If your teeth have lost their luster, there are several things you can do to whiten and brighten them, much of which can be done at home. Here are five things you can do every day to improve your smile and boost your confidence:
Brush and Floss Daily
Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily, especially after eating foods or drinking beverages that could stain your teeth.
Choose a Healthy Diet
Did you know that crunchy fruits and vegetables such as apples, pears and celery are natural stain removers? Eating these foods triggers the production of saliva, which helps wash away food debris and keep your teeth healthy.
Know which Foods and Drinks Can Stain Teeth
Foods and drinks that stain your clothing or carpeting can stain your teeth as well. Foods that contain a substance called tannin can make teeth more prone to staining. Coffee, tea, red wine, sports drinks, fruit juices and dark sodas are known for staining teeth. Food that is known to stain teeth include berries, tomato-based sauces, curry, soy sauce and balsamic vinegar.
Smoking is associated with several health problems. This harmful habit causes a number of problems for your oral health, and it is one of the major causes behind stained teeth. Tobacco stains tooth enamel, and staining continues to worsen the longer you smoke.
Get Professional Teeth Whitening
A healthy dental hygiene regimen and regular dental checkups can help you keep your teeth looking healthy, but if you’re looking for whiter teeth, your dentist can help you with professional teeth whitening. Working with an experienced cosmetic dentist means you can achieve desired results with a tooth whitening treatment that is customized to your specific needs. In-office whitening treatments or take-home trays allow you to choose the treatment that works best for you.
Contact our Northern Virginia Dentists
Please call 703-214-3182 to schedule an appointment at Arlington Dental Aesthetics or 703-214-3186 for an appointment at South Riding Smiles. We serve patients in Arlington, South Riding and throughout Northern Virginia.