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How to Whiten your Teeth at Home

Thereโ€™s nothing as attractive as a smile. But a smile that reveals a set of sparkling white teeth is quite alluring.

However, the food we eat and the beverages we drink can stop us from having snow-white teeth. This is because such foods and beverages tend to stain our teeth. Beverages like tea or coffee are well-known culprits in this. When your teeth get stained, your teeth assume varying shades of yellow or at the very worst brown!

 

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To get white teeth, most people go to dentists for a teeth whitening treatment. Some go for teeth whitening stripes. Most times, these methods are quite expensive.

Before you opt for these expensive teeth whitening treatments, you could try whitening your teeth using the some items you have in your kitchen cupboard? These natural methods of whitening your teeth are safe and have no known side effects but it is always safer to speak with your dentist before trying any of these methods.

So with the disclosure above out-of-the-way, here are some of the ways you can whiten your teeth at home.

 

Baking soda + lemon juice

Baking soda has been know to be a very useful item in your kitchen. It can perform a lot of wonders in the area of cooking and cleaning. When baking soda teams up with the juice of a lemon, it makes an effective teeth whitening paste.

Take some baking soda and mix it into a clean bowl. The baking soda you pour in the bowl should be enough to clear all your teeth and make them whiter. The next thing to do is to squeeze out the juice from half a lemon. The baking soda should come to the consistency of a paste. The baking soda will bubble but donโ€™t worry, itโ€™s pretty safe to use.

Apply the paste on your teeth with your finger or use your toothbrush and brush your teeth. Do this consistently for a couple of days and your teeth will be several shades whiter.

 

Brush with Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar is getting quite popular these days with its various health benefits and versatile uses. Apple Cider Vinegar can help whiten your teeth too. It is quite acidic which is good to help breakdown plaque and fight germs in your mouth.

Take some Apply Cider Vinegar, use it to brush your teeth everyday until you get your teeth to the desired shade. Make sure that you brush your teeth with your regular toothpaste immediately after brushing with Apple cider vinegar as the acids in the apple cider can be very strong and destroy the enamel.

 

 

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Strawberries

This is the most delicious solution to get white teeth. Strawberries have great teeth whitening ability and the mode of application is very simple. All you have to do is to mash-up about 5 strawberries. Apply the mashed strawberries on your teeth. Use your fingers to rub the mashed strawberries all over your teeth. With consistent use, your teeth will become whiter and whiter.

 

What do you think of these methods? Have you tried any?

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Male Grooming: Getting Your Regime Right

Looking after yourself is a good thing whether you are a man or woman, although it is still fairly new for the majority of guys. Things like male skin products, manscaping tools and male makeup are now readily available on the high street, but there is still a long way to go in terms of the offerings coming anywhere near to the wide variety of products available to women.

 

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If you’re a guy who likes to groom, or you feel like you want to start investing a little more in your aesthetic wellness, then these tips will be a really good starting point for your journey into self-care and styling:

 

Hair & Scalp

Wash your hair with the same stuff you wash your bits with? This won’t be the best for your hair or scalp because body washing products aren’t designed for hair or scalp care. There are lots of ways to give your scalp and hair extra love, which will in turn reward your with thicker better conditioned hair and a healthy scalp. Try to integrate these tips into your hair care routine:

  • Get a great haircut.
  • Pat your hair dry, don’t rub it, as your hair is more vulnerable when wet.
  • Avoid heated styling tools like a hairdryer or straighteners.
  • Try and avoid rinsing your hair in super hot water – if you want piping hot water enjoy it on your body not your hair as it strips essential oils from the hair.
  • Choose a stylist for any chemical treatments on your hair as home treatments can damage the hair greatly.
  • Use the right shampoo and conditioner – if you are unsure, ask your hair stylist.
  • Use a paddle brush to brush your hair when wet, or avoid brushing at all to avoid damage.
  • Get a trim every six weeks to get rid of split ends.
  • Massage your scalp regularly and avoid using any products that irritate it and cause dandruff.

