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Shine Bright Like a Diamond: My Secrets to Sparkling White Teeth

One of my Instagram videos went viral, and because of that, I have had many comments and questions about my teeth. The funniest comments have been from people who are certain my teeth are veneers or they are convinced my teeth are dentures and look fake. The purpose of writing this blog is to publicly say, my teeth are 100% natural and my own.

And to those people who commented that they would like to know what I do to maintain such white teeth, please read on.

My dental routine has always been something I enjoyed spending the time doing because I love the feeling of clean teeth. I’ll share the steps I take to clean my teeth and what I do in between cleaning and how to keep them as white as possible. Take from this list what you like but remember consistency is key. Cleaning your teeth daily is a must!

First thing in the morning I scrap my tongue with this basic tongue scraper and then I brush to freshen up my mouth. After all meals I will floss, use a water pick then brush. I do this twice a day, at least.

Brushing your teeth regularly is a no-brainer, but we have to start with the basics. If you're not brushing your teeth at least twice a day, you're setting yourself up for some serious dental problems over time. My favorite toothpaste is by Hello and it is a charcoal toothpaste. It may take some time to get used to the charcoal color. It feels counterintuitive but it works to brighten and whiten teeth.

From time to time I will use Crest Whitening Strips. You have be sure to follow directions and not use them too long or too much as they can cause teeth and gum sensitivity. You might want to check with your dentist to make sure it is safe your your individual dental health. Using whitening strips is not a substitute for cleaning!

Use a toothbrush with soft bristles. It's like a little massage for your gums. If you use a hard-bristled brush, you'll feel like you're scraping your teeth with a wire brush and could actually cut your gums. Ouch!

Consider using a soft toothbrush that is made out of recycled plastic which has less of an impact on the environment, reduces waste and is better for the environment. I like using bamboo toothbrushes. You could try toothbrushes with a replaceable head or ones made out of recycled plastic.

Next, floss daily. Yes, you might think it’s a pain, but it's worth it. Think of all the food particles and germs you're removing from between your teeth. Floss even the back molars. Every tooth counts! My go-to floss is Vegan Biodegradable Bamboo Charcoal Floss with a refillable stainless steel container.

The third step in my dental routine is using a