Your Inside Guide to Teeth Whitening 

When we first meet somebody, we can’t help but notice the way their smile reaches their eyes and lights up every feature. Although all smiles are infectious, a brighter, whiter version can make even better impression.


We all want to be the proud owner of a beautiful smile - but, sometimes, it can be hard to find the time to put whiter, cleaner teeth at the top of our list of priorities. Well, we’ve got news for you: achieving your best smile is actually easier than you might think. It is possible to brush, floss and eat our way to a better smile by building a few simple tips and tricks into your everyday routine. 

How to achieve a whiter smile naturally


You’ve heard the saying ‘everything in moderation’. We’re all guilty of a sneaky red wine or a sweet treat every now and then, thinking a little extra here and there won’t have much of an impact on oral health. Sweet, acidic and strongly coloured foods may make your tastebuds dance, but they also lead to discolouration, decay and even cavities. While we’re not suggesting you kick wine, coffee, tea, fruit and soft drinks entirely, it’s good to keep an eye on your consumption and serving sizes.


What can I snack on instead?

When you start researching dental care and natural whitening, it can feel like all the food groups are against you, but it isn’t true. The following foods are great for your teeth, helping rid your mouth of plaque and promoting saliva generation:


  • Apples
  • Raw carrots
  • Raw broccoli
  • Strawberries
  • Nuts
  • Raisins
  • Pineapple


Whip up a trail mix, munch on a salad and make sure your daily snacks include plenty of fruit and vegetables. Look after your body and you’ll look after your teeth!


Any more tips?

If you can’t say no to a tall glass of OJ or a pinot noir, enjoy your beverage and rinse your mouth out with water afterward. You’ll wash at least some of the remnant acid away.


Why shouldn’t I eat dark foods?

Because teeth are porous, they retain the natural dyes within richly coloured foods and drinks. Of course, provided you’re brushing and flossing regularly, a sachet of soy sauce won’t hurt with your next serve of sushi.

What about whitening toothpastes?


You may have noticed some whitening toothpastes on the supermarket shelves. Although ingredients can vary, most whitening toothpastes contain highly abrasive particles, designed to rid your teeth of unwanted stains. While you may think your teeth are becoming whiter, all you are really achieving is external stain-removal and the intrinsic colour of the tooth won’t change. If you do consider whitening toothpaste as your way to brighter teeth, rotate it with a normal toothpaste every six weeks.


You should also make sure that you team your whitening toothpaste with the right kind of toothbrush.  The Philips Sonicare range of electric toothbrushes use unique brush technology specifically designed to make teeth naturally 2 shades whiter in 1-2 weeks.


Looking to achieve your whitest smile yet?

Don’t be tempted to try over-the-counter tooth whitening treatments. If you’re serious about achieving a whiter smile, talk to a dental professional who will be able to advise you on the best course of action. Many dentists now offer Philips Zoom Teeth Whitening - a safe and effective professional tooth whitening treatment with a range of options to suit your needs and lifestyle. Choose from a quick 60 minutes in-chair treatment or take home custom tray whitening solution.


Simply use our Find a Dentist tool to find a Philips Zoom provider in your area.


Mythbusting: the truth about whitening claims


  • Lemons - once rumoured to be great for your teeth, citric acid is a nightmare for your enamel.
  • Store bought whitening gels - these are generally too weak to have any long term effects on your teeth and are not recommended. The most effective and safe way to whiten your teeth is through your dental professional.

Brushing for Whiter Teeth and Better Breath

A great oral hygiene plan is the best way to achieve a healthier, whiter smile over time. Toothpastes and diet changes aside, brushing twice a day, for at least two minutes per session will remove the bacteria and debris that may cause plaque and discolouration. Did you know bad breath and bad teeth are closely aligned? By paying attention to what goes in your mouth, rinsing after meals and giving your tongue some TLC, you’ll be well on your way to achieving your best smile yet. Want natural fast stain removal? The Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean will get you one step closer to the teeth you want in as little as one week.

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