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Achieve A Whiter, Brighter Smile in the Comfort of Your Own Home
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Oral health is a vitally important, but often overlooked, aspect of an individual’s general health and appearance. Although genetics play a role in how susceptible one is to many oral conditions, simple oral care can prevent or reduce most common oral conditions. In 2015, approximately 30% of adults in the USA reported that the condition of their mouth and teeth were fair with 20% stating that they experienced mild to severe anxiety due to the condition of their mouths.
As women we often neglect our own health and well-being while trying to juggle a demanding career with family responsibilities. We are aware of what we need to do to maintain good oral health but finding even a few minutes of alone-time each day to engage in these fundamental activities can be hard. Having a bright smile is not only a sign of good oral health but can contribute tremendously to boosting ones confidence by making you feel beautiful and desirable. Cosmetic dentistry is fast gaining popularity, as are home remedies and techniques that will help you achieve a beautiful, confident smile.
Whitening strips, gel and toothpaste
There is a wide range of whitening strips available on the market that generally retail for under $50 that are very easy to use in conjunction with other whitening products such as toothpaste and mouthwash. While whitening strips are extremely convenient, especially for busy moms, some users have experienced slight sensitivity after usage. If you experience any discomfort after use, seek advice from your dentist if you feel concerned. Similar to the strips, whitening gels and toothpastes can improve the appearance of your teeth leaving your smile brighter and whiter than ever before.
Coconut oil and peppermint leaf
Coconut oil mixed with mashed peppermint leaves is a newer remedy for teeth whitening. Like with apple cider vinegar, coconut oil is not an immediate solution for a whiter smile and works best when used over a prolonged period of time. Unlike the methods that contain baking soda, this one is completely safe and non-abrasive and should be used daily for optimal results. The coconut oil will also improve your general oral health and is great in healing receding and inflamed gums.
Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda are old remedies for yellow teeth. This remedy is fast-acting, easy and convenient – everything you need when while trying to balance a hectic lifestyle. By simply combining one part of baking soda with two parts of hydrogen peroxide to form a paste you are left with a substance that can easily be used as toothpaste. Don’t use the remedy more than 3 times a week as overuse of baking soda can deteriorate your tooth enamel.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a common household item with countless uses which includes acting as a natural whitening agent. Combine one part baking soda with two parts apple cider vinegar you can form a paste to brush your teeth with. Alternatively, you can add a few drops of water to render a liquid that you can rinse your mouth with. You can also avoid using baking soda altogether and simply rinse your mouth or gargle with the apple cider vinegar.
While most women yearn for a beautiful smile we are often deterred by the processes involved in obtaining it. The above methods will help you significantly in obtaining the smile you have always desired and will leave you feeling more confident than ever before. It is recommended to always discuss any home remedies with your dental practitioner before engaging on something which may prove to be detrimental to your oral health.
Are you a coffee, wine, or tea drinker who is, perhaps, embarrassed by your 'not-so-white teeth?' Well, the holiday season is upon us, and you will most likely be invited to a festive bash or two. No doubt you will be flashing a smile or two at these gatherings. Why not banish those stains right now and get your teeth their whitest?
A dazzling smile does not have to cost a lot. It all begins with the perfect whitening toothpaste. I use Luster Power White Deep Stain Eraser® Fluoride Toothpaste, a two-in-one whitening toothpaste that cleans and freshens breath with zero tooth sensitivity. It removes up to 95% of surface stains in only 5 days for a 2X whiter, brighter smile than the leading brand. The enamel-safe, sulfate free formula is the only toothpaste on the market containing 2% stabilized peroxide.
Besides using Luster Power White Deep Stain Eraser® Fluoride Toothpaste, below are some tips to help you keep your teeth their whitest:
- Rinse your mouth with water right after drinking your morning latte or chai so the pigments don’t sit on your teeth for hours. Did you know that tea in particular contains tannic acid that makes tooth enamel more porous and thus prone to staining? (Better yet, brush your teeth immediately.)
- Use a straw - it’s a simple way to drink your coffee without it getting on your teeth
- And to eliminate stains that are already present: change your daily toothpaste to a whitening formula that contains fluoride. That way, you’ll remove stains while still getting the oral care benefits of a traditional dental whitening process.
I don't drink coffee or tea, but I do drink a lot of Pepsi, so my teeth benefit beautifully from this amazing whitening toothpaste!
For more information on Luster Power White Deep Stain Eraser® Fluoride Toothpaste go to: www.lusterpremiumwhite.com
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
You’ve heard about color-correcting techniques when it comes to hair and makeup (purple shampoo neutralizes brassiness in blond hair, green concealer hides red face spots). But you probably haven’t heard about using it to whiten yellowish teeth.
