NEW ‘upgrade-your-smile’ regime

NEW ‘upgrade-your-smile’ regime

Dr. Uchenna Okoye reveals 6 smile rules that can brighten your teeth


Dr Uchenna Okoye

Dr Uchenna Okoye is the Oral-B Smile Director. She is also the Clinical Director of London Smiling Dental Group and one of an elite group of dentists with membership in both the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

RULE 1: WHITE IS RIGHT

If it will stain a white shirt, it will stain your teeth, so try to limit foods like curry, red wine, coffee and tea. Or, drink through a straw when it’s appropriate.

RULE 2: EAT STRAWBERRIES

Strawberries are one red food that won’t stain your teeth. In fact, these tasty berries contain a natural ingredient called malic acid that is said to dissolve surface stains.

RULE 3: GO FOR COFFEE OVER TEA

According to Dr Uchenna, tea is actually worse than coffee when it comes to staining your teeth. ‘Think of the stains left in a china cup when you drink tea. It’s the tannin in tea that leaves a mark. Plus, this also applies to peppermint tea and green tea too; these both have high levels of tannin.’

RULE 4: DRINK LOTS OF WATER

Drinking water isn’t just good for your skin, it helps produce more saliva which helps prevents stains from settling on your teeth. ‘Saliva helps you keep a healthy mouth. So eat foods that have a crunch like apples, cucumber, celery and carrot - the more crunchy the food, the more saliva your mouth produces,’ explains Uchenna. If you’re enjoying a glass of red wine, try drinking a glass of water in between every glass to help rinse your mouth.

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RULE 5: USE A BLUE-BASED LIPSTICK

Another top tip is to choose the right shade of lipstick to give your teeth an added sparkle. A blue-based lipstick, such as a plum colour, will counteract yellowness in the teeth.

RULE 6: AVOID STICKY FOODS

Most chewy foods, like popcorn, candy, and some carbohydrates are not only high in sugar but they stick to the grooves of your teeth, creating stains. But what if you do indulge in a sticky treat? Don’t forget to floss, there’s nothing more unflattering than the stains that build up in between teeth. Dr Uchenna recommends trying Oral–B 3D White Dental Floss, RRP £3.99

Uchenna’s Top Tip: Use a whitening toothpaste or shine inducing toothpaste like Oral-B 3D White Luxe Pearl Shine RRP £3.99 before you eat anything that could stain your teeth as it helps shield teeth from stains.

Your verdict on Oral-B 3D White Luxe Pearl Shine – from splash90: “I've been using this toothpaste for two months now it leaves my mouth feeling so clean and has definitely improved the whiteness.”

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I have been prescribed a Liquid iron supplements it discolour my teeth; however, the stain is only temporary, using my old tooth pasta didn't help, but since using Oral-B toothpaste and Oral B Pro Electric Toothbrush has really help me a lot.

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Since I have been using the Oral-B Pro 4000 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush with the oral B pro toothpaste I have seen such a difference with my teeth. I get that fresh clean feeling all day long my teeth have got a few shades brighter and people have noticed and asked what have I been using. This sure is the best toothbrush and paste I have used. And reading some of the tips I will be trying some of them out. Gives me more confidence and know I have fresh breath and a glowing smile.

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