Avoiding Certain Foods Can Lessen the Amount of Times Needed for Tooth Whitening
Yellow dental stains can be quite embarrassing for some and can have a dramatic effect on your smile. The truth is, there are many ways to have long-lasting, beautiful, pearly whites by maintaining good oral hygiene and adjusting certain lifestyle habits.
Tooth discoloration can be blamed on a variety of causes. Most people know that regular brushing everyday helps keep the plaque (and yellow stains) away. We’re taught from a young age about the importance of taking good care of our teeth. Yet, many people are surprised to learn how certain foods can leave an unwanted, lasting impression on their smiles.
Generally, if a certain food has the potential to stain the hands or clothes, it can also do the same for your teeth. Unfortunately, many of these foods are fairly common and widely enjoyed on a regular basis.
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Common Foods that Cause Dental Staining:
- Red wine
- Tomato sauce
- Fruity soft drinks
- Dark juices
- Soy sauce
You don’t have to stop eating the foods you love, but you can greatly improve the quality of oral health by making sure to rinse your mouth after eating potential stain-causing foods.
Certain fruits and vegetables actually work to gently scrub the teeth during chewing. Hard cheeses, apples, celery, and carrots (to name a few), have natural tooth whitening effects. They also help increase saliva production, which neutralizes harmful acids in the mouth.
Making Natural, White Teeth Last Longer
Good and effective cleaning habits are essential for helping your smile stay white and bright. Not only will it help your physical appearance, but it also helps shield the mouth from the harmful effects of cavities and gum disease.
Here are a few suggestions that help maintain a healthy oral cavity.
Drink Plenty of Water. The mouth cavity is filled with bacteria, both good and bad. Drinking water helps reduce the amount of harmful bacteria and neutralizes acids.
Use Mouthwash. By using an anti-bacterial mouth rinse solution twice a day, or after meals, you will also help rid the mouth of harmful decay-causing bacteria that destroys tooth enamel.
Use a Straw When Drinking. Using a straw pushes sugary, acidic or stain-causing drinks to the back of the mouth and keeps it away from the hard, protective layer of dental enamel.
Get Professional Dental Cleaning. Visit Lakefront Family Dentistry regularly for bi-annual checkups and cleaning. During a visit with Dr. Hauser, he will do a thorough analysis and assessment of your mouth to help identify any areas of concern and take preventive or corrective action, as needed.
Establish a Daily Brushing and Flossing Regimen. When brushing, spend at least 2 minutes each time. By doing this, you minimize the chances of leaving disease causing microorganisms in the mouth. These organisms hide out in tooth cracks and crevices, wreaking havoc on dental cavities.
Professional Whitening Services
Even with good oral cleaning habits, yellowing will naturally begin to occur over time. This is a common problem eventually shared by most people. Americans place a high value on their teeth, spending $1.4 billion annually on whitening products.
Consumers have many over-the-counter choices, such as at-home whitening kits, toothpaste and mouth rinses. Custom whitening solutions administered and closely monitored by a qualified dental professional is the safest, most preferred and effective choice for individuals and their families.
Lakefront Family Dentistry regularly consults with individuals seeking to brighten their smile with our professional teeth whitening services. Dr. Derek B. Hauser, DDS, and our highly skilled, registered dental hygienists help dramatically improve the smiles of our patients by utilizing the latest techniques that modern technology has to offer.
We look forward to becoming your partner in helping maintain excellent oral health. Please call (951) 244-9495 and schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Hauser to discuss your professional teeth whitening needs, or make an appointment online with us today!