ve learned that there quite a few options:

At-home teeth whitening kits - I’ve seen many TV commercials for these teeth whitening kits or whitening strips which can be bought at your local drug store. One caveat to using these kits is that you can experience sensitivity or pain in your teeth when you eat or drink. I don’t use any products with fluoride in it, so for me that may cut out the majority of at-home kits.

See your dentist - You can get teeth whitening done professionally through your dentist, which can cost quite a bit more than doing it on your own. The strength and concentration of the bleaching agent used by a dentist will be stronger and you may experience faster results. If you’re in the U.S., there are cosmetic dentists that specialize in teeth whitening. If you’re in the UK, there are clinics that also focus on teeth whitening in London.


Home remedies - Do a search online and you’ll come across many different home remedies for whitening your teeth naturally. One very easy and inexpensive way I came across for natural teeth whitening is to combine crushed strawberries with baking soda and spread the mixture on your teeth with a soft toothbrush.

Teeth whitening toothpaste - It costs a little more than regular toothpaste, and most articles I read said that it takes a few weeks to see any results. Also, just like anything else, any overuse can cause damage to tooth enamel. It’s nice to know that there are a few brands that do offer fluoride-free teeth whitening toothpaste such as Tom’s of Maine, Dr. Ken’s, and Burt’s Bees.

Which method of teeth whitening do you have experience with? Which one has worked for you?

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