4 tips for whiter teeth

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If you are here, you probably have problems with yellowing teeth. You are therefore looking for a perfect set of teeth. There are several causes of yellowing teeth: irregular brushing or poorly brushed teeth, excessive consumption of tobacco, coffee or tea. They are therefore directly linked to our lifestyle and consumption which do not favour good oral hygiene. However, don't panic, we have the solutions you need to have whiter teeth. If you apply these tips, you should see results.

Brushing your teeth properly

Having the right dental equipment

It is important to choose an electric toothbrush over a manual toothbrush. It removes discolouration from the surface of the teeth better because it encourages long brushing times due to the built-in timer. For effective brushing, a fluoride-rich toothpaste should be used. It offers better protection against tooth decay. Brushing should always be complemented by the use of interdental brushes. They are designed to clean the teeth in areas that the electric toothbrush cannot reach. In addition, a good brushing should always be completed with the use of an interdental floss. It is used once a day to remove plaque that accumulates between the gaps in the teeth. But also with the interdental stick: it allows the interdental cleaning of narrow spaces.

Following the rules of tooth brushing


Daily and regular brushing is essential for good oral hygiene. It is strongly recommended that you brush your teeth at least twice a day. Ideally, you should brush your teeth in the morning and evening. You can also brush your teeth at lunchtime to make your teeth even whiter. If you have consumed acidic foods and drinks, you should wait 30 minutes before brushing your teeth. The French Union for Oral Health recommends at least two minutes of brushing each time. In addition, you should rinse your mouth twice with water after brushing your teeth. If you do not always have time to brush your teeth, you can only chew gum at lunchtime.

Opt for a full brushing method

This particularly effective method involves positioning the toothbrush at 45 degrees to the gum line. You should then make small movements from the gum to the tooth. The back of the last tooth should also be brushed, as it is much more difficult for plaque to be removed from this area of the mouth. You should also brush all the chewing surfaces, as these are the ones that cause the most caries, gingivitis and periodontitis. Once you have reached the inner surfaces of your front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and clean these surfaces with the brush tip. You should not brush the teeth too hard to avoid damaging the tooth enamel. You should then finish by brushing your tongue to keep your breath fresh.

The Y-Brush toothbrush is a toothbrush that allows a good brushing of the teeth because it brushes all the teeth and their faces at the same time. In addition, the 45° inclined bristles on the sides of the toothbrush allow for gentle brushing of the gums and the gum line. Brushing your teeth will no longer be a chore. You won't have to worry about how to brush your teeth, either vertically or horizontally. It also helps you not to neglect the inner side of the teeth and one side depending on whether you are right or left handed.   


Using natural products to whiten your teeth 


Baking soda

It is used to reduce tartar formation and rebalance the PH of the mouth. Its abrasive formula perfectly smoothes the surface of the teeth and gums. There are two techniques for whitening your teeth with baking soda. The first technique is to add a little baking soda powder to your toothpaste and brush it off. The second technique is to mix baking soda with a little water to make a paste. You can then brush your teeth with this toothpaste. You can also apply the bicarbonate paste to your teeth and leave it on for 5 minutes for an express whitening treatment.

Yellow lemon


The citric acid in the lemon helps to fight tartar, which causes yellowing of the teeth. It is therefore particularly beneficial to brush your teeth with lemon juice. It helps to dissolve the plaque that accumulates on your teeth. It also maintains the acidity necessary for a healthy oral balance. In addition, it helps to eliminate bacteria that proliferate after meals. The technique for brushing with lemon juice is to squeeze half a lemon over a bowl. Then you dip your toothbrush into the juice and brush your teeth with it. Then you can finish by leaving it on for a minute and rinsing your mouth with clear water.

Tea Tree essential oil


This essential oil helps to clean the mouth and teeth. It contains active ingredients such as monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes that help to whiten teeth. In addition, it disinfects the entire oral cavity: even in places where the toothbrush does not fit. It is effective against tart formation, smoothes and brightens the teeth. In addition, it is used after brushing by rinsing the mouth with a mixture of a few drops of tea-tree and a glass of water. The principle of use is very simple: You can put 2 drops on your toothpaste during each brushing of teeth. You can use it for a maximum of 3 weeks and then take a week's break before the next use.

