In today’s image-conscious world, we Brits are spending more than ever before on looking and feeling our best. In fact, new research suggests that we spend more than £4,500 per year on health and beauty services such as haircuts, makeup, eyebrow threading and teeth whitening. If you’ve been following the fashion trends and want to keep your celebrity smile looking its best, then you need to take care of your teeth. Here are some of our top tips…
Avoid corrosive foods and drinks
Foods high in acidity can cause your teeth to lose their coating of enamel and lead to stains, sensitivity and even erosion, so you should cut them out as much as possible. Fizzy drinks such as cola and lemonade can be high in sugar and bad for your teeth, while fruit can also be bad for your teeth if eaten in high quantities without water to wash it down. Vinegar is another problematic food that you should avoid, with research suggesting that those who frequently ate foods containing vinegar had a 30%–85% increased risk of enamel erosion.
Visit your dentist regularly
On top of regular daily care, which includes brushing, flossing and using mouthwash, you can visit your dentist practice for regular check-ups and to give you peace of mind that your teeth are clean and healthy. Your dentist will also be able to polish away stains on the surface of your teeth – an effective, and safer, alternative to bleaching.
Start oil pulling
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year or two, you’ll have probably heard of the oil pulling trend. This technique can be used to improve your oral health and reduce the chances of stains and discolouration from foods and drinks. This folk remedy has taken off in recent years, with celebrities and fashion experts swearing by the use of oil to keep their teeth looking and feeling white and healthy. Simply place oil in your mouth (olive oil and coconut oil are the two most popular options), and then swish it around for around twenty minutes. The results include whiter teeth, tighter gums and better breath.
Try whitening toothpaste
Another way to reduce staining and keep your teeth looking bright is to try a whitening toothpaste. You can pick these up in most supermarkets for a couple of pounds, and they can keep your teeth looking their best. Some contain ingredients like bicarbonate of soda, which breaks down plaque and other stain-causing substances which can lie in the top layer of your teeth. However, if you have sensitive teeth and gums, this may not be an option for you. Shop around and see what’s on offer – you’ll soon find a toothpaste that works for you.
Keeping your teeth looking their best after having them whitened can be tough, but if you practice good oral hygiene and follow the tips that we have offered in this article, you’ll be able to keep your pearly whites looking good for as long as possible. Good luck!