With all the candy, chocolate and traditional, delicious Easter feasts, we want to forget about calories and our pearly white teeth for a second and enjoy all the treats, but it’s important to take care of our teeth during this time of the year as well. It’s okay everyone, have a little bite of candy and chocolate – but to help your teeth remain strong, healthy and white, make sure to incorporate these tips into your daily routine.
Tips for taking care of your teeth
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When should I brush?
Knowing when and how to brush your teeth while eating candy is a great way to protect your teeth from all the sweetness on Easter Sunday. While most of us think that brushing our teeth properly is enough to keep them white and healthy, the timing is actually really important as well. According to various dental care clinics, brushing your teeth before eating chocolate is actually helpful. It sounds a bit weird at first, but it all makes sense: when teeth are clean, they have had a protective blast of fluoride and less of the bacteria that cause the damage, so it will prepare your teeth for all the chocolate and candy.
Brushing your teeth before eating candy is very beneficial, but after the feast…skip brushing for a few hours. The enamel of your teeth is the most vulnerable after eating sweets and if you brush them, you will just be causing more damage than it would otherwise. Instead, rinse out your mouth with water or with a mouthwash (which will restore the balance in your mouth) and wash your teeth after a few hours to protect them.
Try to avoid consuming something hot and cold at the same time. Eating a hot brownie while having an ice cold milkshake will do way more damage, as it will cause tooth sensitivity and smaller cracks in the tooth’s enamel surface.
Switch It Up
Try to add some “healthy treats”, by adding savory snacks like vegetables and fruit into your Easter feast and make sure that you get enough Vitamin D and calcium to keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong. There are lots of ways to make some healthy treats looks absolutely adorable, and really add a splash of color to your Easter meal.
Not So White?
Don’t worry if you feel like your teeth are not that shiny, pearly white anymore – you can easily fix that with our teeth whitening kits on sale now for Easter! Our starter packs and professional whitening kits are the perfect choice for you. This kit contains everything you need for stunning results and a pearly white smile – whitening gel, moldable trays, LED light, color chart, desensitization gel and an instruction manual to ensure a quick and efficient whitening process. Our professional kit can be used for 12-15 treatments and will help you get white teeth without making them sensitive or irritated.
Remember, if you are eating more chocolate than you usually do, your teeth will need extra care, so follow our dental care tips and don’t forget to try out a quick whitening treatment for instant results.
It’s awards season in Hollywood, and we’ve spent countless hours clicking through red carpet photos, coveting the haute couture looks worn by our favorite starlets. We’ve noticed that from the Golden Globes to the Oscars, every exquisite outfit has one accessory in common: dazzling white teeth. In fact, pearly whites just might be Hollywood’s favorite accessory. They’re more frequent on the red carpet than choker necklaces and designer bags. So, just how far do celebrities go to get stain-free teeth? And how can you get the same result at home without spending a fortune? We did an insanely detailed investigation and discovered celebrities favorite teeth whitening strategies from the predictable (like sipping all your drinks through a straw) to the straight up weird, to the must-try. Here’s what we found.
A Mouthwash That Gets You Drunk?
Okay, so Hollywood is full of incredibly weird beauty trends, and that includes teeth whitening methods you have never before considered. Manhattan-based celebrity dentist Jennifer Jablow DDS, who is responsible for the super-white smiles of many Victoria’s Secret models, has said that several of her clients swear by a concoction of vodka, fresh mint leaves, lemon, and cinnamon to freshen breath and prevent staining. However, this homemade mouthwash probably will not give you the results you desire, and we’ve concluded that the vodka is better left at the bar where it belongs. In the words of Dr. Jablow, it will “dry out the mouth and give more bad breath.” Next!
A Banana Peel a Day Keeps the Dentist Away
Here’s an unexpected home teeth whitening method that’s worth a try, which uses one fruit you’re almost sure to already have in your kitchen: bananas! After you enjoy your yummy, healthy snack, don’t throw away the peel. Instead, New York-based cosmetic dentists Marc Lowenberg, Gregg Lituchy, and Brian Kantor recommend taking a piece and rubbing it on your teeth, one minute on the top and one minute on the bottom. When you’re done, hold your lips open for ten minutes then brush, and voila! Your teeth are a touch whiter and protected against stains. Be warned, as with all teeth whitening regimes, you will probably have to repeat this every day for a few weeks before seeing results.
