Keeping Teeth White and Bright

Your smile is usually the first thing someone notices about you. Though it can be difficult to keep it white sometimes, there are some simple tricks you can implement throughout your day to help the cause. A white and bright smile is a great start to any day and can give you the confidence you need.

The first and most important part of having white teeth is having a great oral hygiene routine. Plaque is a sticky film that can hold stain-causing debris close to your teeth. Since plaque can form just hours after cleaning it, it is important to brush your teeth two to three times per day. Two times is the minimum, but a third time in the middle of the day will help keep plaque away. Also, flossing every day will help get rid of plaque that can stain the sides of your teeth. When surface stains penetrate your enamel, they darken the dentin and turn the overall color of your tooth darker or yellowish; so make sure you are brushing!

Avoiding certain dark foods and liquids will also help avoid staining, However, that is not always possible. Instead, try drinking dark liquids through a straw so that your teeth are not exposed to the liquid for nearly as long. Also, when you do consume dark foods like blueberries, soy sauce, or cola, rinse your mouth out afterwards. Wait at least thirty minutes before brushing; as some foods leave acid on the teeth that can erode enamel when brushed.

Baking soda is a well-known way to whiten teeth; however, it could actually be darkening them. Baking soda is very abrasive so it could wear away enamel. When the enamel disappears, this will show more of the dentin, which can make your tooth appear darkened. In addition, acidic drinks like energy drinks can do the same thing.

Stains can also be caused by built-up bacteria, so when brushing, remember to brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth. Also replace your toothbrush every three months or sooner if the bristles are becoming worn. This will make sure you are getting the best brushing and also make sure you are not introducing more bacteria into your mouth.

In addition to a great home care routine, visiting your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings will help keep your teeth white and bright. Dentists can clear away and point out any hard-to-reach places you may be missing when you brush at home.

For a kick-start to whiter teeth, professionally supervised whitening systems are ideal. Your dentist will know which route to go for your specific case and will make sure the process is safe.

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