A bright, white smile can be a confidence booster and is often seen as a sign of health and vitality.
At Northcote Dental, we believe everyone deserves to feel proud of their smile. Here are some dentist-approved tips and tricks to help you achieve that sought-after sparkle.
Daily Dental Habits for a Brighter Smile
- Brush Twice a Day: Use a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently scrub away plaque and surface stains.
- Floss Daily: Flossing removes plaque and food particles that lead to staining and decay between teeth.
- Rinse with an Antiseptic Mouthwash: Not only does it keep your breath fresh, but it also helps remove stain-causing particles and reduces plaque.
- Eat Crunchy Fruits and Vegetables: Apples, carrots, and celery can act as natural stain removers, scrubbing your teeth as you chew and promoting saliva production to rinse away food debris.
Lifestyle Changes for Whiter Teeth
- Limit Stain-Causing Foods and Beverages: Coffee, tea, red wine, and dark sodas are known to stain teeth. When you consume these, rinse your mouth afterward or consider using a straw.
- Quit Smoking: Tobacco can cause significant staining and discoloration to your teeth, not to mention the serious health risks associated with its use.
- Drink Plenty of Water: Staying hydrated helps to rinse away food and bacteria and can prevent staining.
Professional Dental Treatments
- Regular Dental Cleanings: Professional cleanings by your dentist or hygienist can remove surface stains and tartar that cannot be removed at home.
- Teeth Whitening: Ask your dentist about professional whitening treatments, which can be more effective and safer than over-the-counter options.
- Veneers: For a more permanent solution, particularly for deep staining or discolored teeth, veneers might be an option. They cover the front surface of teeth with a thin layer of porcelain or composite material.
Home Remedies to Avoid
Be wary of home remedies and over-the-counter whitening products. Some can be too abrasive or can damage your enamel, leading to sensitivity and making your teeth more prone to staining. Always consult with your dentist before trying new whitening products or home treatments.