{ Beauty Tips For Whiter, Brighter Teeth }

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Happy Leap Day! February is Dental Health Month! Even though it’s the last day of the month, I’m going to share some of my favorite beauty tips for whiter, brighter teeth because maintenance is key.

So, whether we like it or not…first impressions are important and people can be judgey wudgy. A study shows that people were more likely to find success socially and professionally when they had whiter teeth.

I love coffee and red wine, but both are notoriously known for staining your pearly whites. Overtime, they can turn your teeth yellow, so I think maintenance is key….because you obvs aren’t going to get glistening white teeth after oil pulling one time. Um no. It doesn’t work like that.

Here are five tips for whiter, brighter teeth — and of course, I’m also going to share a tip for pups…dental health is super important for pets too. 

1. Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is an ancient aruyvedic technique. Honestly, oil pulling feels really gross the first time but the benefits outweigh the weirdness. Other than whitening your teeth, benefits include strengthening gums, reducing and preventing plaque build-up, helping with bad breath, and helping cure hangovers. All you need is organic cold-pressed coconut oil. I learned about the benefits and how to oil pull from this video from Leaf.tv

2. Swishing Water

Okay, I don’t know if this one actually works and I don’t remember where I read about this tip. But, it kind of makes sense to me. When I drink coffee and red wine I always have water on hand. Water keeps me hydrated and I like to swish it through my teeth. I like to think it helps rinse away the stains.

3. Crest White Strips

A friend of me told me Crest White Strips really whitened her teeth. I gave it a try and it worked drastically. The directions say you can use them daily, but they make my teeth feel sensitive. To prevent that, I apply Crest White Strips every other day or every three days. But, like everything on this list…it’s something I need to keep doing…or else my teeth will just re-stain from all the coffee and red wine.

4. Sipping With A Straw

Like 50% of the time, I have paper straws in my bag strictly for drinking coffee. If it’s hot, I let it cool down a bit before sipping. Dentists say it can prevent staining.

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5. For Pups: Merrick Brush Bones Grain-Free Dental Chew Dog Treats

Merrick Dental Chews are all-natural dental chews to clean dogs’ teeth and freshen breath, all in a tasty and digestible treat. I don’t give Maddie one entire bone  — I break it in half. These chews are grain-free and gluten-free. Combined with regular brushing, I find these chews to be the perfect treat to clean and freshen Maddie’s breath.

{ Puppy Tip: When Maddie was a puppy, her vet told me to put the toothbrush in her mouth without using toothpaste so she could start getting used to the feeling. Now, she totally doesn’t mind me brushing her teeth! }

Have any beauty tips for whiter, brighter teeth? Share in the comments below!

xx M

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All opinions are my own. Chewy.com provided  dog treats in exchange for an honest review.
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