White teeth are central to maintaining a winning smile, and only you can implement the right practices to ensure that they stay that way. The rewards can include enhanced appearances, self-confidence, and joyful self-expression.
Here are six simple steps to stay on top of the situation and keep your teeth whiter and brighter for many years to come.
Develop good hygiene habits
Keeping your teeth clean is an ongoing battle, which is why you need to develop good habits. Brushing twice daily will prevent plaque from developing into tartar. Meanwhile, flossing and using mouthwash should be considered key aspects of the daily ritual. You must pay attention to the condition of your toothbrush or brush heads. After all, attempting to clean your teeth with inadequate products will stop you from reaching all areas of the mouth. Floss daily, and us an anti-cavity mouthwash.
Change Dietary Habits
Some foods and drinks are prone to cause stains and discoloration. Key culprits include tea, coffee, and foods that are high in sugar. There are two main ways to overcome this issue. The first is to make simple dietary changes, such as drinking more water or eating fewer acidic foods. The second option is to start cleaning your teeth immediately after meals as this will wash away food particles that bacteria thrives on.
Food isn’t the only cause of stains. The chemicals found in tobacco cigarettes are well known for turning teeth yellow or brown. So, while there are many rewards to be gained from quitting cigarettes, promoting healthier teeth and a whiter smile is the one that will provide a great incentive. There are many forms of support out there ranging from groups to patches, hypnosis to e-cigarettes. Quit smoking, and you will notice a difference.
Use Home Whitening Products
As well as the right choice of a toothbrush and floss, you should invest in the right toothpaste. Opting for toothpastes with abrasive materials like calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate can help lift stains and restore natural whiteness. An alternative solution is to use at-home teeth whitening products that give the teeth a whiter appearance. Over the counter options are good, but a professional dentist provides the best ones. Come see Dr. Elena C. Puig for recommendations.
Visit Dr. Puig
Daily rituals and winning habits will provide the winning foundations for maintaining white and healthy teeth. However, you will still need a little support. Visiting our office twice per year for a professional dental cleaning and preventive exam from Dr. Puig is an essential step that will build upon the success of your home care to produce a truly glowing smile. This will take the whiteness and brightness to a far greater level than home treatments alone. Please contact us to schedule an appointment today!