Although we all have our biannual dentist appointments marked in our phone calendars, there’s a lot of upkeep surrounding our teeth that we can definitely do ourselves at home.
The past year has taught us what we can and can’t get by with in a DIY format – particularly when it comes to beauty and maintenance.
Now, we’re not saying don’t book in to see your dental hygienist for your regular check up – but in between these appointments, there’s no need to let your sparkly smile slip.
We’ve rounded up everything you need to keep your teeth looking healthy and white – all from the comfort of your home.
Yes, that’s right – every single one of these products are easy to use, able to be purchased from a range of your go-to retailers and can be conveniently stored in your bathroom.
Considering the centre stage position our teeth and gums have, it’s surprising we don’t go see a dentist as often as we visit the hair or nail salon – or even go to the doctor’s surgery.
According to dental expert and Waterpik oral care ambassador Dr Rhona Eskander, wondering how to keep your teeth white is a common question in the dental hygiene game. “People often forget the power of diet and home care. For example extrinsic stains can be removed via a good electric tooth brush and a Waterpik Water Flosser. The Waterpik can help dislodge plaque from the gum line and also in between the teeth removing food particles which discolour the teeth. I would use this once a day in conjunction with a toothbrush.”
She also recommends paying attention to what you eat as bright foods and pigmented drinks can all stain your teeth. Chemical compounds called chromogens give foods and drinks their strong colour and this leads to them staining our teeth. Tannin is also a substance present in many food and drinks – such as tea and coffee. “In general, if something could stain your clothes or your tongue, the chances are, it’s also going to stain your teeth.”
Dr Ruth Baidoo, private dentist and Waken brand ambassador, affirms that the best way to keep your teeth healthy and white at home is by vigilant brushing. She adds that by using an alcohol-free mouthwash like Waken, “you can ensure your teeth will be in the best condition in between dentist appointments.”
However she also goes on to warn of the danger of dental hacks on social media. “The rise of social media and selfie-taking has led to an increase in demand for an ‘Insta Smile’. Some brands have caught on to this fad and beauty products for your teeth are increasingly made available to the general public. The worrying part of this is that a lot of dentists, like myself, don’t approve of them.”
It’s also a ‘no’ from Dr Baidoo about DIY dental hacks, such as using baking soda and lemon juice for a whiter and brighter smile. “This can be highly destructive to the enamel of the teeth and it is not a safe method in trying to obtain whiter teeth, as the juice of a lemon is so acidic.” She, instead, recommends using dental products which contain sodium fluoride to help protect teeth and gums.
But with the following superhero dental flossers, toothbrushes, mouthwashes and more, there’s no need to worry in between your trips to the dentist.