Dr. Matt Holley, a Prattville dentist, doesn’t just want to restore your smile, he wants to give you information that can empower you to keep your smile brighter for longer.
Food and beverages can stain your teeth, causing your smile to look dull. Even healthy foods or beverages can cause staining like, beets and carrots. You should avoid tea, coffee, red wine, for a daily consumption, and only partake in occasional use. When you drink or eat these things, be sure to not let any remanence rest on your teeth. You should brush and floss immediately afterward, including using mouthwash.
It is not a secret that smoking can kill you. Sadly, that is not where it stops. It destroys your oral health as well. Tobacco of any kind, whether chewing or smoking, you are prone to get cancer, in addition, tobacco stains your teeth and causes gum diseases. It is essential to avoid smoking or chewing tobacco, and if you already are using tobacco, quit.
Regular Professional Cleanings
Routinely going to your dentist is so important. I cannot stress that enough. Maintenance and preventative maintenance can save your oral health. Untreated tooth decay can cause infections throughout the entire body. If you have a regular dentist, ask about scheduling routine cleanings throughout the year. Professional cleanings remove all the bacteria that gets into the grooves of your teeth that brushing cannot remove. Professional cleanings also remove plaque that builds up between visits. Consistency is key. Regular cleanings can keep your smile brighter for a longer period.
Professional Whitening/At Home Whitening
Teeth Whitening is a sure way to a brighter smile, and scheduling a professional whitening with your dentist at least once a year can ensure a brighter smile. However, there are a variety of whitening methods that can be used. Between home remedies and professional whitening, the safest route is professional whitening of course, and here is why. At home remedies are not monitored or rationed by a professional. Even if you purchase an at home whitening kit from your dentist, it is still best to go with a professional whitening at the dental office. It is just too easy to use to much of the whitening substance and causing sensitivity to your teeth and gums. None of the products are designed to be overused. Using more product will not make your teeth whiter, so keep that in mind. Home remedies like lemons and baking soda can do damage to your tooth enamel, as acid wreaks havoc on your smile.
My suggestion to you would be, that you go in to your dental office for regular checkups and routine cleanings. I would get a tooth whitening treatment or cleaning and then invest in dental sealants. Your teeth have grooves in them, and that is where bacteria get in and cannot be completely removed. It is the hardest to clean on your own, and beverages and food that stains your teeth, like coffee or tobacco, can get in those grooves as well, and the stain is deep. Dental sealants work as a protective layer on your teeth, keeping your tooth enamel strong and your teeth whiter, longer. Ask your dentist about dental sealants today.
Daily Brushing and Flossing and Fluoride usage is of course a sure way to ensure a brighter smile, and whiter teeth that will last longer. It is always good to take extra measures in caring for your oral health, and keeping a cleaner mouth, will not only keep your smile brighter, it will improve your oral health.