How To Keep Your Teeth White
White teeth look great but keeping them white can be difficult. As we age, the enamel on our teeth wears away leaving a yellowish appearance. In addition, many of the foods we eat and beverages we drink stain the tooth enamel giving it a yellow or grayish tone.
Fortunately, it’s not hard to have good-looking, white teeth. While professional treatments and whitening strips are an option, there are other things you can do. Let’s look at some of them.
This may sound simple, but brushing is your first defense against yellow teeth. To achieve a million dollar smile, brush your teeth right after eating or at least two times a day. Use a toothpaste that has whitening ingredients to get the best results.
Avoid Dark Beverages
Certain beverages such as tea, coffee, red wine, fruit juices and some carbonated drinks can stain your teeth over time. Avoiding these drinks will help keep your teeth white. However you don’t have to give up your favorites. Try drinking through a straw so not as much of the liquid comes in contact with your teeth.
You can also try eating high protein foods like cheese, chicken or nuts which can neutralize the acids that make teeth yellow.
Stop Using Tobacco Products
If you’re serious about keeping your teeth white, you’ll want to quit smoking or stop chewing tobacco. Tobacco causes brown stains that sink into the grooves and pits in the tooth’s enamel. The longer you use tobacco, the more ingrained the stains become. Tobacco stains are difficult to remove by brushing alone.
Eat Healthy Foods
Crunchy foods such as carrots, celery, raw sweet potatoes, broccoli and apples are mildly abrasive and can remove plaque which dulls the appearance of teeth.
Don’t Brush Too Hard
Vigorous brushing can wear down the enamel on the teeth. The enamel is the white part of the tooth and when it wears away, the layer below (called dentin) shows through. Dentin has a yellow tint and when it shows through your teeth will be discolored.
If your teeth have lost their natural white color, it may be time to consider a tooth whitening treatment. There are many products on the market so asking the advice of your dentist is important. If you whiten your teeth too often, they can start to look translucent and blue or become overly sensitive.
Having healthy, white teeth is possible with some thought and discipline and a regular dental care regimen.