A smile is one of the first things you notice about somebody when you meet them. A great smile is an underlying indicator of health, success and sociability. While you might have a killer personality, nobody will give it a chance if they’re turned off by discolored, unsightly teeth the moment you open your mouth to say hello. Thankfully there are ways to naturally brighten your teeth that don’t require an expensive visit to the dentist.
Step 1: Floss
When the dentist asks you the last time you flossed, and you say “When you did it for me last year!” that’s a bad sign. Flossing is one of the most important ways to keep your teeth healthy yet less than half of Americans admit to doing it daily. When you floss you prevent plaque and tartar from building up and destroying your gums and teeth. Also you’ll prevent bad breath. Nobody wants to kiss someone and taste last night’s taco salad on their breath.
Step 2: Don’t Smoke!
You already know how bad smoking is for your overall health. It’s drilled into you daily, yet you might not realize how smoking just one or two cigarettes socially during the weekend is staining your teeth yellow with nicotine. Don’t do it!
Step 3: Watch your Coffee, Tea and Wine Intake
There’s nothing wrong with a glass of wine here and there, or your daily cup of coffee. But for those of us who can’t live without it, remember to always rinse your mouth afterwards to prevent darkening of those pearly whites.
Step 4: Avoid processed sugar
Sugar doesn’t inherently cause your teeth to rot, but the bacteria it encourages does. Always use a straw when you sip your soda so that it makes minimal contact with your teeth. Afterwards, remember to rinse your mouth with some water
Step 5: How to Actually Whiten Your Teeth!
Once you’ve followed all the above steps for quite some time you want to show off your progress to the world. Let’s whiten those teeth!
-Combine 1/2 Cup Hydrogen Peroxide with 1/2 Cup Water and swish around your mouth for 45 seconds. The Peroxide acts as a natural bleaching agent to dissolve those stains and keep your teeth super white.
-Mix 2 Tbsp of Baking Soda with 1 Tbsp Hydrogen Peroxide and apply to your toothbrush. Using a gentle circular motion, brush your teeth at a 45 degree angle to remove all that built-up grime and reveal your naturally beautiful smile!
That’s it! Follow the above steps and before you know it you’ll have a Hollywood smile!