Using whitening toothpaste can slightly remove surface stains caused by different foods and drinks. When choosing toothpaste it is important to read the manufacturer’s directions.
Most often than not it is safe to use whitening paste daily but checking the warnings is important because of the chemicals inside. Another factor to consider is that over time whitening paste may damage the natural enamel of the teeth so it is best to cycle on and off of them occasionally.
Proper dental habits can keep your teeth sparkling. The recommended brushing twice a day and flossing once is to remove plaque buildup and residue. The plaque is one of the many things that can stain teeth so it is also recommended to visit the dentist twice a year for cleanings to get the plaque in places the brushing can’t.
Smoking is not in the good oral hygiene column either. Apart from all of the other reasons not to smoke, here is another. It stains your teeth and actually contributes to the bacteria and plaque buildup in your mouth.
Certain liquids can stain the teeth. Coffee, tea and red wine are among the most common. Some people cannot start their mornings without coffee, but the effects could be lowered by reducing the intake by even half.
If that isn’t a fair enough trade off then it can help to brush your teeth directly after consuming the beverage. Another alternative is to drink those liquids through a straw as to avoid staining the front teeth that show. It would be pretty funny to see someone drink red wine through a straw, but you’ll impress more people with your smile.
With such a high demand to have whiter teeth many companies now make whitening treatments that you can buy at the department store. Whitening strips can work but need to be used very precisely and can sometimes leave an uneven coloring.
If none of this is enough to satisfy you than dental offices do have a more expensive solution. Bleaching and other whitening treatments can remove the majority of all stains and leave your teeth shining.
Even after using a bleaching treatment your teeth will start to yellow again if proper habits aren’t formed. A lifestyle change to give your teeth the best chance to remain white will be the most effective way to a smile you’re proud of.
Contact Dr. Kevin Gasser
Gasser Dental Implant Center is located in Sun City, Arizona, just east of Boswell Hospital.
(Dr. Gasser and his team will be moving the Bell Plaza soon.)
Kevin L. Gasser, D.D.S.
13000 N. 103rd Avenue, Ste. 76,
Sun City, AZ 85351
Phone: (623) 972-8217
Fax: (623) 972-1406