Scared of yellowing teeth? Want to keep that bright and dazzling smile of yours for years to come? Check out these tips you may follow to ensure you keep your teeth and your smile white and stain-free.
1. Don’t smoke. Smoking leads to discoloration of teeth because it hampers the flow of saliva which cleans the lining of the mouth and teeth and protects the teeth from decay. Smoking also causes brown tooth stains which are nicotine and tar that get deposited on the teeth. In addition, more than staining the teeth smoking can actually result to loss of teeth because of the strong substances of tobacco. Stay away from smoking if you care for your teeth.
2. Watch what you put in your mouth. What you put in your mouth on a regular basis can greatly affect your teeth. Consuming a lot berries, soy sauce, red wine, coffee, tea, cola, fruit juices, and vinegar-based foods can stain your teeth the way it can stain any white substance it comes in contact with. Citrus fruits contain acid that can speed up deterioration of the enamel. Acidic foods like vinegar can open up the pores of the tooth enamel and stain. Sports drinks and energy drinks contain acids as well that may break down calcium and may even be more damaging to your teeth than cola-based beverages. Highly processed sugars can speed up the yellowing of teeth and decay, as well as extremely hot or cold substances.
You don’t have to avoid all of these food and drinks, but after enjoying them, it would help if you immediately rinse your mouth with water. You can also reverse the yellowing process by eating foods that are natural whiteners. These include fruits like pears and apples, dark vegetables like broccoli, spinach and cauliflowers, and high fiber foods.
3. Maintain a good hygiene. Inadequate brushing and flossing can heighten tooth discoloration. It is important to brush and floss regularly to reduce or prevent stains. You can also use whitening toothpastes that help partially in the whitening process. Just make sure that the whitening toothpaste you chose have undergone a professional clinical trial, because many whitening toothpastes in the market have not. It is best to ask an expert as well, such as your doctor or dentist.
4. Have regular dental cleanings. Regular dental cleanings removes external staining of teeth caused by food or tobacco. Professional cleaning is especially vital if stains have been present for years.
5. Drink mineral water. Drinking water keeps your teeth hydrated. In addition, the more mineral content your teeth has, the stronger it is to fight against possible stains. Thus, it will be helpful to drink at least six glasses of mineral water every day.
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