Retainers Aren’t Just For Kids
If you’ve had braces, you know that retainers are the one way to preserve the straight teeth that resulted from years of painful, expensive orthodontia. They might be annoying as heck but they work. The rich and famous know that you’re never too old to get straight teeth, just look at the ever beautiful Faye Dunaway for inspiration.
No Need to Go Pro
It goes without saying that every celebrity we see on the red carpet is crazy rich and has plenty of money to spend on the absolute best dentists in the country, taking advantage of cutting edge whitening technology. If you don’t have that kind of dough, you will be ecstatic to discover that you can get the excellent result at home without breaking the bank. There are at-home professional quality LED whitening kits on the market which don’t take much effort, cash, or know-how. You can get your own and have this teeth whitening technology at your fingertips whenever you need it.
The Power of Lipstick
Guess what? You can get the appearance of whiter teeth just by choosing the right makeup. We know that bold lips are a red carpet mainstay, and here’s one reason why. Some bold lipstick shades have the power to make your smile appear as white as freshly fallen snow. The secret is choosing a lipstick with blue undertones which will make your teeth appear whiter by contrast. If you were looking for an excuse to add to your makeup collection, here it is!
So there you have some top tips to get your smile red carpet ready, so get whitening today to get that perfect celeb look!
style="text-align: justify;"It seems like some people will do anything to achieve the beauty standards they desire. But what is the cost? Of course you want to get a dazzling white smile, but you probably have some concerns about how safe some of these whiteners are for your teeth. How do these products transform a yellow smile into a white one, and are you doing any damage to your teeth when you use them? Read on to learn more about what teeth whitening products are made of, and how safe they really are to use on your teeth.
What is in Whitening Products?
First, it is good to know what ingredients are typically used in tooth whiteners. The American Dental Association (ADA) has the following to say “Whitening products may be administered by dentists in the dental office, dispensed by dentists for home-use, or purchased over-the-counter (OTC), and can be categorized into two major groups:
Peroxide-containing bleaching agents; and
Whitening toothpastes (dentifrices).”
These two types of products make up the majority of whitening methods. However, there are also some recipes for making your own at-home whitening pastes that do not require any chemicals at all, including making pastes from activated charcoal. Not all whitening methods contain chemicals, but how safe are teeth whitening products?
Are These Products Safe?
For the most part, the whitening products on the market have been proven to be safe as Colgate explains, “Teeth whitening techniques have been well evaluated over the years, and the results obtained both in the dental office and at home are virtually guaranteed.” These products and methods have undergone extensive studies and evaluations into their effects on teeth before they reach the homes (and mouths) of consumers.
The products are safe because they are not designed to impact the structure of your teeth, as the Dear Doctor website explains, “Generally speaking, whitening is safe because the chemicals used to attack the organic molecules do not materially affect the mineral structure of the tooth itself.” Most whitening products are designed to erase surface stains on your teeth caused by years of acidic and staining foods and drinks that leave your teeth dull and yellow. These stains are on the tooth’s surface, and are easily whitened away without harming the integrity of your teeth.
If you are especially concerned about the safety of whitening, then consider going to your dentist to get their professional advice on whether or not your teeth are suitable for bleaching.
An unfortunate side effect of the whitening process is tooth sensitivity. While using the products is typically safe, they might still cause some tooth pain. Luckily, the sensitivity should not last long and will fade in time once you stop using the whitening product. If you are experiencing some dental pain, avoid beverages that are served at extreme temperatures and hot, spicy foods. As always, if your teeth are causing you a lot of pain, then you should visit your dentist to make sure everything is all right.
While the sensitivity is an unpleasant part of teeth whitening for some people, it is likely only temporary. Once you finish your treatment method, it should subside. The Pearly Whites Professional Kit comes with a desensitization gel to help replace minerals, seal your results and soothe after whitening.