If you want to have a whitening effect with a natural toothpaste, you can use the Y-Brush toothpaste tube. This toothpaste is of natural origin. It is organically produced. It contains 99% of natural ingredients. You can also try the toothpaste tablet from the same brand. This is a vegan product also made from 100% natural ingredients.

Calling on the expertise of a dentist: very specific techniques

Scaling

Scaling is a dental treatment that removes the calcified deposit of plaque that is located above the gums. Above all, it removes stains from the enamel and yellowish discolouration from the teeth. It also removes tartar from the teeth that are difficult to brush. It is carried out approximately every 6 months or every year at the dentist's. The dentist uses an ultrasound device. He simply places the ultrasonic dental scaler against the block of tartar to loosen and destroy it. To finish the scaling, he uses polishing to finish the complete cleaning of the teeth. It consists of smoothing the tooth surface and cleaning the stains that did not come off during the scaling.

Hydrogen peroxide


The main function of hydrogen peroxide is to lighten the teeth. It corrects the yellowing caused by time or poor brushing and the penetration of food pigments. All lightening products used by your dentist must contain at least 6% hydrogen peroxide. Your dentist will give you trays and syringes of hydrogen peroxide which you must apply yourself. The whole treatment takes from 15 days to a month. However, you should be aware that hydrogen peroxide tooth whitening may be contraindicated in the case of oral problems such as cavities, wear lesions or dental hypersensitivity. If you smoke, it is even more inadvisable to use this type of treatment.

Dental veneers


These are simply shells with a very thin coating of about 0.5 mm, which are glued to the outer surface of the teeth to cover them. They are used to correct the colour of teeth when tooth whitening is not sufficiently successful. They also correct the shape and misplacement of teeth. There are two types of dental veneers. Firstly, there are ceramic veneers. They are usually thick. It is important to grind away some of the tooth enamel to counteract the addition of 1 or 2 millimetres of thickness in the jaw. There are also veneers without preparation. They prevent the enamel from being attacked before fitting. Acid can be used to facilitate adhesion.

If you want a quick and effective scaling, you can rely on the Y-Brush toothbrush. This is a toothbrush that removes 15% more plaque than a traditional toothbrush. It has been developed in collaboration with dentists and validated by numerous in vitro and clinical tests. 

Home tooth whitening techniques

Whitening strips

These are adhesive strips that you stick on your teeth. They contain a whitening gel. The whitening strips last for one to two weeks to give your teeth a bright white appearance. The method is as follows: you have to peel off the adhesive and put a strip on the upper teeth and on the lower teeth. Make sure that the part with the gel is on your teeth. Then you just press it on and wait half an hour before rinsing your mouth so that the whitening gel penetrates well. The result is fast if you respect the dosage indicated on the box. However, you should not exceed the time limit, as this could lead to lesions or irritation of the teeth or gums.

The tooth whitening kit


The ideal tooth whitening kit should include: whitening gel, an LED lamp and a tray as well as an accelerator. Ideally, it should also include a neutralising mouthwash and a whitening toothpaste. The gel in this kit is based on hydrogen peroxide, which makes it possible to gain one or more shades of whiteness. It should therefore lighten the colour of the tooth enamel and dentine. The technique with this kit consists of applying the whitening gel to the teeth with the finger or with a brush. The tray is then held in place until the gel is penetrated by the LED light. You can see results usually within 7 days.

Anti-stain dental gum


This is a gum with a natural rubber tip. It works in a similar way to a conventional eraser. Its exfoliating tip enables targeted and effective cleaning. It removes external stains and discolouration from the teeth. Simply rub over the stains to remove them. You rub the eraser on your teeth and make gentle movements. It is important to rotate the gum when you make the movements. If the stains do not come out easily, you should not hesitate to rub over them several times. It is important to take certain precautions when using it, such as using it only once and not pressing too hard while using it.

We hope that this guide with all its advice will help you find the most suitable solutions for your teeth whitening. There is no one solution for whiter teeth that is better than another. The only thing you need to do is to start by brushing your teeth properly and apply the other tips according to your preferences. You should observe the whitening effect on your teeth to see if you need to continue your teeth whitening for longer.

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