Often when you meet someone face to face the first thing that you notice is their smile. An individual’s pearly whites can change the entire face, so when those pearly whites aren’t so white, it is pretty noticeable. There are many things that we eat and drink that can cause discolouration in teeth, but don’t worry, here are some tips to help you keep your teeth white!
Brush and floss diligently!
It is important hat you brush your teeth in the morning and at night that means twice a day. Also make sure that you floss once a day. Use a soft-bristle brush and brush your teeth with a short, vertical sweeping motion.A horizontal scrubbing motion can cause gum damage.
Rinse with water after every meal
Rinsing out your mouth after every meal is a can make a significant difference for the coloration of your teeth. By doing tis after every meal you work to minimise residue, and tooth decay. This is especially important if you’ve had a cup of coffee or a glass of red wine, these are known to discolour and wine has acids that work to erode enamel causing both staining and decaying food particles to be more of a problem.
Eat a healthy diet
Sugar, any foods that stick to your teeth, and many starchy foods increases the risk of tooth decay, which can discolour teeth. Furthermore, the higher your consumption of folic acid from fruits and veggies the lower you are at risk of bleeding gums.
Don’t forget to visit the dentist
See your dentist regularly for checkups, cleanings (and scaling), to make sure your fillings are in good shape and your gum health. You want to make sure the dentist assesses your bite and general oral health. Polishing and scaling can help removed hardened plaque and a good deal of discolouration.
Use a Whitener
It is important to know that teeth naturally discolour as you grow older. This is because the external enamel becomes thinner which begins to reveal the dentin, underneath. It is also important to realise that teeth absorb coloured liquids especially coffee, red wine tea, and cola. Many of these foods you will have throughout your life, but you can rinse your mouth out after drinking these or brush your teeth after which can reduce the problems associated.
There are many forms of over the counter whitening products although your dentist will always have the most efficient and effective impact on your teeth.