7 ways to whiten your teeth
SERVING GEORGETOWN, ROUND ROCK, AND AUSTIN, TEXAS
Posted: April 11, 2012
Ready for a brighter smile? Combine these tips with professional whitening and regular dental cleanings, and you will have a beautiful smile!
1. Use an electric toothbrush
A good quality electric toothbrush will not only clean your teeth and gums more effectively, it will also remove stain better than a manual toothbrush,(we recommend Philips Sonicare) especially when combined with a whitening toothpaste.
Flossing daily will help remove plaque and prevent gum disease.
3. Modify soda and other dark liquid consumption
One solution is to use a straw to drink them, which reduces exposure to stain.
Of course, it’s not exactly a classy way to enjoy a glass of red wine , so try a different solution–sip some water right after, and be sure to brush as soon as possible.
It also helps to drink your sodas and ice teas in a few minutes rather than sipping on them for hours.
4. Curb/quit smoking
. Smoking will take your teeth nowhere but the dark side. Cut back on (or cut out) smoking and the stain will go with it. Pipe stains can be especially tenacious.
5. Eat raw fruits and vegetables
Crunchy foods like raw apples and celery, and fruits like strawberries have natural stain-removal properties.
6. Keep up with your dental visits
Not only does your hygienist provide better oral health but they can get to areas you can’t reach.
Stay on schedule with your teeth cleaning and check up appointments before stain gets out of hand.
7. Start early
Age definitely contributes to staining of teeth. With the exception of internal stain due to antibiotics or other developmental reasons, external stain is a factor of our oral care and diet, and gets more stubborn over time.