A glance around any supermarket or pharmacy shows that people spend big money on teeth whitening products. It is a huge market and there are plenty of companies looking to cash in on human vanity.
But not all teeth whitening dental kits are the same and neither are some of the homeopathic remedies that people utilize. A smart consumer does a little bit of research before plunking down that hard earned cash on a product that will not work for you or a remedy that could be dangerous.
The first rule of thumb for anyone, should be to "know thy mouth" and know that what you put into it will affect your appearance. The first step to having a nicer smile is to have good oral hygiene. Brushing your teeth should not be optional. It should be done at least twice a day with a good firm toothbrush, to not only clean them, but to stimulate the gums as well.
Also use a toothpaste that fights gingivitis and plaque. And don't forget to floss. Everyone has lied to their dental hygienist once or twice when he or she was asked if flossing occurs regularly. Most people do not floss on a regular basis, but remember, a toothbrush only gets so far between them.
Teeth whitening products help remove some of the daily stain that is the primary cause of tooth discoloration. Most people do not consider what goes into their mouths. Tobacco, coffee, tea and soda all stain the enamel.
You can always use the white cloth test to determine if a food or drink will discolor your teeth. Put some of the substance on a white cloth. If it colors the cloth a brown or tan, then you will know, without a doubt, that the same thing is going to happen to your teeth.
Once you know your mouth, you can begin the process of having whiter teeth. Start the process with good oral hygiene and follow it up with tooth whitening products that are easy to use.
Skip the complicated trays and a whitening gel until you develop a routine. Simple toothpaste that contains a whitening agent is a great way to lighten them by one or two shades. You can always try other methods later once you have a healthy mouth.
Teeth whitening products are out there and unless you have been living without a television for the past decade, you have seen the ads. Not all of them will work for you and some are dangerous. Never use concentrated, undiluted bleach in your mouth.
Do not leave a whitening strip on overnight in case you become choked. Practice some common sense and good oral hygiene, and your teeth will thank you for it later.