How to keep up with dental cosmetics during quarantine is something that some people are wondering about. After all, pretty much all nonessential public places have been closed and that includes going into a dental office for teeth whitening.
Just because cosmetic related appointments are closed during quarantine doesn’t mean you can’t have a beautiful smile. What makes a healthy set of white teeth possible is good care, and you’re already on the right track by maintaining basic dental prevention techniques. We have compiled multiple tips for you to keep in mind that are related to the cosmetic appearance of your teeth.
If you are forgetting to brush and floss twice daily, start now! This is the number one way to keep your teeth both white and healthy. Think of it like trying to smell amazing: showering is the way to keep a pleasant smell and cologne/perfume is just the icing on the cake. It works the same way in the dental world. Brush so that you can establish a set of white teeth before looking into self-whitening treatment.
Now with that out of the way, we can talk about teeth whitening remedies that are effective. You might be surprised to find out that you don’t need a super special product to achieve whiter teeth. You might have some of these lying around, which is convenient considering the “stuck indoors” lifestyle some of you are currently leading.
Whether you are video chatting, have someone living with you, or simply just like knowing you have good looking teeth, white teeth are a desired trait to have. Luckily, it is quite easy to achieve this at home.
Coconut Oil Pulling
This method of teeth whitening involves the act of swishing around coconut oil for about 15 minutes. Many have claimed that it has worked for them to achieve a brighter smile. You can do this while watching TV or another activity you enjoy. It may take a couple of weeks of consistent usage to achieve the results you are seeking, but it is a completely harmless method that is worth the try. Just be sure to spit it out in the trash since coconut oil can clog your drains.
Also, keep in mind that this isn’t a method to make your teeth white, rather it is a preventative measure to keep them white. First thing is first, you must maintain a healthy pattern of visits to your dentist. Your teeth should already be cleaned and whitened prior to trying this preventative measure.
Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide
There is a good chance you have these two lying around and you would be in luck if you do! Creating a paste using hydrogen peroxide and baking soda is a relatively common way for people to whiten their teeth at home. The exact measurements are 2 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide and 1 tablespoon of baking powder. This paste, then goes on your brush as toothpaste would and the same brushing techniques apply as it would for toothpaste.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Another common household item is apple cider vinegar and it’s simple to apply. Creating a diluted solution that contains 6 ounces of water and 1 to 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar is both easy and effective. You only need to swish this around for 30 seconds. Try doing this before brushing your teeth.
Maintaining Dental Veneers
If you are using veneers to improve the cosmetic look of your teeth, maintaining these are important. Simply brushing your veneers with whitening toothpaste daily, gently flossing and avoid foods that are known to stain will ensure that a good pair of veneers will look good for a long time.
It is entirely possible to achieve great looking teeth without having to run to a dentist that is now closed for non-emergency related appointments. We hope that at least one of these tips has helped you achieve or maintain the smile you desire!