Healthy teeth are attractive teeth, so if you’re looking out for the health of your teeth with proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits you’re already doing a lot to help keep your teeth white and attractive. However, there are also a few more things you can do to keep your teeth looking their best.
Crunch a Bunch
Crunchy fruits and vegetables help clean your teeth. Finish every meal with a raw carrot, apple, or celery stick, then rinse with water. This isn’t a substitute for brushing, but it can help if you’re not able to brush your teeth in the middle of the day.
Sugar free gums is also recommended to help clean your teeth. Like a clay bar used to take dirt off of cars, the gum can trap bacteria and food particles that were stuck to your teeth, and it also stimulates additional saliva production, which kills bacteria and rinses your teeth.
Avoid the Stain
There are many staining foods and beverages that we consume on a daily basis. Coffee, black tea, red wine, dark beers, and dark sodas are among the worst.
Fortunately, there are many non-staining alternatives. Try substituting green tea for coffee and black tea. Drink white wine rather than red and lighter-colored beers instead of dark ones.
Try, if possible, to cut soda out of your diet completely. It offers no nutritional benefits, and the acids in soda are damaging to your teeth. If you can’t quit soda completely, drink it with a straw to minimize your teeth’s exposure.
Kick the Habit
Smoking is one of the worst staining behaviors. Cigarette smoke leaves very visible stains on your front teeth. Smoking is also damaging to your gums and can contribute to gum disease and tooth loss.
Getting Rid of Stains
If you have stained teeth and you want to reset them back to a whiter shade, Ascent Dental offers many tooth whitening options. If your tooth enamel is thin or deeply discolored, tooth whitening may not be enough, but porcelain veneers can be used to whiten the most discolored teeth.
If you live in Cherry Creek or other areas of Denver, Colorado and want to learn more about restoring and maintaining a beautiful white smile, please contact Ascent Dental today.