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Nothing makes a good first impression like a dazzling smile, but the full effect is difficult to accomplish if the glow of your smile is marred by the yellow stains between your teeth. Even though a trip to the dentist isn't on top of most people's list of fun things to do, a good professional cleaning is the best way to get rid of those yellow stains. In the meantime, a few simple lifestyle changes can help restore the dazzle to your pearly whites.
Minimize yellow stains and polish the area between your teeth by flossing thoroughly at least once every day. The type of floss doesn't matter, so choose the floss you're most comfortable with, either waxed or unwaxed, flavored or unflavored, or wide or narrow ribbon. Water picks are not a good substitute for regular flossing.
Brush your teeth at least once every day. Use a regular fluoride toothpaste and avoid whitening toothpastes, as the chemicals and abrasive substances can damage the enamel of your teeth if you use them over a period of years. Brush your teeth with a soft toothbrush, which will do a better job at cleaning the spaces between your teeth. Get a new toothbrush every one to three months, as older toothbrushes are not only less productive, but breed bacteria.
Add a daily mouthwash to your routine. Mouthwashes containing fluoride will help to prevent cavities, but antimicrobial mouthwash will do a better job at getting rid of the yellow deposits between your teeth.
Rinse your mouth with clear water every time you drink coffee, tea or red wine, which can stain your teeth. If you smoke, try to stop, as cigarettes are full of tar and other tooth-staining substances.
Avoid attempting to remove yellow stains between your teeth by using baking soda, as the baking soda will lose its abrasive quality very quickly when it comes in contact with water.
Avoid harsh abrasives, which may temporarily lighten your teeth, but can damage the enamel surface.