A happy smile can be brought on by many things – a great report card, a good day at the office, a hug from a loved one, a great joke, or many other things. However, a great smile often includes white teeth. If your smile has lost is shine, you may choose to undergo professional whitening treatment from your dentist. Dr. Charles Martin of the 23113 area offers his patients professional teeth whitening at home with customized trays. However, once your smile is as white as you’d like it to be, most patients want to find a way to keep it sparkling. Here, Dr. Martin offers some advice for keeping your smile looking its best:
- Brush and floss. It may seem simple, but good oral hygiene habits are a great start in keeping your teeth white. Brushing removes food particles from your teeth. If not removed, those food particles can cause discoloration and yellowing, over time. Further, flossing helps to keep the teeth and gums healthy leading to a healthier smile.
- Check your diet. Coffee is a well-known culprit for darkening your smile. However there are other foods that can damage your teeth as well. Any dark food or beverage including red wine, red pasta sauce, beets, iced tea, and colas can darken the teeth while foods that are high in acidic content can break down the enamel of the teeth.
- Kick the habit. If you smoke, you likely already know that its damaging to your health. It’s also damaging to you smile as the nicotine and tobacco can leave a yellow residue on your teeth. If you smoke, consider quitting.
- Visit the dentist. Even the best brushing and flossing at home can leave behind food particles that are nearly impossible to reach without professional instruments. At your twice-yearly appointment with your dentist, you’ll also receive a professional cleaning that removes plaque and hidden food particles and leaves your teeth feeling smooth, fresh, and clean.
If you need to schedule an appointment for teeth cleaning or to talk about the professional teeth whitening process, call Dr. Martin’s office today. He and his team are committed to making sure that their patients have healthy smiles that look great. For more information, call today.
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