 

Skin

A good diet and lots of water will benefit you from the inside out, but you can also improve your skin with some quick, cheap and easy changes to your current regime like these:

  • Use a great cleanser – your skin could have been exposed to a lot of harsh environments like super hot showers, polluted air in the city, wind or cold if you work or spend a lot of time outside, and possibly harsh wash products. Use a good cleanser to soothe, clean and clear the skin as well as moisturise it.
  • Use a really good quality razor as cheap ones can cause razor burn or encourage ingrown hairs. Use a wet razor that suits your skin, or consider using a good quality electric razor like the Braun Series 7.
  • Moisturise with a fragrance free moisturiser that is right for your skin. A skin consultation with a qualified skincare expert could be a good idea to help you find out your skin type and to understand which products are best for your skin.
  • Protect your skin with an SPF every single day. Even when we can’t see the sun, there are UV rays continually ageing and damaging our skin, whatever the weather. Using an SPF of 30 or higher will help keep your skin protected.

 

Facial Hair

Facial hair may not go beyond eyebrows for you, in which case threading or waxing every few weeks, or even just a bit of tweezing will help keep you looking groomed. However, you may have other facial hair to think about as well. If you have a beard, it is certainly a good idea to get into a habit of grooming it to stop it looking scruffy or bedraggled. Using beard oil, trimming your beard and combing it should keep it in good condition.

If you have stray hair coming out of your nose, or ears, this is a natural process of ageing, but that doesn’t make it particularly enjoyable to have. You can get special trimming scissors with rounded ends to manually snip away those sprouters. Alternatively an ear and nose hair trimmer might not be the most exciting purchase you have ever made, but it will be specially designed to quickly and conveniently get rid of those stragglers.

 

Teeth

A good general maintenance plan for the teeth is to brush twice a day for at least two minutes at a time, with a suitable toothbrush and toothpaste, as well as cutting down on bad habits that may damage the teeth and gums and visiting your dentist every 6 months or so alongside additional hygienist appointments as well. It may also be that you want to enhance the look of your teeth with cosmetic dentistry.

Within the last few years cosmetic dentistry has soared in popularity as procedures like adult teeth straightening, veneers and teeth whitening became more affordable and accessible to most budgets and lifestyles. There are many options for you if you would like to incorporate dental aesthetics into your lifestyle, but the first step is a consultation to discuss your wants, needs, budget, timescale and expectations, and to give you an examination to determine what is suitable for you. Under no circumstances is it a good idea to buy tooth whitening kits online, or to go to an unregistered salon to have your teeth whitened. This can cause various negative issues such as burning of the gums or long-term damage to the soft tissues in the mouth.

The amount of grooming you choose to do is personal to you but if you do want to ramp up your grooming game, there are many different options for you to enjoy and incorporate into your daily routine, just have fun with it and don’t be afraid to try different things out.

 

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Are You Happy With Your Teeth?

The importance of a beautiful smile cannot be over emphasized. A good set of teeth can do a lot to build up your self-esteem and a not so good set of teeth can destroy your self-esteem completely. Many people are so conscious about their teeth and it tends to affect the way they relate and interact with others, that is why having a beautiful smile should be a priority for each and every one of us.

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However, research shows that most of us are genuinely unhappy with our teeth. I took a survey on sheknows.com recently and the results were quite shocking. The survey confirmed that 75% of us are unhappy with our smile, leaving only 25% happy with their smile. I was quite surprised to discover the huge gap between the happy and unhappy folks. I used to be part of this 75% until a few years ago. I was happy with my smile but I just wanted pearly whites and decided to get it down. I will be needing top up very soon but it was one of the best things I ever did for ME. I thank the cast of TOWIE for inspiring me to get it done. If you watch TOWIE, you will know the entire cast have perfect, pearly white teeth and I just had to have it.

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I have also recently discovered the Inman Aligner; which is a removable orthodontic piece of equipment, designed to treat minor and moderate orthodontic cases, and I think it is a very discreet treatment for anyone looking to achieve a beautiful smile. It is a quick and painless method; treatement is usually completed in a matter of weeks, and it sorts out small gaps in the teeth, problems with bite, minor crowding and other issues. I think this is a great treatment for anyone struggling with their smile.

You need to take charge of your self-esteem and deal with issues affecting it. Sometimes you need to do somethings just for yourself. Your self-esteem and confidence will thank you for it, and with the so many new and painless methods now available to help achieve a beautiful smile, there is no reason to remain unhappy with your smile. I get the fact that it could be quite expensive for many but there are some things worth doing, regardless of the cost and this is one of them. You need to go out there and grab your beautiful smile. Having a beautiful smile is so stylish.

Are you happy with your smile? Sound off in the comment section. Thanks for reading and have a crazy Friday.

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