Surprising tips for a brighter smile

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Have you recently inspected your smile in the mirror, only to discover that it's lost its pearly-white appeal?

Here, we reveal tips and tricks for a brighter smile.

Don't Slack on Oral Care
Besides getting a professional cleaning every six months, brushing your teeth with a whitening toothpaste twice a day (at least!) is the obvious first step toward achieving a brighter smile. Whitening toothpastes are even greater because they also remove plaque and superficial stains.

Swishing a whitening rinse around in your mouth to reach any places your toothbrush missed is an extra care!

Eat and Drink Wisely
Chewing sugar-free gum that contains plaque-reducing xylitol has the added benefit of promoting salivary flow, which will clean your teeth and break down any remaining food particles in the mouth.

Eat crunchy fruits and vegetables to naturally exfoliate teeth. Strawberries are a particularly great choice because besides teeth-scrubbing fibers they also contain malic acid (that breaks down stains).

Here's a DIY cleaning recipe: Crush strawberries into a fruity purée and rub the mixture along the surface of teeth.

Fruits you shouldn't let remain on your teeth: types like lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruit that are high in citric acid. When drinking tea or coffee, swirl water around in your mouth afterward and swallowing - this will remove any dark residue and keep it from building up and penetrating the tooth.

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