POPWHITE is a brand new toothpaste and mouthwash that does just that—corrects yellow stains on your teeth with its unique purple formula. It’s a new and natural way to whiten teeth without sensitivity.
Popwhite’s peroxide-free Primer (toothpaste) and Toner (oral rinse) whiten, brighten, polish and clean teeth while freshening breath with peppermint oil, Xylitol and Coconut Oil. POPWHITE’s color formulas are FDA approved, and the products are vegetarian, cruelty-free, made in the USA and available for $24 each ($36 for both) at www.PopWhiteSmile.com.
POPWHITE has introduced a revolutionary, patented and clinically validated technology to whiten teeth using color science, not peroxide.
The beauty industry already relies on color science; to neutralize a color, make-up artists add the undesired color’s complement (the opposite color on the color wheel). Many skincare concealers, CC (color correcting) creams and hair color care products are designed around the fact that complementary colors, when mixed, cancel each other out. Inspired by the art and science of beauty, POPWHITE was born when an innovative makeup artist and an experienced dental scientist had the bright idea to whiten smiles naturally with premium oral care products built around an exclusive purple formula.
POPWHITE Whitening Primer is a multi-benefit toothpaste that whitens, brightens, polishes and cleans teeth while freshening breath with peppermint oil and reducing plaque and tartar. The Primer preps the teeth for POPWHITE Whitening Toner, a multi-benefit oral rinse that enhances dental whitening and brightening, adds sheen, deeply freshens breath with peppermint oil and reduces plaque and tartar. The Primer and Toner Power Duo should be used together, twice a day, every day.
Clinical trials demonstrate that POPWHITE Primer and POPWHITE Toner, when used together twice a day for fourteen days, whiten teeth an average of four shades.
POPWHITE’s color formulas are FDA approved and the products are dentist recommended. The Primer and Toner are further enhanced by Xylitol and Coconut Oil, multi-tasking powerhouses which protect dental enamel and promote glossy bright teeth.
Conventional dental whitening products rely on peroxide, a bleach which may affect enamel structure and cause sensitivity. POPWHITE is peroxide free.
In addition, to meet the growing demand for fluoride free oral care, POPWHITE’s Primer and Toner are fluoride free. If preferred, a ribbon of fluoride toothpaste may be added on top of the Primer before brushing. The Power Duo is vegetarian, cruelty free and made in the USA.
About World Smile Day
World Smile Day® is celebrated on the first Friday in the month of October every year. The idea of World Smile Day was coined and initiated by Harvey Ball, a commercial artist who created the Smiley Face in 1963. The World's first World Smile Day was held in the year 1999 and has been held annually since. The day is is meant to encourage smiles and acts of kindness around the world.
Sometimes busy parents have to steal a kiss whenever they can. And a date night? What is that? Do I even have time to properly get ready for that rare occasion with my spouse? Not really. That is when a Quickee comes in handy. No, not that kind of a quickie! A fresh, clean kiss-ready mouth kind of 'quickie.'
What is this Quickee I speak of? A quick fix and small enough to fit in your pocket or clutch, the Supersmile Quikee ensures you'll have a dazzling smile and fresh breath at all times! Now with more whitening power, this anytime, anywhere NO BRUSH/NO RINSE whitening tooth polish conveniently and effectively removes stains and freshens breath.
Simply put a little Quikee gel on your tongue, rub it over your teeth and you'll be ready for that rare, date-night kiss! It's available for $18.00 at supersmile.com.
For more information go to: http://www.supersmile.com/store/quikee-icy-mint
Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product to review. All opinions are mine.
Ah, Spring is in the air! Why not welcome this new warmer season with the brightest smile ever? Colgate Optic White has just launched their fastest whitening toothpaste to date, giving users whiter teeth in just three days! No costly procedures or time consuming treatments needed.
- New Express White is Colgate’s fastest whitening toothpaste ever.
- Breakthrough formula offers whiter teeth in 3 days* just by brushing.
- Goes beyond surface stains to deeply whiten with the professionally recommended whitening ingredient, hydrogen peroxide.
- Contains 2x the whitening ingredient.**
- Safe for daily use. Protects enamel and provides anti-cavity fluoride protection.
- Stain Erasing Cups
- Work with your toothpaste to help effectively remove surface stains for a naturally whiter smile.
- Polishing Spiral Bristles
- Help whiten teeth by polishing away surface stains and clean hard to reach areas.
- Cheek and Tongue Cleaner
- Comfortably removes odor-causing bacteria.
I have been using NEW Colgate’s Fastest Whitening Toothpaste as well as the Colgate® 360® Optic White® Toothbrush for three days now and I can honestly say that my teeth are much whiter already! I love Colgate products.
