If you are reading this while quaffing a glass of red wine, smoking a cigar, and telling your friend to stop looking for floss in your bathroom because you don’t own any, take this as a warning—the following list may implore you to question your lifestyle choices.
In today’s article, we at Montana Dental Works would like to share with you some teeth whitening tips. As Montana’s Top Rated Local® general and implant dentistry, we take enormous pride in our dental practice and our caring dental care. Whether you are looking for affordable dental implants, wisdom teeth removal, professional teeth whitening, or some other dental care, our cosmetic and general dentists can handle all of your dental needs.
Stick to a Tooth-Friendly Diet
As we jokingly mentioned at the top of this article, some foods and practices are not so good for your pearly whites. As a general rule, if it is dark before you put it in your mouth, it will likely stain your teeth and discolor them slightly. Foods and drinks like wine, coffee, soda, blueberries, soy sauce are particularly bad. However, this is not to say that you should totally avoid darkly pigmented foods. Some, like blueberries, have tremendous health benefits and should be eaten—just don’t overdo it.
Additionally, opt for lots of raw fruits and vegetables, like strawberries, pineapple, apples, carrots, celery. These are not only healthy for your body, but this crunchy, raw produce will also help rub away plaque and surface stains, giving you a cleaner, healthier mouth.
Keep Your Tongue Clean
It doesn’t take long for your tongue to build up all sorts of nasty bacteria. When this happens, not only will it be obvious in your breath, but this accumulated bacteria can slowly start to discolor your teeth. To prevent this from happening, it is crucial to brush your tongue regularly. Ideally, you want to use a tongue scraper to do this. If you use a toothbrush, start from the back and rinse your toothbrush after every stroke. This will ensure that you remove the bacteria without re-depositing it in your mouth.
If you smoke, you are probably sick of people telling you to quit. You are probably well aware of the millions of reasons to not smoke—at this point, is there really any good reason left? Regardless, we’ll go ahead and tack on another reason: smoking is horrible for your dental health. It discolors teeth and can cause mouth cancer, as well as other forms of cancer. The good news, however, is that now, more than ever, there are all sorts of aides to help you in your pursuit of quitting.
Brush and Replace Toothbrush Regularly
What if you had an old vacuum that only picked up 70% of the dirt and dust of your home? Would you get a new one? Probably so. Although it can be hard to measure the efficacy of your toothbrush, this same logic applies. You should replace your toothbrush or the head on your brush at least once every two or three months. Additionally, although it could probably go without saying, brush your teeth at least twice a day—when you first get up and before you go to bed. Also, be sure to use floss and use mouthwash daily!
Get Professional Teeth Whitening
This is by far the most effective and results-guaranteed method for whitening your teeth. Over time, our teeth naturally begin to darken. This is normal. However, with a single professional teeth whitening session, cosmetic dentists can erase years of stains from your teeth. Unlike over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments, professional teeth whitening uses much stronger and more effective whitening agents, ensuring results. Although you are almost certainly guaranteed results, this should not become your only whitening practice. To keep your pearly whites shining bright, it is crucial to practice proper dental care and receive regular dental checkups.
Want to find out if professional teeth whitening is right for you? Read more about our cosmetic dental services and call us today to schedule your appointment.
If you are in looking for dentists in Kalispell, Montana, look no further than Montana Dental Works. Our cosmetic and general dentists are passionate about providing you with affordable, professional, and caring dental care.