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3 Ways to Get a Whiter Smile at Home

February 16, 2017 By Dr. Rick Leppo

blog00Want whiter teeth without an appointment? Columbia Dental Center recommends these steps if you want to try teeth bleaching without visiting the dentist:

1. Cut Back On Staining Foods

The first step in brightening your smile is to cut way back on the foods that contribute to dark-stained teeth. You probably realize this means limiting how much tea and coffee you drink throughout the day.

But stain also comes from surprising places like curry dishes, red sauces, blackberries, and sports drinks.

2. Put A Little More Grit In Your Toothpaste

Used alone or in addition to toothpaste, baking soda can buff away surface stain due to how abrasive it is. Be careful to not scrub too hard with it as it can hurt your gums.

Baking soda doesn't have the ability to actually bleach away stain, but it can help keep new stain from forming. Just be sure not too use it too often, or you’ll cause more harm than good!

3. DIY Whitening Kits

As a last-resort, you can attempt some at-home whitening kits available in your local drugstore. For some patients, this is a sufficient introduction to the world of whitening.

Be warned, however, that you may still not get great results because the whitening power is a low concentration. Also, it's easy to misuse a product and wind up with irritated gums.

Get Whiter Teeth, Faster

Not satisfied with your results?

If your at-home whitening efforts don't seem to be making a big difference, then it's time to take a more thorough approach. Professional teeth bleaching is effective, fast, and safe. After giving it your best shot at home, why not stop in to Columbia Dental Center to learn about other options?

Call our practice today to schedule your teeth whitening consultation.

Posted on behalf of Columbia Dental Center

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