Tips for a Whiter Smile

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Few people have a naturally white smile. This is because teeth genetically come in many different shades and tend to yellow with age, eating, and inconsistent dental care. Fortunately, some products and techniques can help you achieve a whiter smile. Here are three tips for a naturally whiter smile!

1. Daily Brush & Floss

Consistent brushing and flossing are the best ways to maintain a whiter smile. A toothbrush, especially an electric toothbrush, removes harmful plaque and some surface stains while contributing to good oral health.

If deep tooth stains are already present, brushing won’t make a dramatic difference. However, it can prevent new stains from settling in and be used as maintenance should you choose professional teeth whitening.

2. Limit Deeply-Pigmented Foods & Drinks

Food and drinks with darker pigments and tannins can lead to tooth discoloration over time. Common culprits include tea, coffee, red wine, balsamic vinegar, tomato sauce, and other concentrated and acidic substances.

Consume staining foods and drinks in moderation and rinse with water afterwards.

3. Maintain Regular Dental Cleanings

Routine cleanings at the dentist should recur every six months, and more often if you have current periodontal disease. During these visits, plaque and tartar are removed from the surface of the teeth and the teeth are polished. These cleanings help prevent tooth decay and gum disease, and can also result in a whiter smile after the plaque and tartar are removed.

Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments in Travelers Rest, SC

If you have tried these tips and your teeth are still not as white as you desire, we invite you to consider at-home or in-office teeth whitening or veneers. Then, following the above tips can help you maintain your smile’s new bright appearance!

Our team at Paris Mountain Dental can help you achieve a whiter smile. We offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry treatments like professional teeth whitening and veneers in Travelers Rest, SC. Please contact us to schedule an appointment.

Paris Mountain Dental can help brighten your smile!