Your smile is often the first thing people notice about you. It’s always the first thing I notice about others and besides having a genuine one, it helps when it’s filled with pearly whites.
I have been whitening my teeth since I was about 16 (You can read all about what I currently use here) but there are a few steps I am cautious to take to ensure my teeth stay as white as possible without too much effort.
I thought therefore that it might be useful to put together a little list of the simple things I do to help keep my teeth as pearly white as possible between whitening treatments;
- Use the correct toothpaste! I can’t stress this enough. With so many brands to choose from, it’s imperative you are using one that is doing the job you want it to. I use Strong and Bright Enamel by Sensodyne Pronamel as it actively strengthens enamel, which means stronger, brighter and whiter teeth (vs. Pronamel Daily Protection) and polishes away surface stains. It’s also super minty leaving your mouth really fresh.
- Try to avoid many coloured foods and drinks that can stain your teeth. This one can be tough, especially if you’re a foodie like me, but foods like curries, beetroot and orangey soups as well as hot drinks like coffee and tea can colour your teeth so easily! I still eat and drink all of these, but in moderation to try and reduce the amount of colour my teeth are exposed to.
- Drink through a straw. This is a simple one to avoid changing up your habits too much. If you love fizzy drinks and acidic juices (that can weaken tooth enamel) try drinking them through a straw instead. This way the acid will have less contact with your teeth, so you can still enjoy the things you love – just remember, moderation is key!
- Brush after your main meals. I usually carry a toothbrush with me in my handbag and will brush my teeth after breakfast, lunch and supper. You do have to be careful that you don’t over brush as this can weaken enamel, especially if you have just had something acidic, so wait about 30 minutes after eating to help this. I also try to floss and use mouthwash once a day (usually in the evening) to make sure there is nothing trapped in my teeth that shouldn’t be there.
- Above all, it is so important to have regular check ups at the dentist. I love to get a professional clean and just check everything is doing what it should be.
We have just one set of teeth to last us through adulthood, I’d love to keep mine healthy for as long as possible. What do you do to keep yours strong and healthy?
You can pick up Sensodyne Pronamel Strong & Bright Enamel toothpaste here or at your local Boots.