If you're like most people, you're always looking for new, effective, and easy ways to keep your teeth white and bright between professional dental visits. Here are three things you can implement to make it happen:
Make Your Own Mouthwash
A great way to keep your smile bright and white between dental visits is to make your own whitening mouthwash to use on a regular basis. It's easy to make and holds up well in the fridge between uses – you should only have to make a batch once a week or so. The hydrogen peroxide and baking soda will whiten your teeth, while the peppermint essential oil works to kill anaerobic bacteria, which is known to cause gum disease. Here is what you'll need to make a batch:
- 1 reusable bottle with lid or mason jar
- 1 cup fresh water
- 3 tbsp hydrogen peroxide
- 1 tbsp baking soda
- 20 drops peppermint essential oil
Put all the ingredients in your bottle or mason jar, close the lid, and shake the container a few times to thoroughly mix all of the ingredients together. Use as you would commercial mouthwash, but keep it in the fridge between uses.
Focus on Water Consumption
Drinking plenty of water throughout the day is an effective way to keep your teeth clean and free of stains. Make sure that you have some water available to drink before and after your meals and snacks throughout the day so you can rinse away food particles and get rid of staining substances, such as coffee, after consumption. Put a water bottle in the freezer each night and then carry it around with you during the next day, so you always have something fresh to rinse your mouth with after a meal, a snack, a cup of coffee, or even after chewing a piece of gum.
Brush with Activated Charcoal
Brushing your teeth with activated charcoal a couple of times a week is an excellent way to keep your teeth white and bright between dental visits. The charcoal absorbs plaque and other particles that causes staining, and it also helps regulate the mouth's PH balance which helps to prevent cavities. Just dip your damp toothbrush into a little activated charcoal and brush your teeth as you normally would with commercial toothpaste.
It's important to note that activated charcoal can stain your clothes, flooring, and countertops so be careful when using it. You can improve the flavor of your activated charcoal toothpaste by mixing it with a little orange or cinnamon essential oil before use.
These tips and tricks should make it easy to keep your teeth white and your smile bright between visits to your dentist. Click here for more information.