Beautiful, white teeth can boost your confidence and help you to make a great first impression — but how can you get your desired smile? It may be simpler than you think. With the following changes, you may be on track to a brighter, whiter smile.
Reassess your oral healthcare regimen.
Are you getting the most out of your dental healthcare routine? Chances are that there is more you can do to ensure your teeth are in good health. And with good oral health comes a beautiful white smile. First, make sure you’re brushing twice a day—and brushing correctly! Move your toothbrush in small, tooth-wide strokes focusing on each individual tooth and the surrounding gums. Also, be certain that you’re getting the chewing surfaces, your tongue, and all the hard to reach spaces! In addition to twice-daily brushing, be sure that you’re flossing at least once every night, and add in mouthwash for good measure! This will help you to prevent gingivitis that would otherwise leave a yellow residue along the gum line.
Eliminate stain-causing foods from your diet.
While this can be difficult, it can also prove to be the most effective in giving you beautiful white teeth! We all know coffee and teas are the worst offenders, but there are other foods and drinks that may be impacting your teeth as well. For example, you may want to skip the citrus fruits, such as oranges and grapefruits. You’ll also want to avoid tomato sauce, soy sauce, and curry if possible. Of course, you’ll also want to avoid foods/beverages that are high in sugar content—including hard candies, soft drinks, etc.—as these can cause decay and discoloration over time. On the occasions that you do indulge, try sipping these drinks with a straw—it will lessen the amount of time the liquids can remain on your teeth. Also, if you brush your teeth immediately after any of these foods (preferably within 20 minutes of the first bite), you can remove the residue before it leaves a stain.
Even for the most avid brushers, cigarettes can do serious damage to the teeth and gums. Nicotine, while colorless, actually creates a yellowish stain when coming into contact with oxygen. Additionally, tar can cause a black and brown discoloration on your teeth. By imbedding in the nooks and crannies on the surface of your teeth, these ingredients can cause tough stains that are very difficult to remove.
Schedule a teeth whitening.
While the above steps will certainly help you to prevent further stains, you may find professional whitening will help you get a fresh new start! At Countryside Dental Group, we offer professional in-office service that will eliminate tough stains. With our simple, pain-free technique using a hydrogen peroxide gel, your teeth can be significantly whiter within an hour!
If you’d like to learn more about our in-office whitening procedure, or want to take the next step toward a healthier, more beautiful smile, call Countryside Dental to schedule an appointment today!