Four Steps to Whiter Teeth

Your teeth can either be an asset to your confidence or put a damper on your self-image. Luckily, there are many ways to help keep your teeth white and healthy. From what you eat and drink to your nighttime hygiene routine, the choices you make all day long affect the health of your teeth and gums. Here are a few tips on what to do and what to avoid in order to maintain the healthiest smile possible.

1.If a food or beverage would stain a white t-shirt, it can stain your teeth. Dark-colored food and drinks are more likely to stain your teeth than others. Coffee, red wine and black tea are darkly colored and highly acidic- a double threat when it comes to white teeth. The acids in these drinks weaken the hard, protective layer of enamel that surrounds your teeth. When enamel is weakened or worn away, stains can more easily penetrate and stick to teeth. If you can’t give up your iced tea or blended coffee drink, use a straw to minimize the beverage’s contact with your teeth.

2.Drink more water. Not only does your body work more efficiently all-around when it’s hydrated, the simple act of drinking water helps keep your teeth free of debris and bacteria. If you usually keep a drink around throughout the day, switch out the soda or juice in favor of water- add some fruit for flavor to make things a little more interesting. Constantly sipping on water will help keep bacteria from attaching themselves to your teeth, and drinking a glass of water after each meal will wash away any food particles or residue that could potentially lead to stains.

3.Opt for tooth-healthy snacks. Just as some foods and drinks are damaging to your teeth, others can be extremely beneficial. For instance, cheese was recently shown to help protect your teeth against the harmful effects of acid, as well as bolstering calcium levels for bone and tooth health. The waxy or creamy texture of cheese acts as a sort of protective temporary barrier to stains and bacteria, and the pH balance of most cheese helps to neutralize acid and defend enamel. Other foods like apples and carrots are helpful in a different way; the fibrous, crunchy texture of these foods acts like a scrubbing agent to polish teeth and ward off staining.

4.Smoking is one of the worst things you can do for your teeth. In addition to being linked to a massive list of diseases and health issues, the smoke and tar from cigarettes are incredibly damaging to your teeth. Smoke has a corrosive effect on enamel similar to that of acid, while those nicotine stains that appear on the walls and ceilings in the homes of heavy smokers are just as likely to appear on teeth. Even if you’ve smoked for a long time, it’s never too late to quit- a good dentist and hygiene routine can help control and even reduce the damage done by cigarette smoke over the years.

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