Make Sure Your Teeth Have Help Staying White

Posted on 8/15/2019 by Karl Olson
Make Sure Your Teeth Have Help Staying WhitePatients come to us and want to know what we can do to help them have whiter teeth and we are more than happy to help. You will come in for an evaluation and we will discuss the best teeth-whitening option for you. Once completed, keeping your teeth white is largely up to you.

When you come for your semi-annual visits, we will deep clean your teeth and determine if your whitening needs to be touched up, but between visits only you can ensure that your teeth stay white. We can only advise you the best ways to make that happen.

One thing you know for sure is that you must continue with good oral hygiene practices. That means you should brush your teeth twice a day, floss your teeth in between brushings and after meals, and ensuring that you are hydrated enough to produce sufficient saliva. Your saliva, believe it or not, is crucial to maintaining good oral health. It is your body's natural toothbrush and mouthwash and protects your teeth from the acids produced by the food you eat and the beverages you drink.

How Else Can I Keep My Teeth White?

The problem many people have is that it is difficult to control what they eat or if they can floss or brush, at work. Not everyone has a job in a place where they can store their toothbrush and toothpaste. Not everyone has a job where there is running, potable water. Keeping your teeth white at work can be a challenge for some people. Knowing that, here are some tips for everyone to use.

First, know what beverages and foods are more likely to stain your teeth. With that knowledge, you can either not eat or drink them or you can take steps after you do. If you drink coffee, tea, dark-colored soda or red wine you risk a stain. If you drink these beverages, be sure you rinse your mouth with water when you are finished. If you can brush your teeth, do so, but not if you drink them through the day. Over-brushing can damage the enamel on your teeth.

Refrain from any tobacco products. Aside from staining your teeth, they damage the gums and cause bad breath. I think we all know the health concerns related to tobacco products.

Above all stimulate saliva production. You can do this by chewing sugarless gum containing Xylitol. Xylitol has anti-bacterial properties that can prevent bad breath. You should also snack on crunchy fruits and vegetables like apples, carrots, and celery. They act as pseudo-toothbrushes and remove leftover food particles. Call us if want further information.

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