Having white teeth makes your smile brighter and more noticeable. Whether you like it or not, yellow teeth can dull your smile and worse, signal poor oral hygiene. If this is something you struggle with, know that you do not have to live with yellow, discolored teeth. In fact, there are steps you can take to prevent teeth discoloration and whiten your teeth.
Maintain Good Oral Hygiene
Good oral hygiene is critical to maintaining healthy and white teeth. Good oral hygiene entails following the advice you’ve been told ever since you were a child such as brushing your teeth after eating. This is especially true if you consume foods and drinks that stain your teeth. Brush thoroughly and be careful not to brush too vigorously. It’s best to use a soft-bristled toothbrush as the bristles are more flexible and bend easily to reach more areas; soft bristles are also less likely to break down your tooth enamel. In addition, flossing is also essential to good oral hygiene by preventing plaque buildup.
Buy Teeth-Whitening Products
There are many over-the-counter products that promise to whiten your teeth, but the easiest and most accessible is using a whitening toothpaste with fluoride. Enamel-safe whitening strips with peroxide can remove years of stain buildup and you can typically see results in as little as three days. Apply the strips once a day and leave them on for 30 minutes for best results.
Watch What You Eat and Drink
There are foods and drinks that stain and discolor teeth. The usual culprits are coffee, tea, wine, juices (such as beet juice and tomato juice), turmeric preparations, berries, and candies. It helps to consume them sparingly. If you must drink teeth staining drinks, try sipping through a straw. And as per your dentist’s advice, brush your teeth after every meal. There are also foods that naturally whiten teeth such as nuts, apples, strawberries, cheeses, and greens such as broccoli and cauliflower.
Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is conducive to good oral care. For example, drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes contributes to teeth discoloration. Common sense dictates that you should cut down smoking and drinking if you cannot quit them for good.
Have a Regular Dental Checkup
Going to the dentist for regular checkups and cleanings is also essential to good oral health. Before you try out any whitening product, make sure to consult your dentist. This goes for bleaching your teeth – you need to address cavities and plaque buildup before you endeavor to whiten your teeth. Whitening teeth is only secondary to maintaining a healthy mouth and teeth.
Plus, there are professional teeth whitening methods that give you longer-lasting results. A professional dentist will be able to effectively get rid of stains and give you expert advice on how to maintain your pearly whites.
Dentist in South Florida
The skilled dental team at My Pompano Dentist in Pompano Beach, Florida, is capable of delivering results with advanced teeth-whitening technology. Unlike DIY teeth whitening methods, we will whiten your teeth without harming your enamel. We utilize only the most effective and safest methods in our state-of-the-art facility in South Florida.
We believe in the power of a beautiful and healthy smile, and we are committed to giving you just that. We are conveniently located on NE 14th Street Causeway in Pompano Beach. We provide a relaxed environment for a comfortable visit to your dentist.
Our friendly staff welcomes you to our dental office. Give us a call at (954) 941-2412 to arrange a consultation or request an appointment now.