White teeth are all the rage right now, desired by everyone from the average woman on the street to celebrities. They’re a symbol of health and self-care. But getting white teeth can be a challenge for several reasons. Chief among them is the fact that many people don’t have white teeth naturally. While some lucky souls have naturally white teeth, most people’s DNA primes them to create slightly off-white, yellowish teeth. Teeth may be perfectly clean, but they might not reach the standards of beauty that people want. Another reason is the long-term use of antibiotics. Many people use oxytetracyclines when they are growing up to fight acne, but these drugs can also have a long term effect on the teeth, making them appear overly pale and grey. So how can you get white teeth in two weeks or less? Let’s take a look at some of your options.
Chew On Crunchy Fruit And Vegetables
Dentists often say that people should avoid overeating fruit because of its acidity. But the truth is that people who subsist mainly on a diet of whole foods and eschew processed sugary products tend to have the best teeth. According to Healthline, there is evidence that crunchy fruits and veggies can help to sweep plaque away from the surface of teeth, creating a healthier, whiter smile in the process. Strawberries and pineapple are allegedly the best of the bunch.
Cut Out Drinks That Cause Teeth To Stain
Tannins in certain drinks, like wine, tea and coffee can cause teeth to stain and look yellow or brown, even if the teeth themselves are perfectly clean. Tannins have a habit of accumulating the cracks and crevices in your teeth and will stick to just about anything that isn’t perfectly smooth enamel. Brushing regularly helps to remove most tannins, but some can remain in difficult-to-reach areas on the surface of your teeth. The solution? Cut out wine and coffee, especially if you’ve just had brand new dental implants.
Use Hydrogen Peroxide-Containing Products
Hydrogen peroxide is a type of bleach that whitens teeth. Many dental practices use hydrogen peroxide in professional teeth whitening procedures. If you want to whiten your teeth using hydrogen peroxide, then your first port of call should be over-the-counter products. These are safe, in general, and use a small amount of the active chemical, which may be all you need. If that doesn’t work, then you may need to pay a trip to your local dental practice. In high concentrations, hydrogen peroxide can damage the gums, and so you need the help of a professional to apply it safely. Dentists use a special mouth guard to apply the bleach solution directly to the teeth, without coming into contact with the gums.
Try Oil Pulling
Finally, you might want to try oil pulling. This is a folk remedy where you swish oil around in your mouth to remove bacteria that could cause discolouration. Studies show that swishing daily with sesame oil can reduce the quantity of some dangerous types of bacteria in the mouth.