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A smile is one of the first things people notice when meeting you. A bright, white smile can light up a room. However, dull, yellow teeth can be a turnoff to others and an embarrassment for those who wish they had a brighter smile. Thankfully, you can whiten your teeth, get rid of the yellow, and light up the room with a smile.
Stay Away from Certain Foods and Beverages
Just about any type of food or beverage is going to warrant a good brushing and flossing, yet some types cause stains. Coffee, tea, sugary sports drinks, candy, tomato sauce, and berries cause discoloration of teeth. You don’t have to avoid these foods and beverages altogether, yet be mindful that they do stain the teeth. Some people drink coffee, tea, and other drinks from a straw to avoid direct contact with tooth enamel.
Stop Smoking/Chewing Tobacco
Smoking cigarettes and chewing tobacco is harmful to your health and is disastrous for your teeth. Stop both pastimes as soon as possible. Yes, stopping will have positive repercussions regarding your teeth, but more importantly, you will be saving yourself from horrible health ailments in the future. Talk to your doctor about methods of cutting down and finally quitting your habit.
Use Over-the-Counter Kits
Over-the-counter bleaching kits are available. Kits use a variety of methods, such as mouth trays or touch-up tips, to whiten your smile. Generally, these kits are not as powerful as those used by dentists in their offices. Over-the-counter ingredients contain lesser amounts of peroxide. Moreover, consumers usually have to wear mouth trays for several days or need to place strips over their teeth for 10 minutes or longer several times a day to achieve desired results.
Visit the Dentist
Your dentist is there to provide cosmetic treatments in addition to cleaning your mouth and addressing cavities. Talk to your doctor about in-office solutions available. Usually, whitening treatments take less than thirty minutes and can eclipse the results achieved by over-the-counter solutions. Professionals use a higher concentration of peroxide and can identify the right amount of time to uphold safety measures. Seek solutions at EmergencyDentistsUSA in San Diego for more information.
Seek Whitening Foods
As discussed, some foods make teeth yellow, yet other foods help make teeth whiter. Foods such as celery, apples, pears, and carrots produce a lot of saliva, which helps wash away debris and film left on the teeth. Sugarless gum will also help wash the inside of your mouth and remove some debris left between teeth. Saliva neutralizes the acid that food and drinks leave in the mouth.
Get Better at Your Daily Dental Routine
There are quick fixes such as whitening strips and in-office dental visits. However, you can make great strides toward a white smile at home. Get better at your daily dental routine, ensuring that you brush after each meal and floss twice a day. Rid your mouth of harmful bacteria that accumulates on the tongue as well as the side and top of the mouth.
Eileen Sherman works as a dental assistant, a role she has been in for more years than she would care to remember as that would show her age!! She writes about dentistry matters, being a keen writer in her spare time.
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