Tips for Whiter, Shinier TeethWhen it comes to the aesthetic areas of teeth, virtually all of us have the same primary desire: Shiny, white teeth that show off the smile. We go to various lengths to achieve this, from basic brushing and oral care up to specific teeth whitening services. At the offices of Scott W. Grant, DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we’re here to help. We have teeth whitening and bleaching services for those who feel they need a little extra boost in their whitening, but we also can help with numerous whitening tips for those who don’t want to take this kind of step. Here are some important tips to help reduce yellowing and show off those pearly whites.
Brushing and ScrapingThe simplest and most well-known way to keep teeth white and healthy is through brushing twice a day for at least two minutes at a time. This also keeps the gums healthy, a big contrasting factor in ensuring that teeth appear white and properly placed. Use a whitening toothpaste if you like, brushing in circles for the duration of your brush. Another important factor: Scraping the tongue, which you should do on every brushing. This will remove bacteria from the back of your mouth, bacteria that might otherwise have spread to the teeth and yellowed them out. Use long strokes, starting from the back of the tongue and moving forward to move bacteria out of the mouth. Be sure to clean the toothbrush well afterward.
Yellowing Areas to AvoidThere are several foods, drinks and other items you should avoid or limit if you want to keep your teeth from yellowing:
- Other darker foods and drinks such as wine or tea
- Processed foods
- Foods heavy in citrus
- High-acid drinks like soda or energy drinks