Make an Informed Choice
If you want to whiten your teeth and have any concerns regarding your dental health or sensitivity issues, then talk to your dentist first. After all, no one knows your teeth better than they do! If you do the research and choose your whitening product and method wisely, then you will be able to safely and effectively whiten your smile.
There are plenty of options for dental bleaching available from laser whitening at the dentist to home bleaching kits. There are also a lot of people who swear by natural remedies such as activated charcoal, turmeric, baking soda and - perhaps the most popular of them all - coconut oil.
What are the Benefits of Coconut Oil for Your Oral Health?
Coconut oil contains natural antibacterial properties and research has found that coconut oil can decrease the buildup of plaque on your teeth and assist in fighting gum disease.
Swishing with coconut oil has been likened to washing your dishes, it pulls the toxins from your mouth leaving you with a clean, antiseptic environment in your mouth that helps the flow of good bacteria in your mouth needed to prevent cavities in your tooth.
Dentists caution that oil pulling shouldn't replace good oral hygiene - brushing your teeth twice daily and regular flossing, however, if you're looking for an alternative to traditional mouthwashes, oil pulling has been found to have the same, if not more, benefits.
Coconut Oil for Whitening Teeth
Various toothpaste manufacturers have long enticed us with the promise that using their product will bestow that sparkling megawatt smile of confidence. Should this fail to deliver the desired results, there are many and varied cosmetic dentistry treatments available: bleaching, veneers, laminates, or ultimately, the capping option. Which to choose depends either on your bank account or your willingness to go through pain to gain. Suppose there was an easier way? A way that did not cause underlying damage to the root, nerves or tissue of the tooth, which many conventional dentistry treatments do in fact disturb.
Back at the ranch, home remedies have, over the years, flung up ways to whiten teeth that include, brushing with bicarbonate of soda, sea salt, cayenne pepper, and lemon juice, either separately or combined. If you have ever tried them you will no doubt have found some brightening properties. Yet they lack one crucial factor: The power of the pull.
So How Does Coconut Oil Whiten Teeth?
Trending for a few years now in the Western world, but never out of fashion from where it originated, is the new tooth cool: Coconut oil.
It is indeed a magical oil worthy of our due respect, but it is the manner in which it is used, and the reasoning behind this, that brings about the whiter tooth effect, namely: Oil Pulling.
Some in the mainstream cosmetic dentistry field refer to the process of oil pulling as a folk remedy and don't consider it to be a natural alternative for whitening teeth or as having any dental benefits. A tad derogatory, given it's actually from the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda. The same Ayurveda that is so carefully interwoven into our yoga bunny lives.
“Oil Pulling got its name from the ‘pulling’ or cleansing effect oils have when applied to the skin. Oils are lipophilic, meaning they attract other oils and fat soluble toxins, ‘pulling’ them out from any surface an oil is introduced to. This amazing property to chelate, or pull, toxins out of the body has been employed for centuries during classical Ayurvedic detox therapies.”
Coconut oil is antibacterial, antiviral and antimicrobial, therefore sloshing and swishing this, up and down, in and out between your teeth, is the ultimate health treat you can give your mouth. It cleans so effectively because of its fluid nature, enabling it to reach all the tiny gaps, crevices and folds of skin in the mouth. It cleans up plaque, which, with prolonged use over time, may bring about a whitening effect. Plus regular use may help to gently lighten tooth stains from those foods we hate to love: green or black tea, black coffee, and red wine.
How to Use Coconut Oil for Whitening Teeth
Pull with it - Simply put 1 teaspoonful in your mouth and swish it around for 10 to 20 minutes. Be very careful not to swallow it. When you are finished swishing ("pulling") you can spit it into the toilet or in the garden. Because it solidifies you shouldn't spit it out into the sink as after awhile it could cause your sink to get blocked up.
Massage with it - As we know, our gums anchor our teeth, and are prone to all sorts of minuscule bacteria, massaging these with coconut oil will promote gum health.
