A healthy, white smile can do a lot to improve your self-esteem and confidence. This is one reason why it is vital to visit your dentist for a thorough, professional cleaning at least two times a year. Getting your teeth cleaned regularly will not only keep your teeth pearly white, these cleanings will also help to preserve your teeth.
Many dentists offer teeth whitening services separate from cleaning services, but there are some tricks and tips that you can use if you want to focus on getting your teeth whiter. These are tips that you can use on a daily or weekly basis.
Teeth Whitening Is Permanent?
The first thing is to understand fact from fiction when it comes to teeth whitening. One of the most common myths surrounding teeth is that teeth whitening applications keep teeth white permanently. If this was true, there would be many more very white smiles around.
The truth is, just like anything else related to your health and wellness, it is a never-ending journey. You have to continue to work at it in order to receive the best results. So, what does this mean? Even if you get your teeth professionally whitened by a dentist, do not expect your teeth to shine as bright 3 or 4 months later. However, by watching what you eat or drink, and practicing excellent oral hygiene habits, you may be able to retain the whiteness a little longer.
Watch What You Eat And Drink
- Are you a smoker?
- Do you enjoy drinking black coffee or tea?
- Do you need to have a dark colored soft drink every day, or need to have dark juices or gravies?
- Do you drink red wine more than once a week?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, it is very likely that the whiteness of your teeth will begin to fade quicker than it would have if these items were not in your daily routine.
The bottom line is that if you place a dark object in your mouth, chances are the object will turn your teeth dark as well.
This does not mean that you need to make drastic changes to your diet or lifestyle. However, it is important that you are able to brush your teeth immediately after you indulge. In addition, you will need to consider adding more foods that are friendlier to your teeth. Examples of these foods are:
You can also include an over the counter or professional strength teeth whitening product to your oral hygiene regimen.
Get A New Toothbrush
These days, most dentists recommend that their patients use an electronic toothbrush. If you are using an electronic toothbrush, you should change the head of the brush at least every 3 months. If you are still using a traditional toothbrush, you should replace the toothbrush every 3 months.
If you live in the Jacksonville area, Farnham Dentistry is giving away an Oral-B electric toothbrush with their teeth cleaning services. They are a DDS on San Jose Blvd. Check out their Facebook profile for more information.
Older toothbrushes do nothing more than transfer more bacteria into your mouth. The bristles of the toothbrush also wear down over time, and this causes more harm than good to your mouth.
It is also important that you grip the toothbrush correctly, and also hold it at the correct angle when brushing your teeth. Place the toothbrush at an angle of 45 degrees against your gums. Then simply move the brush in a circular motion gently over your teeth and gums instead of using a back and forth movement.
Also, be sure that you use the same grip as when you hold a pencil. This will prevent you from brushing too harshly.
Add Apple Cider Vinegar And Baking Soda To Your Teeth Cleaning Regimen
You may have heard that apple cider vinegar and baking soda can help keep your home clean, but did you know that they can also be included in your oral hygiene regimen to keep your mouth clean and your teeth white?
If you can stand the taste of it, you should gargle with apple cider vinegar two times a day before you brush. However, you can start with using it once a day until you become used to it. Vinegar is a powerful cleaning agent, and it will remove stains and bacteria in the process.
Baking soda can also help whiten your teeth. You can brush with it twice a week in place of your toothpaste.
These are 3 of the top ways to help keep your teeth white. When added to your regimen, you should notice an improvement with your smile. Never underestimate the power that whiter teeth can have on your confidence.