Bright Smile: 5 Tips to Keep Your Teeth Looking Good

Be diligent about dental hygiene.

There are so many reasons to smile on any given day. Here are some tips to help you keep your teeth white—most of these are simple and easy. I hope they’ll help you start smiling confidently and show the world your beautiful, white teeth.

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Why Should You Smile?

Have you ever heard someone say “So and so can light up the room with his/her smile”? Well there’s a reason for that saying. It’s been said that a smile is an important human gesture because it can lift your mood, the moods of others, and bring a feeling of positivity. A smile is often one of the first features we notice, and keeping your teeth white is a significant part of smiling confidently.

A smile can also help you de-stress because it signals to your brain that you’re in a good mood (even if you’re not). Another good reason to smile is because it leads to laughter, and who doesn’t feel good after a good laugh?
Now that you know the reasons to smile, let’s talk about how to put your best smile forward by keeping your teeth healthy and white!

How to Keep Your Teeth White

There are professional ways to get whiter teeth, but you can always incorporate a few simple steps into your daily routine to help keep your teeth white. I’m talking about prevention today; if you take good care of your pearly whites, you may not even need to take professional measures.

Be Diligent About Dental Hygiene

Most dentists recommend brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing them on a daily basis. Not only will this be good for the health of your teeth, but it can also help keep your teeth white by removing buildup.

Avoid Beverages that Cause Stains

Rule of thumb for this tip: if it can stain a white cotton t-shirt, it can stain your teeth. Some of the common culprits in this category are coffee, tea, red wine, dark sodas and fruit juices. I’m not saying to cut these beverages out altogether, but be mindful about how much you consume to keep your teeth white.

Don’t Light Up

In addition to causing many other health concerns, smoking can also cause discoloration of your teeth. Some of the ingredients in cigarettes, such as nicotine and tar, have been known to cause brown tooth stains. Smokers also often have lowered saliva flow to the mouth, and saliva acts as a natural cleanser of teeth.

Rinse After You Eat

Eat your fruits and veggies, and then rinse your mouth with water when you’re done. Dark colored fruits and vegetables have exceptional nutrition benefits, but can also stain your teeth. So, make sure you eat foods like blueberries and beets, but just rinse your mouth afterwards to help prevent tooth stains.

Choose the Right Lip Color

This tip is for the ladies. Getting whiter teeth can be as simple as choosing the right lip color. Pick a color with blue undertones, as these shades will counteract against any yellow shades found on your teeth. These shades include rich reds, berry colors, pinks with a cool tint, or nude colors. Avoid lip shades that are bright orange or reds with warm undertones, as they can accentuate tooth stains.

Written by beauty expert, Jacquie Carter. Jacquie is Director of Outer Nutrition at Herbalife. 

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