Authored by Ceetee Sheckels in Dentistry
Published on 10-20-2009
Many American adults do not like the condition of their teeth. However, before you spend a large sum of money on a product you see advertised, there are some steps which you should take first. It could save you a considerable amount of money, and you will be more likely to be satisified with the results.
If you want white teeth, assessing your lifestyle should be your first step. While very few people have teeth that are as pure white as those which you see in advertisements, there are dietary factors which often contribute to teeth looking less than their best. Reducing or eliminating coffee, tea, and the use of tobacco products can go a long way in brightening stained, discolored teeth. While smoking ruins the appearance of the teeth, so does the use of chewing tobacco. If you want whiter teeth, now is the time to give up the habit.
Your next step should be to visit your dentist. Teeth can begin to lose their whiteness due to the normal aging process, or from not taking good enough care of the teeth. Your dentist may recommend a professional cleaning to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. When your teeth are sparkling clean and free of this unhealthy residue, they will also be much whiter. As there are a number of different medications which can affect the color of the teeth, your dentist will also be able to determine if you are taking something which may be causing your teeth to lose their whiteness.
There are some easy methods which can help you to get whiter teeth. They are inexpensive, and they are safe. You may wish to begin brushing your teeth with baking soda. Not only will this habit help to promote whiter teeth, it is healthy for the teeth and gums as well. You can also switch to a different type of toothpaste. A toothpaste which contains baking soda or peroxide can be very beneficial in making your teeth whiter. If you decide to try one of these toothpastes, it is important to carefully read the instructions. While they are healthy and safe when used according to directions, they are not generally recommended for children.
There are quite a few different products on the market for whitening teeth. Some of these can be found on the internet. However, if you are thinking about purchasing one of these products, it is a good idea to check with your dentist beforehand. You do not want to waste money on a product that does not work; nor do you want to buy something which could actually damage your teeth. If you have already tried all of the methods mentioned above, and still do not think your teeth are white enough, your dentist is the best person to advise you about which of these products are safe and effective.
White teeth are not only more attractive, they are a sign of vibrant, good health. When you take the steps necessary to improve the condition of your teeth, you will not only look better but you will feel better, too.