White teeth matter
Teeth are an important part of your cosmetic appearance. They are part of your face and provide a first impression to the people you meet.
The foods you eat and drink can lead to surface stains on your teeth and over time can diminishing your pearly whites. To help you maintain a long lasting brighter smile, we have some tips to help you along.
1. Avoid strong colored food and beverages
Extrinsic stains can result from a buildup of colored compounds on the tooth enamel. Consumption of food and beverages such as red wine, beets, tea and coffee are known to contribute to teeth discoloration. Extrinsic stains can effectively be reduced by brush your teeth right after consuming those types of foods and beverages.
2. Change your toothbrush regularly
The bristles on your toothbrush can get frayed and broken with routine usage. Therefores, the American Dental Association, recommends you change your toothbrush every three to four months.
3. Brush your teeth using baking soda
Studies show that sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) is effective in removing yellow intrinsic tooth stains, so use it as part of your weekly routine and soon your teeth will appear visibly brighter.
4. Floss your teeth
The American Dental Association recommends you floss your teeth daily. Flossing helps remove plaque and can prevent cavities.
5. Clean your tongue
Use a tongue scraper every morning to remove and freshen your breath. Daily scraping will subdue the buildup of bacteria and help banish some of the causes of bad breath.
6. Eat fruits and vegetables
Fruits and veggies are good for your health and teeth. They are high in water and fiber and help to clean your teeth. Chewing also stimulates saliva production, which washes harmful acids and food particles away from your teeth.
7. Gargle with apple cider vinegar
Gargling with apple cider vinegar helps remove stains and kills bacteria in your mouth and on your gums.
8. Mouth Wash
An alcohol-free mouthwash can help reduce plaque, gingivitis, bad breath and tooth decay.
9. Brush your teeth in the AM and PM
When you brush your teeth, you help remove food and plaque. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day.
10. Avoid tobacco
Tobacco can stain your teeth and it is bad for your health.
If you feel self-conscious about your tooth color, you might smile less. Getting whiter teeth can boost your confidence and improve your life.
Guru Dentistry of Irvine offers advanced dentistry in a relaxed, caring atmosphere. Our philosophy is to treat you with gentle friendly care and offer you prompt appointments that respect your time. To schedule an appointment call our our Irvine dental office at (714) 557-7744 or book an appointment online.