What do movie stars, media persons, television actors and other celebrities have in common? No, it’s not fair skin or the perfect figure. It’s well aligned, peculiarly sharp white teeth. They have no stains, no discolouration and no kind of deformities. So how is it that they have the perfect smile? You’re about to find out.
In the last few years, there has been a sudden surge in teeth whitening toothpastes, whitening treatments and over-the-counter bleaching kits. Some might even say that after fair skin, Indians are now obsessed with white teeth. Market researchers believe that this obsession isn’t a result of health concerns but of prejudiced ones. Why prejudiced? Because white teeth don’t always imply, clean, stain-free and healthy teeth. In some cases they’re just startlingly white (bordering on glow-in-the-dark) and make for a pleasant view.
How to get pearly whites at home
There are a number of effective treatments in the market but they’re not exactly easy on the pocket or worth the pain. If you’re seeking more traditional ways of going a shade lighter then we’ve got you some solid advice.
Baking soda – Mix very little baking soda with water and pour it over your tooth brush before you start brushing. Or apply it using your finger tips and leave it on for about 1 minute. Baking soda can work wonders for your teeth but be sure to use it sparingly or it can erode the enamel.
Fruit Peel – Rub your teeth with the inside of a banana peel or orange peel. The peel is rich in magnesium, manganese and potassium which recharges the enamel. Brush your teeth a few minutes later and use the peel at least twice a week.
Eat your way to white teeth – Include a lot of crunchy vegetables like apples, carrots and celery in your diet. They’re sharp and abrasive which means they’ll rub against the surface of your teeth without harming the enamel. Also consume a lot of milk and milk based products as they increase pH levels and re-minelarize the teeth enamel, leaving behind a stunning shine.
Apple cider vinegar – Give your teeth a nice rub with apple cider vinegar, rinse off thoroughly and repeat for a few days to get that sparkling white smile.
Brushing and flossing – According to Dr. M S Sidhu, “Brush your teeth twice a day for about 2 minutes each. Ensure your brush has soft/medium bristles that don’t damage the gum. A lot of Indians don’t take flossing too seriously but its time they did. Flossing can improve all stains overtime, especially the ones between your teeth.”