White Teeth for the New Year
Many of us dream of having white teeth we can’t wait to show off, but at home whitening products can cause tooth sensitivity and damage our teeth if used inappropriately or too frequently. But if you’re determined to have a glowing white smile, there are a few other things you can do.
Here are five changes you can make to get a whiter smile. If you need a little extra whiteness-boosting, take advantage of our holiday teeth whitening special!
1. Cut out the stains.
Our teeth can absorb tint from certain foods and beverages we put in our mouths. If you’re constantly drinking dark liquids like red wine, colas, or coffee, you may find that your smile is dull and discolored. Other habits, such as smoking, can also cause staining on the teeth.
To reduce the stains, cut the drinks and cigarettes or drink these beverages through straws. Brushing immediately after consuming a stain-causing food or beverage can also reduce discoloration.
2. Clean with foods.
While certain foods can cause stains, others can help to prevent them. Foods that are firm or a bit rough can act like a toothbrush to scrub your teeth while you’re eating – which is perfect for when you’re unable to brush your teeth.
Foods like apples, celery, and popcorn can all act like a toothbrush when needed.
3. Change your toothbrush regularly.
When you use the same toothbrush for too long, you’re allowing bacteria to grow on the bristles. Don’t only can this be harmful to your health, but it can also prevent you from effectively removing stain causing debris.
You should aim to change your toothbrush every two or three months.
4. Brush with baking soda.
Baking soda can help to remove stains from your teeth and keep them glowing white. While some toothpastes come with baking soda already in the formula, you can use a bit of baking soda from the box about once a week for the same effect.
Simply dip your brush in baking soda and brush your teeth as usual.
5. Brush morning and night.
Dentists stress brushing twice a day, but the most important times to brush are first thing in the morning, when saliva has built up over night, and right before going to bed, when you have a full day of bacteria and plaque to clean off.
Develop a routine of brushing right when you get out of bed and then again right before you call it a night.
Maintaining a white smile doesn’t need to be difficult. With the right habits and proper cleanings, you can have a smile you’re proud to show off. Contact the Kansas City, MO cosmetic dentistry office of Dr. Anderson.