A bright smile exudes confidence, improves your appearance and makes a great first impression. However, teeth can stain and discolor over time for a number of reasons, including the natural aging process, eating habits and poor lifestyle choices. At Schererville Family Dentistry, we want you to enjoy a bright smile all year long. To help, we’ve compiled five easy tips to help you maintain white, healthy teeth throughout the year.
1. Avoid foods that stain
Certain foods and drinks are more likely to stain your teeth than others. These include red wine, brown soda, soy sauce, berries, curry sauce and black tea. Limiting foods and beverages with dark pigments can go a long way toward protecting your teeth from stains and discoloration over time. Likewise, eating a piece of crunchy fruit or raw vegetables at the end of a meal or as a snack can help remove buildup from the surface of teeth.
2. Put an end to smoking
There are many health benefits that ensue when you quit smoking, including improvements in oral health. Since teeth are naturally porous, the nicotine and tar present in tobacco penetrate them and cause yellowing and discoloration of the enamel. Talk to your doctor for advice on how to stop smoking — your teeth and body will thank you.
3. Exercise good oral hygiene
Twice-daily tooth brushing is an important way to keep teeth healthy and remove any surface stains. To maximize your brushing power, use a dentist-recommended whitening toothpaste to help minimize stains over time. Flossing daily also helps remove staining food particles and plaque from between teeth and along the gum line.
4. Rinse after meals
Brushing after you eat is the best choice, but it isn’t always possible. When you can’t get to your toothbrush, opt for water instead. Swishing it in your mouth is an effective way to dislodge bacteria and rinse away residue from the teeth.
5. Talk to your dentist about professional whitening
If you want to keep your teeth looking and feeling great, visiting your dentist is one of the best ways to do so. Routine dental cleanings help remove harmful tartar and surface stains from your teeth that regular brushing can’t reach.
Schererville Family Dentistry also offers professional whitening, including in-office whitening and take-home trays. In-office whitening treatments are a great option for patients who desire immediate results. We use a safe, professional-grade whitening agent to brighten teeth by several shades in a single office visit. Patients notice significant results by the end of the treatment.
We also offer take-home whitening trays that allow patients to brighten their teeth from the comfort of home. We custom-fit the trays to your teeth and provide a powerful whitening solution to deliver noticeably whiter teeth over the course of several days.
It’s not uncommon for teeth to become dull and discolored over time. The good news is you can reduce stains by adopting healthy habits and committing to good oral hygiene. If you have questions about how to minimize stains or if you would like to learn more about professional whitening, contact our office. We are happy to help!