Wash with it - It can be used instead of mouthwash by using the pulling method described above.
Brush with it - Combined with a little bicarb of soda to mimic the feel of standard toothpaste, you can gently brush your teeth with it - for those of you cringing at the thought of an oily mouth. Be very careful though as bicarb of soda (or baking soda) is an abrasive and can damage your tooth enamel. Make sure that if you use it for tooth brushing, you only use a very small amount and don't do it too frequently. If in doubt, check with your dentist.
Cook with it - There are said to be countless benefits to consuming coconut oil, from weight loss to anti aging. It is the most stable oil at high temps, meaning it will not oxidize and cause those free radicals to party in your body. Taking it internally and applying externally maximizes the magic.
It should be noted that it takes patience and persistence before you see any significant effect, sometimes a few months of regular use is required. Another point worth noting is that, as good as coconut oil is for your oral hygiene, it will not be able to produce significant results on teeth that are yellow or have serious stains.
If your teeth are already fairly white and you just need a gentle, regular touch up and are happy to be a regular user then you will see a difference over time. If, however, you need fast results, have very yellow or stained teeth, or aren't a routine orientated person then this might not be the best option for you.
Oil Pulling vs Coconut Oil White Strips
If you don’t fancy having a mouth full of oil every day, or if you don’t have the patience to wait months to see results, another option you could try is coconut oil whitening strips. Our gentle, coconut oil and activated charcoal infused strips are fast, easy and a great idea for people with sensitive teeth, as well as those that want a whitening product but are looking for something a little lighter in the chemical department.
Taking advantage of the same benefits gained by coconut oil pulling, the strips work faster and are just a teensy bit less yuck. They can also be used for stubborn stains or quick fixes when you don’t have time to wait for the oil pulling to slowly whiten your teeth.
Advantages of a Whiter Smile
From first dates and job interviews, to the never-ending selfie parade, our smile generates the biggest initial impact as to how we are perceived. Add on the fact that when Match.com interviewed 5,000 singles, over half said teeth are the most important characteristic when choosing someone to date, you have ample reason to want a winning smile.
We all know it’s either lips or eyes when applying makeup, but if you choose the eye option because you want to direct attention away from your less than white pearlies, what can you do? If your smile is more Mona Lisa than Julia Roberts, is there any way to improve matters? Your genes plus the nutrition you received whilst growing up will have had an effect on your jaw structure and arrangement of your second set of teeth, but in this day and age no one needs to be imprisoned by discoloration.
Whichever tooth whitening option you choose PearlyWhites wishes you happy, bright smiles.
Have you ever felt like you would feel more confident with a whiter smile? Well, a study shows that people look more attractive, self-confident, trustworthy and financially successful with whiter teeth.
We all know first impressions are a big deal! Having a brighter smile can change your level of self-confidence. It makes you more attractive. It makes you look like you take care of yourself. Whiter teeth give you a more healthy and attractive look but faded or yellow teeth look dirty and untidy, and they can ruin the whole appearance of a person.
Research commissioned in 2007 shows that having a pearly white smile has a direct impact on successful interactions, both socially and professionally. White teeth significantly affect what other people think of you for the first time they meet you.
The three-part research included simulated job interviews, first dates and quantitative online research: More than half of the participants were more likely to be hired (58%) and offered larger salary (53%), after their teeth were whitened. The research also shows that the evaluators were paying more attention while interacting with or “dating” participants whose teeth were whitened.
During the simulated job interviews it was also noticed that most of the participants were seen as more professional (65%) and self-confident (61%) after teeth whitening. And in the simulated first dates over half of the participants were seen as more sociable (59%) after teeth whitening
This research proves the amazing power of a whiter smile. White teeth are a sign of success. It shows that a person has the time, resources and desire to invest in their smile. Cleaner and whiter teeth make you look more attractive. We've made it easier than ever to get that perfect professional-looking white smile in the comfort of your own home.
There are so many great benefits to having a whiter smile, both personally and professionally. Learn how to maintain your pearly whites and reap the rewards of an amazing smile!