10 Quick Tips for White and Healthy Teeth

Apr 18, 2015 8:00:00 AM Amy Covington White Teeth, Healthy Teeth

Your smile often is the first thing people notice about you. So it’s not surprising that teeth whitening is more popular than ever. But just because your teeth are white doesn’t always mean they’re healthy. Here are our top tips for keeping your pearly whites as healthy as they are white. Luster_Healthy_white_teeth_-_apple_M
  1. Watch what you eat. Even if you whiten your teeth with professional products, that luster can fade as soon as a month if you regularly consume dark foods and beverages such as tea, coffee and red wine. If you can’t resist, brush with a whitening toothpaste containing hydrogen peroxide after consuming the offending food or liquid. If you know you can’t brush right after eating, choose foods that are firm or crisp like apples, raw carrots, and celery. Saving these “cleansing” foods for the end of your meal can help remove debris and stains from other foods or beverages you’ve consumed. As for keeping your teeth and gums healthy, certain foods can help or harm. We all know that too much sugar can cause decay, but even foods as seemingly benign as crackers and prunes can cause problems because they stick to teeth and can lead to plaque formation. Some studies have revealed that increasing your intake of folic acid can lower the risk of bleeding gums and that people who eat more yogurt—due to its probiotic ingredients—are less likely to develop gum disease and cavities. Your diet is an important factor in healthy teeth.

  2. Rinse, repeat. No way to brush after you eat? At the bare minimum, rinse your mouth with water to help dislodge food particles and wash away stains. If you drink wine, this is a must, as it contains acid that can wear down enamel and allow food particles to settle in.

  3. Brush at least twice a day. Follow your dentist’s orders and brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once to remove any debris and gum disease-causing plaque. Use a sulfate free daily whitening toothpaste with fluroide to help remove surface stains and keep your teeth healthy and white. Using a whitening toothpaste with fluoride allows you to replace your other toothpastes and use your whitening toothpaste daily.

  4. Change your brush. Toothbrushes store bacteria. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends replacing your disposable toothbrush or electric toothbrush head every 3 months.

  5. Choose your mouthwash wisely. Avoid a mouthwash with too much alcohol, as it can dry out your mouth, making it more susceptible to bacteria growth and bad breath. 

  6. Get regular check-ups. Even if you aren’t experiencing problems, like tooth or gum sensitivity, aches or otherwise, get in to see your dentist twice a year. Your hygenist will remove any plaque off your teeth and give them a nice polish to restore that pearly luster. Your dentist will make sure any fillings are still in good shape, as silver, or amalgam, last between 10-20 years, and you don’t’ have cavities or gum disease.

  7. Drink Water. Try to drink a full glass of water every hour during the day. The more water you drink, the more you will wash away bad-breath and decay-causing bacteria.

  8. Check your breath. To check the freshness of your breath, lick your palm and smell it while it’s still wet. If you smell something, it’s time for a sugar-free breath mint or to brush your teeth.

  9. Prevent tooth damage. Tooth fractures, cracks and chips are some of the most common causes for a trip the dentist. Avoid them before they happen by avoiding chewing on hard objects such as ice or pens. Don’t bite in to hard candy or clench or grind your teeth. If you realize that you’re grinding your teeth in your sleep, see your dentist right away. Always wear a mouthguard or protective mask during sports.

  10. Whiten your teeth. No matter how good your oral hygiene, teeth can yellow over time. Even if you don't partake in foods and drinks with staining agents, other factors like age, OTC and prescribed medications (such as antibiotics) will yellow teeth. Having a healthy whitening regimen that doesn't use harsh abrasives and takes into account oral health is important.


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