10 Tips To Maintain White Teeth

Teeth are an important part of your facial appearance. They provide a first impression to the people you meet. The foods you eat and drink can lead to surface stains on your teeth and over time can diminishing your teeth. To help you maintain a long lasting brighter smile, we have some tips to help you along.

1. Avoid strong colored food and beverages

Extrinsic stains can result from a buildup of colored compounds on the tooth enamel. Consumption of food and beverages such as red wine, beets, tea and coffee are known to contribute to teeth discoloration. Extrinsic stains can effectively be reduced by brush your teeth right after consuming those types of foods and beverages.

2. Change your toothbrush regularly

The bristles on your toothbrush can get frayed and broken with routine usage. Therefore, the American Dental Association, recommends you change your toothbrush every three to four months.

3. Brush your teeth using baking soda

Studies show that sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) is effective in removing yellow intrinsic tooth stains, so brushing your teeth with it as part of your weekly routine will help your teeth appear visibly brighter.

4. Floss your teeth

The American Dental Association recommends you floss your teeth daily. Flossing helps remove plaque and can prevent cavities.

5. Clean your tongue

Use a tongue scraper every morning to remove and freshen your breath. Daily scraping will subdue the buildup of bacteria and help banish some of the causes of bad breath.

6. Eat fruits and vegetables

Fruits and veggies are good for your health and teeth. They are high in water and fiber and help to clean your teeth. Chewing also stimulates saliva production, which washes harmful acids and food particles away from your teeth.

7. Gargle with apple cider vinegar

Gargling with apple cider vinegar helps remove stains and kills bacteria in your mouth and on your gums.

8. Mouth Wash

An alcohol-free mouthwash can help reduce plaque, gingivitis, bad breath and tooth decay.

9. Brush your teeth morning and night

When you brush your teeth, you help remove food and plaque. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day.

10. Avoid tobacco

Tobacco can stain your teeth and it is bad for your health.

If you feel self-conscious about your tooth color, you might smile less. Getting whiter teeth can boost your confidence and improve your life.

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by Thomas Gonzales D.D.S.

Thomas Gonzales D.D.S. is a Los Angeles dentist with advanced training in dental implants. He has 46 years’ experience and is licensed in IV Sedation. Dr. Gonzales has taught courses worldwide on dental implants including for Noris Medical, Nobel, Neodent, LVI Global and Dental Implant Institute. He was a professor of IV Sedation at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine and a neuromuscular dentistry instructor for Loma Linda Medical Center. He is a member of several prestigious organizations, including: the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation and American Dental Society of Anesthesiology. Dr. Gonzales is a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Dentistry. He served in the United States Army and is a Vietnam War Veteran.

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