Let’s begin will dispelling the fallacy that teeth are pure white. Pure white teeth are not natural and the best way to tell what colour your teeth should be is to look at a child’s teeth. If they are eating correctly then their tooth colour is the perfectly natural colour that our teeth should be. A tooth has a similar makeup to ivory and as you know ivory is not pure white either.
The following table shows the health concerns based on commonly used whitening product.
Stained or yellow teeth can be caused by what we eat and drinking as well as poor dental hygiene. Removing stains as opposed to whitening through bleaching is best for your teeth. Bleaching your teeth might give you sparkling white teeth for a few months or years but could cause you a life time of teeth problems afterwards. Keep your teeth clean and remove stains but don’t go for the pure white, unnatural look as that is a sure sign that problems will follow later on in life.
Nature’s Way Alternatives
1. Eat Your Teeth Clean
The most natural way to keep your teeth free from stains is to eat vegetables such as celery, carrots, broccoli and cucumbers. These vegetables are naturally abrasive and have the same effect as brushing and whitening your teeth without any harmful consequences.
2. Brush with Bicarbonate of Soda
This remains the most effective, safe and natural whitening method. Many harmful whitening toothpastes contain Bicarbonate of Soda as their main whitening ingredient. Why not skip all the added dangerous ingredients and only use Bicarbonate of Soda.
3. Clean with a Microfiber Cloth
Try rubbing your teeth with a microfiber cloth when your teeth start looking a little dull. You might just see the dirt rub off onto the cloth which means the discolouration was merely stains from coffee, tea or wine.
4. Rinse after Drinking
A fantastic way to avoid staining is to rinse your mouth with water immediately after drinking tea, coffee, cola or wine. Of course brushing is best but simply rinsing will remove most of the tea, coffee, cola or wine that is known to stain teeth.
• Whiter, cleaner teeth
• Enhanced oral hygiene
• Save money
• Avoid using fruits such as lemons and strawberries regularly for whitening. If you want the natural whitening effect of lemons and strawberries just eat them normally, don’t rub them onto your teeth or leave their juice on your teeth for a long period of time. Although you will see instant whitening results, the acid will strip away the tooth enamel until it is damaged beyond repair. If you choose to use fruits for whitening brush your teeth afterwards and rinse you mouth well.
• Some people use Peroxide as a whitener. This is a common ingredient in tooth whiteners and it will whiten your teeth but bleaching molecules can get trapped in nerve passageways which can cause increased tooth sensitivity. If you chose to use peroxide don’t leave it on your teeth for too long.
NATURE’S WAY WHITENING
Celery, carrots, broccoli and cucumbers
Eat one or more of these vegetables every day and enjoy perfect colour teeth.
For added whiteness continue brushing with Bicarbonate of Soda.
Now it's your turn.
Over the next few weeks try using Nature's Way whitening instead of your shop whitening products and let us know the results by posting your findings in the comment box below. If you have any other tips or suggestions for a mouthwash please let us know.
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