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Getting a great celebrity smile isn’t difficult to achieve if you have a regular routine and the right tools at hand. We’re not talking about visits to the dentist to get that smile whitened, just a few inexpensive products that will work wonders on your teeth and won’t won’t break the bank.

Avoid food/drinks that stain your teeth

Often a difficult step to achieve, although try to moderate the amount of food and drinks that could cost you that white smile. Some foods that stain the teeth include red wine, coffee, dark juices, beetroot, etc. A great rule to remember, is if the food or drink stains your tongue, then it will surely stain your teeth as well.

Try a whitening toothpaste

Using a whitening toothpaste will help to keep your teeth looking whiter for longer. Look for products with the ingredient ‘sodium monofluorophosphate’ which actively aids in removing stains on teeth, and if used regularly, will prevent tooth decay. Colgate Optic White ($5.99) toothpaste has a whitening formula which dentists use to whiten teeth, specialised for everyday use and used best in conjunction with your usual oral routine.

Eat ‘detergent foods’

Detergent foods help to prevent cavities and assist in cleaning our teeth while we eat. Some great examples would include apples, broccoli and lettuce. They work as a plaque barrier, to actively clean the teeth and prevent stains from other foods.

Staying consistent

Keeping to a regular oral hygiene routine will bring you sparkling white teeth in no time. Remember to brush twice a day, and of course never forget to floss your teeth. Flossing gets to the difficult places where brushing can’t always reach, and cleaning your tongue will eradicate bacteria which tends to spread around the mouth. Maintaining this routine is especially difficult for children, so why not try brushing your teeth at the same time, to make it easier for them to remember.

So those are our top tips to a whiter smile. How do you keep your teeth looking white and fresh?

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By Felicia Sapountzis