Teeth Whitening Tips

Teeth whitening is an excellent way to brighten up your smile.  A bright, warm smile helps you to put your best foot forward when making that important first impression.  A whiter smile is said to have a much more positive impact than a dull or yellowed smile.  These tips can help you get your whitest smile and keep it that way.

Teeth Whitening Dos

In addition to regularly brushing and flossing, there are several things you can do at home to promote teeth whitening without having to pay for costly professional whitening treatments.  One of these things is as simple as replacing your tooth brush regularly.  You can up your tooth brush’s teeth whitening powers by replacing it every three months and using a whitening tooth paste.  While you’re brushing your teeth, brush your tongue as well.  Tongue brushing helps teeth whitening because it reduces bacteria that can cause staining.

Rinsing your mouth out can also promote teeth whitening.  This is especially important after eating oranges and other citrus fruit.  The acid in citrus can cause tooth enamel to deteriorate, which makes staining easier.  Rinsing your mouth out with water after eating citrus fruit can clear away a majority of the acid left behind.

Eating raw fruits and vegetables such as nuts, carrots and apples can help remove surface stains and plaque.

If you use a teeth whitening treatment at home, it is preferable to use gel trays over whitening strips.  The strips are not as effective as the gel and often times miss the most stained areas.

Teeth Whitening Don’ts

While there are many things you can do to promote teeth whitening at home, there are a few things you should avoid as well.

You may have heard suggestions to brush your teeth with baking soda.  While baking soda is a great cleaner, it is not a good option for teeth whitening.  It will help remove stains, however, its abrasive nature can wear down enamel which actually will result in your teeth becoming darker.

Try to avoid dark foods and beverages.  Many darker beverages such as dark soda, tea, red wine, energy drinks (for their acidity) and coffee can cause staining over time.  Foods such as red tomato sauces, soy sauce, blue berries and other foods dark in color can also cause staining and reduce the effects of your teeth whitening.  If you still prefer to partake in any of these items, drinking dark beverages through a straw and only eating darker foods occasionally will have much less impact.

If you have questions about teeth whitening or would like a consultation, please call Progressive Dental Care Center.

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