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Dental Care: Maintaining White Teeth

One of the natural expressions, when somebody is happy, is smiling. Some of the benefits of smiling are relieving stress, breaking the tension, influencing health and making people look more attractive. In fact, smiles are contagious. However, there are cases when there is an element of embarrassment when people smile. The main reason that can lead to this embarrassment is poor dental health.

Poor dental health can result, among other issues, in yellowing of teeth. All is not lost. There are steps that we can take to remedy the situation and get back our teeth white. To properly maintain your teeth and maintain their white color, the following tips are important:

Avoid exposure to staining elements

Teeth staining foodBeverages and drinks such as red wines, tea, and coffee are some of the products that increase the staining of our teeth. Dentists advise that if these beverages and drinks cannot be avoided, always use a straw in order for the front teeth to be bypassed by the liquid. Secondly, thoroughly brush the teeth and rinse the mouth as soon as you have finished consuming the drinks.

Observing good oral hygiene practices

It is recommended that our teeth are brushed at least twice daily. Flossing should be done daily to help remove plaque and finally, the mouth should be rinsed daily with an antiseptic. When flossing is done regularly, they help reduce cavities, prevention of bad breath and are key to maintaining the color of the teeth to white. Rinsing with the antiseptic helps in killing the bacteria that are responsible for causing plaque. Finally, use of good toothpaste helps remove the stains on the surface of the teeth and prevents and slows down yellowing.

Touch-up treatments

This will depend on the whitening method that is used. A touch-up may be done either after every 6 or 24 months. For people who smoke or drink beverage that stain the teeth, a touch up should be done more regularly.

Eating a teeth healthy diet

Always avoid foods that are highly and sugary. When you eat foods that are healthy, then the enamel is protected, and bacteria are prevented from forming in the mouth. Examples of foods that are healthy to the teeth are fruits and vegetables, milk, nuts, cheese, chicken, etc. As mentioned above, limit intake of beverages that contribute to staining of the teeth such as coffee.

Quit smoking

teethSmoking is not just bad for the lungs and heart, but also for the mouth, gums, and teeth. Smoking has also been found to cause bad breath and discoloration of the teeth, an increase of plaque and buildup of tartar. All these effects expose the teeth canals to diseases and increase the risk of one having tooth decay.

In conclusion, treatment procedures that help whiten the teeth are not permanent. They are just temporary because, after whitening, it takes less than a month for staining to start. It is important that people avoid exposing their teeth to factors that cause staining. Avoiding beverages and foods that contribute to staining of teeth is paramount. Basically, the color of our teeth boils down to our lifestyles. This is a rule of thumb in dental care: maintaining white teeth.