My 5 Secrets For Healthy White Teeth

My 5 Secrets For Healthy White Teeth

Hey Sexy,

When I was in my late 20’s, someone advised me that a person’s skin and teeth can do two things – make you look older or make you look younger. So since then, I’ve been diligent about both (I’ll share my skin secrets in a separate blog post!).

Thanks to my routine, I’m happy to say that I’ve had no cavities in years (knock on wood!) and my dental hygienist always comments about how beautiful my teeth are (I know, I know….she’s probably saying that to all her patients, but I’ll take it!). Here are my secrets for making sure my teeth remain healthy and pearly white:

  1. SEE THE DENTIST REGULARLY

I see my dentist twice a year for checkups and cleaning.  Trust me…it’s money well spent because it’s much more expensive (and painful) to fill cavities or pull teeth, which I’ve had both.

  1. BRUSH, FLOSS AND SWISH

I am 100% sold on the benefits of electric toothbrushes! They clean your teeth, gums and tongue more thoroughly than manual brushing.  I personally use an Oral B toothbrush with Active Wow Activated Coconut Charcoal Powder and Arm & Hammer whitening toothpaste, but there are various brands that you can pick up at the drug store, Amazon, or your favorite Target or Wal-Mart. I also love AP 25 toothpaste, which is by Nu Skin.  And don’t forget to floss and end with a therapeutic mouthwash that reduces and prevents bad breath, gingivitis, plaque and tooth decay.  I also use mini brushes (called go-betweens or interdental brushes) dipped in toothpaste to decrease staining between my teeth. Brush morning and night and don’t skip!

  1. EAT FOODS THAT CLEAN YOUR TEETH

When I wore braces, I brushed my teeth throughout the day, but now that I don’t have braces, I rely on teeth-cleaning foods to strengthen my teeth and help get rid of stains and plaque. Crisp fruits and veggies with fiber are great for scrubbing stains and plaque. These foods include apples, carrots, leafy greens, and celery.  Want to make your teeth stronger? Reach for cheese, yogurt and almonds for their high amounts of calcium and protein.

  1. DRINK THROUGH A STRAW

If a beverage is colored or high in sugar (tea, coffee, hot chocolate, wine), then I use a straw because it minimizes the time that the beverage is in contact with my teeth thereby preventing cavities and staining.  Make sure to position the straw towards the back of your mouth.

  1. USE WHITENING STRIPS

Professional teeth whitening can get expensive, so that’s why I use over-the-counter Crest whitening strips periodically. They work particularly well after the dentist cleans your teeth. You can pick them up at Costco or Sam’s if you want savings.

  1. IF YOU HAVE A RETAINER, WEAR IT!

Seriously!  I had braces for almost 4 years. They cost lots of money and are inconvenient, so I have no desire to have my teeth shift and undo the work that was done.  If you want to maintain the position of your teeth, then wear your retainer overnight, minimally.

  1. DRINK WATER ALL DAY

Water is like a magic elixir.  It does everything from promote weight loss to improve your skin to keeping you regular.  It also washes away food debris and keeps your teeth healthy and happy.

So what’s your dental routine consist of?