This week’s video and blog post are all about how I keep my teeth white and my dental hygiene routine. Having a nice smile is just as important as finding the right lipstick shade! A friend of mine suggested that I do a post on how I keep my teeth white about a year ago! So this post has been on my list for a while and I’m finally getting around to this topic!
I’m not a dentist, dental hygienist or dental professional, so this post isn’t meant to be taken in any way as dental advice. In this post, I’ll tell you what works for me, and what I use to keep my teeth white. It’s best to consult with your dentist to determine the best dental routine and whitening treatment for you.
Dental health is a priority for me. It’s important that my teeth feel and look their best. To accomplish that, I visit my dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning and checkup. Not only does this ensure that my teeth are their cleanest, but it also ensures the best dental health because my dentist checks for things that we might need to keep an eye on. It’s also good to catch things that may be going wrong before they become painful or expensive to fix!
Another benefit of good dental health is good breath. I once attended a group dinner where I sat beside someone who had the most horrendous breath (and probably didn’t even realize it)! You definitely don’t want to be that-guy-with-the-bad-breath (or the person who has to sit by them and smell it). So that should be extra motivation to take care of your teeth!
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Daily Dental Hygiene Routine
In addition to my dentist visits, I keep my teeth healthy with my dental hygiene routine. Here is what I use:
- Oral-B Pro-Health Superior Clean Soft Bristle Manual Toothbrush Some people like a battery operated toothbrush but I like to use this manual one twice per day. It has a thicker handle and cross-action bristles that reach all of my teeth. I like that it has soft bristles to protect my tooth enamel. It also has bristles that change color to indicate then it’s time to replace my toothbrush. My dentist and dental hygienist always comment how clean I keep my teeth when I go in for my twice yearly cleaning. I attribute this in part to this toothbrush.
- Arm & Hammer Sensitive Toothpaste Since I whiten my teeth (more on that below), I like to use a toothpaste made for sensitive teeth. There are several good sensitive toothpastes on the market – Sensodyne, Colgate Sensitive, and my favorite, Arm & Hammer Sensitive Toothpaste. I like them all, but I really love the clean feeling I get from the baking soda in the Arm & Hammer Sensitive Toothpaste.
- Oral-B Complete Satin Floss It’s important to floss at least once per day. I like this floss because it’s easy to use. Another good floss is Oral-B Glide. Flossing cleans between teeth and keeps your gums healthy. It also helps with good breath.
- Listerine Ultraclean Mouthwash I always top off my brushing and flossing with mouthwash. My favorite is Listerine Ultraclean Mouthwash. I love the clean feeling I get when I use it. Listerine is great for killing germs and giving me good breath.
While dental health is important to me, I also want my teeth to be as white as they can be. And it doesn’t help that we all eat and drink delicious things like coffee, tea, red wine, berries, and other things that can stain our teeth! That’s where bleaching comes in.
There are a lot of teeth whitening options available. At the drugstore, you can get white strips or DIY trays and gels. After researching what was available, I decided to have my teeth whitened by my dentist. I knew my dentist would present me with the best and safest option for my individual situation because I wanted my teeth to be as white as possible in the shortest amount of time possible. In this case, I opted for Philips Zoom teeth whitening.
I asked my dental hygienist if there was any risk of my teeth looking funny or ending up glowing in the dark like Ross on Friends when he got his teeth laser whitened in one episode. She knew exactly what I was talking about, laughed, and assured me that this would not be the case!
First, I got a regular cleaning. Then, my dental hygienist took impressions of my teeth in order to have individualized trays made for maintenance. After that, she applied a gel to my teeth and I sat with my teeth under a laser light. There was a device inserted into my mouth to keep my teeth exposed to the light. I believe this happened in four intervals of 15 minutes (this was around nine years ago, so my memory of the exact timing may be bit off). While all of this was going on, I watched a DVD, so that made it fun. The procedure was painless and relatively fast.
After the in-office procedure, my dentist sent me home with trays and whitening gel. I used this immediately following the office visit until the gel was finished.
While I was thrilled with the end result, I will say that I didn’t like how my teeth looked immediately after leaving the dentist’s office. They were a bit too white and streaky, kind of like streaky nail polish. I was assured that this was something that would work itself out, and it did. My teeth quickly faded and blended into the perfect shade of white for me. I love the result!
I now maintain my whitening every quarter with my trays and the gel. I order the gel from either my dentist or Amazon. I do experience a bit of sensitivity when whitening (but it’s not that bad), so I always use a toothpaste made for sensitive teeth (see above).
See my video for more on How I Keep My Teeth White!