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5 Less Common Ways to Clean Your Teeth and Improve Your Smile

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Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you when you walk into a room. A natural smile will show off your pearly whites. The condition of your teeth will affect how people view you. If your teeth are not very white or in poor condition, there are some things you can do to improve your smile. You should first schedule routine cleanings with your dentist and make sure you’re brushing and flossing daily for good oral hygiene.

There are also whitening products you can purchase over-the-counter that claim to get your teeth to the whitest white. But aside from these products, there are less common, but healthier, things you can do to clean your teeth and improve your smile.

These methods may seem unusual for whitening teeth, but they can be effective. Of course, no method can replace regular dental appointments and routine care. If you have cavities or plaque buildup, you’ll need to schedule dental work. But once your teeth are in good shape, you can maintain a clean and healthy smile using these five tips. 

Eat More Fruit and Vegetables

A healthy diet is essential for good health in general. But who knew fruits and vegetables also contribute to good dental health? Biting into certain fruits and veggies can even clean your teeth for you! The texture provides the right amount of friction to naturally clean your teeth. One extremely effective teeth cleaning vegetable is celery. Raw carrots are also good for your teeth as they have a dense texture that cleans as you bite into them.

You may have used an apple as a child to pull a loose tooth. But biting into an apple can also be used to clean your teeth after a meal. Aside from cleaning, apples are also known to help decrease bacteria in the saliva. But you should keep in mind that apples are very acidic, which may be counterintuitive if you eat them too often. Other raw fruits and vegetables that naturally clean your teeth are: 

  • Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Pears
  • Cucumbers
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Broccoli

Fruit and vegetables not only clean your teeth as you eat them, but they improve your overall oral health. Most of these healthy items include antioxidants, vitamin C, and other nutrients that promote healthy teeth and gums. You can make a delicious salad filled with some of these crunchy vegetables to make sure your smile stays perfect. Just make sure you don’t have spinach in your teeth before the cameras come out. 

Drink Tea 

Like coffee, drinking tea can stain your teeth. Although it may make it harder to keep your teeth white, tea can help improve your smile. Green tea can prevent tooth decay and gum disease because of the ingredients Catechin and fluorine.

The benefits of drinking tea are so great that they outweigh the hassle of cleaning stains. Most people would much rather have stained teeth than no teeth. If you are one of these people, you should consider getting porcelain veeners and then you can drink all the tea you want. 

Chew Gum 

All chewing gum is not the same. But if you want an easy and natural way to keep your teeth clean. Try chewing sugar-free gum. Aside from whitening, some gum packages include a message from the American Dental Association (ADA) stating that it helps prevent cavities when chewed for twenty minutes after eating.

Chewing gum also stimulates your salivary glands to keep a healthy amount of saliva in your mouth. Saliva is needed for oral health because it helps prevent tooth decay, cleans teeth, and helps neutralize acids. When you chew sugar-free gum, you get the benefit of fresher breath, cleaner teeth, and a healthier mouth. Who knew? 

Use Baking Soda

It may not be as tasty as chewing gum, but baking soda is another way to whiten and protect your teeth. Too much acidity is one of the main causes of damaged tooth enamel, which leads to cavities. Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, can help lower pH levels in your mouth. You can mix baking soda and water to create an all-natural oral rinse to keep acidic bacteria under control. 

Drink Water

Plaque and sugar are a dangerous combination for your teeth. The plaque provides a home for acidic bacteria, and the sugar feeds it. Another way to protect your teeth, aside from brushing and flossing, is to drink water. It’s hard to eliminate all sugar from your diet.

But when you do consume sugar, including starches like bread and pasta, you should drink water after the meal. Drinking water can help wash away food debris that may hide in your mouth. It can also wash down sugar residue and prevent dry mouth. 

Final Thoughts 

The condition of your teeth says a lot about your overall health. Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. Regular brushing and flossing are irreplaceable when it comes to oral hygiene. You should also schedule regular dentist appointments to clean your teeth and check for dental caries.

But there are additional ways to keep your teeth clean at home and improve your smile. You can eat lots of raw fruits and vegetables, drink water and tea, chew gum, and use baking soda. A healthy diet can also help you maintain a healthy mouth with a great smile. 

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