Brush and FlossProper oral hygiene is the first step to keeping your teeth healthy and clean. Brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily helps to remove leftover food particles, keeps plaque down and eliminates detrimental bacteria that could otherwise lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing can also help to minimize staining.
Quit SmokingSmoking has the potential to do quite a bit of damage to your smile. Nicotine and tobacco can quickly stain your teeth, turning them from brilliant white to yellow. But not only can smoking, or using any other tobacco product, stain your teeth, it also poses a health risk to your gums. Smoking restricts blood flow to your gums, which can lead to gum recession and increases your chances of developing gum disease.
Limit Beverages that Can Stain
Certain beverages - such as coffee, tea and red wine - can stain your teeth. These stains, like tobacco stains, can penetrate under the enamel, and are very difficult to remove. You can avoid stains by sipping these drinks through a straw, or following them with a glass of water.
Speaking of water, drinking water can help your smile to be healthier. Water keeps you hydrated, which helps your saliva flow. Saliva is important because it not only washes away leftover food particles, it contains proteins that kill bacteria that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. The water itself can also help to wash away food particles and bacteria.
If you really want to get a white smile, consider using a whitening product. There are many to choose from, so do some research. There are whitening toothpastes or you can have custom trays made at your dentist's office. Your dentist can also do a whitening treatment.
Visit the DentistVisiting your dentist at least twice a year can ensure a healthy, beautiful smile. Your dentist not only cleans your teeth, he checks your teeth for signs of tooth decay and gum disease.
With the proper preparation, you will have your smile photo ready in no time. Please contact our office if you have any questions about your smile.