To learn more about Colgate® 360® Optic White® products go to: http://www.colgateopticwhite.com/
Disclaimer: I was sent samples of these products to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
COLGATE® OPTIC WHITE® INTRODUCES THREE NEW PRODUCTS FOR A BRIGHTER, WHITER SMILE
Whitening That is Convenient and Affordable
Colgate® introduces a new breakthrough product to the Optic White line, Colgate® Optic WhiteTM Toothbrush + Whitening Pen. The toothbrush contains a built-in whitening pen for convenient whitening. It’s as simple as BRUSH.WHITEN.GO.™
Brush: Brush as you normally would with your toothpaste.
Colgate Optic White Introduces Three New Products for a Brighter, Whiter Smile!
Whitening That is Convenient and Affordable
- Brush: Brush as you normally would with your toothpaste.
- Whiten: Turn dial at bottom of pen and apply gel. It takes only seconds to apply and adhere to your teeth. No waiting, no rinsing.
- Go: Store pen inside brush
A clinical study shows that using the Colgate® Optic White TM Toothbrush + Whitening Pen twice daily will help users achieve whiter teeth in 2 days.
Use with new Colgate® Optic White® PLATINUM Whiten and Protect™ Toothpaste and Colgate® Optic White® WhiteSeal™ Mouthwash for whitening results even faster – brush, rinse, whiten and go – for whiter teeth in 1 day!
My Experience: I have been using this amazing trio of Colgate Optic White products for almost two weeks now. I absolutely love the convenient new tooth whitening pen that stores inside the handle of my toothbrush. It makes it quick and easy to simply brush it onto my teeth after brushing with the PLATINUM Whiten and Protect™ Toothpaste.
I love using the mouthwash, too. My mouth feels so clean after using these products and I am seeing a new white gleam to my teeth. My entire family loves Colgate Optic White products!
To learn more about Colgate Optic White go to: http://www.colgateopticwhite.com/
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
Ready to Dazzle your Valentine with your Sexy Smile?
Get an instantly whiter smile after just one brushing with Luster NOW!
Developed by dentists with Bluverite technology for the optical effect of whiter teeth, Luster NOW! gives you instant results that last for hours. With everyday use, Luster NOW! helps remove surface and deep stains, all while keeping your breath fresh.
Luster Premium White NOW! Instant White Toothpaste~ Instant whitening that lasts for hours!
Enamel Safe Happy Mint Flavor 3 Convenient Tubes for Home, Travel & On-the-Go! And, with a convenient 3 pack, keep one tube in your bathroom, one at work, and one for travel for instant whitening any time.
My Experience: I received a sample of Luster Premium White NOW! to review. I absolutely love the minty freshness that keeps my breath smelling great for hours! I use it to brush twice per day, or even more during this nasty flu season because it helps to kill bacteria. The best thing about Luster Premium White NOW! is that my teeth are at least two shades whiter after using it for a month. I love it!
Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
Are your teeth looking a bit grungy lately? Perhaps a bit yellowish? Colgate has created the perfect solution to achieve a beautiful, whiter smile in just one week! Colgate' Optic White™ Regimen makes it convenient and effective to achieve whiter teeth in just five days. This breakthrough whitening system features Colgate's best-selling toothpaste, Optic White®, along with the new Colgate® Optic White™ Mouthwash and Colgate® 360° Optic White® Power Toothbrush.
Teeth Whitening 101
1 . Use a Colgate® 360°® Optic White® toothbrush
2 . Brush regularly with Colgate® Optic White® toothpaste for a whiter smile*
3 . Rinse with Colgate® Optic White® mouthwash
Your teeth will be more than 3 shades* whiter for a noticeably brighter smile. Results start in 1 week
Colgate-Palmolive sent me samples of their Colgate® Optic White Dual Action Toothpaste, Colgate® Optic White™ Mouthwash and Colgate® 360° Optic White® Power Toothbrush to review.
My Experience: I have been brushing my teeth with the Colgate Optic White Dual Action Toothpaste for about two weeks now. It leaves my breath so minty and fresh. I have really started to notice how white my teeth are getting. It is amazing! I brush with my Colgate 360° Optic White Power Toothbrush morning and night. It has tiny rubber whitening cups that hold the toothpaste in place and polishing bristles that remove stains in hard to reach areas. It also has a cheek and tongue cleaner to remove yucky plaque and bacteria. I love the Optic White™ Mouthwash. I use it after brushing every night. It is the perfect final step in my teeth-whitening regimen. I swish it around for 60 seconds. Its unique formula actually foams up in my mouth to help
To learn more about Colgate’s Optic White products go to: http://www.colgateopticwhite.com/
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.