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Teeth whitening is not a single, one-time, or a permanent process. If you see yourself eating substantial amounts of teeth-staining food and drink, then your teeth will start staining within a month or so. Even if you avoid such food or drinks, then within a year or thereabouts, you will require a follow-up teeth whitening procedure or at the least, a touch-up.

So here are a few tips and tricks that will help you keep your teeth as white as possible for the longest period of time…

- Obviously, avoid food and rinks that stain the teeth. Avoid black tea, strong coffee, etc and if you must drink them, then use a straw. This will pass the liquid directly into the gullet, by-passing the teeth. This way, you can have your cake and eat it too.

- Feel free to brush and floss immediately after you consume such beverages and food. Sometimes, that’s not possible. So at very least, rinse and gargle after you consume teeth staining food and beverages. If you are at a restaurant or a party and are unable to gargle, do so the moment you get home.

- Daily and regular oral hygiene is critical. Brush your teeth twice a day, floss at least once or better still, twice daily. Not only will you clear the gunk out, you will also keep your teeth white and healthy.

- Use a teeth whitening toothpaste once or twice a week – Ask your dentist and follow-up on the touch-up treatments.

Teeth whitening is a process of lightening or changing the color of your teeth. A few of the options are listed below in case you wish to undergo a teeth whitening procedure-

- Teeth Whitening Toothpastes: These toothpastes help lighten the color of your teeth by about a shade or two. Such toothpastes contain chemical agents that gently polish the enamel and remove stains. These toothpastes can be purchased over-the counter from your local drug store or they can be ordered online.

- Teeth Whitening Strips: These are thin invisible strips that are covered with a teeth whitening gel. Use strips for one two hours several nights a week and you will be able to see the difference that these peroxide-based strips make on the color of your teeth. The results should last approximately for four months and it expenses range between $10.00-$60.00.

- Teeth Whitening Gels: Apply these gels with a brush directly to your teeth twice daily for about a week. The effects of these clear peroxide-based gels last for about 4 months and costs range between $15 – $20.

- Teeth Whitening by a Dentist: Dentists use different types of tray-based procedures in which they apply a light to the gel on your teeth. This improves the teeth color between three and eight shades. This approach is the most effective out of the approaches listed above. This also removes stubborn stains deep in the tooth and can cost up to $800.

There are a few risks involved in the process of teeth whitening, however it may result in temporary teeth sensitivity and is most common in the early stages of the whitening process.

In most cases, an improperly fitted mouthpiece tray  is responsible for the irritation of the soft tissues. But both these conditions and discomfort do not persist for long and last only for  one to three days after the completion of the treatment.

In case of acute sensitivity one can follow a few simple measures to reduce or get rid of the teeth whitening risks. Firstly, the mouth tray can be used for a shorter period of time for example, instead of two 60 minute sessions it can be worn for two 30 minutes sessions. Again, the process can be stopped for a few days to allow the teeth to get adjusted to the teeth whitening treatment.

Moreover, the dentist or the pharmacist can be asked to prescribe a product containing high fluoride to restore the mineral content of the teeth. This product should be applied to the tray and to be worn for four minutes before starting the whitening process.

Lastly, brushing the teeth with toothpaste meant for sensitive teeth containing potassium nitrate helps soothe the nerve ends of the teeth. Such steps might alleviate the teeth whitening risks and irritations to some degree.

You’ll be surprised to know that you can whiten your teeth naturally, without the use of artificial cleansers and man-made chemicals. In fact, in the Elizabethan era, about 400 years ago, almost everyone took care of their teeth with natural remedies. Back then, they didn’t have access to tooth gels, tooth pastes or dentists. Hence, each one was their own dentist as they took good oral care through natural remedies.

If you were rich, then a mixture of honey, vinegar, and wine was the ultimate tooth cleanser for you. Even now, you can apply this regularly and see the difference for yourself. A few centuries ago, an old rag with salt and water was also used to whiten teeth. You might be shocked to know that in ancient times, human urine was used as a tooth whitening product!

To avoid the need of whitening your teeth you can also take preventive measures. It is seen that teeth become yellow with age. With diet playing a pivotal role in determining your teeth shades. Some of the things that you will want to avoid include coffee, smoking, and tea. Although you may not realize it, one of the worst things for your teeth is chips and wafers.

Sometimes yellowing of your teeth may also be hereditary. However, rinsing your mouth with a 75% lemon juice and 25% salt solution is known to work wonders for teeth whitening. Some of the best foods and drinks that will prevent bacteria from forming include celery and straight cranberry juice. Believe it or not, dark chocolate also reduces the amount of bacteria that can be found in one’s mouth. So next time you see your teeth turning yellowish you need not shell out those bucks for your teeth whitening appointment.