A whiter, brighter smile works wonders for your mouth. It makes you appear happier, healthier, and even younger. Your lifestyle, choices, and general biology can affect your dental health and teeth whiteness, however, so maintaining a pristine smile could be difficult. We want to divulge to you how to achieve white teeth, and how to keep them that way too.
Daily cleaning with the right products
Because we’re dentists, we wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t remind you to regularly clean your teeth. Brushing and flossing removes food that cause cavities, undeniably affecting your teeth’s whiteness. These little pitfalls and crevices in your teeth can expose the yellow dentin beneath them, making your teeth appear dull and discoloured. Brushing regularly with a toothpaste that contains extra fluoride will benefit your teeth whiteness, because it’s this component that positively contributes to your teeth’s shade.
Ever considered oil pulling?
Oil pulling is a traditional Indian remedy meant to improve oral hygiene by removing toxins from the mouth. It’s been suggested that daily oil pulling effectively reduces bacteria in the mouth, along with plaque, inflammation, and gum disease. Traditionally, sunflower or sesame oil was used but coconut oil has become a popular choice because of its pleasant taste and multiple other health benefits. It’s not technically proven to whiten your teeth, but it reduces the bacteria that wear away at your enamel to expose the naturally yellow dentin. Taking a tablespoon of coconut oil and essentially swilling it around your mouth once a day might be fun to try as an addition to your regular cleaning habits, but it’s by no means a replacement.
Avoid certain foods and drinks
There are many, many everyday foods and drinks that diminish our teeth’s whiteness. For example, some of the most commonly consumed offenders are tea and coffee. This is because they contain tannins, a yellow-brown substance found in plant and leaf tissue. Their dark pigment contributes to teeth staining and discolouration, and the drying effects of the caffeine means they’re more likely to stick to your teeth surfaces. One of the nation’s best loved dishes, a hearty curry, can also diminish your teeth whiteness through their bright and colourful pigments. Because these pigments are achieved through additional food colouring and natural ingredients, you’re receiving a doubled-up pigmentation portion. Acidic foods like orange juice and lemons also attack your enamel, revealing the yellow tooth surface beneath. We actually explored a whole range of foods that are bad for your teeth in our June blog post.
Professional treatments for white teeth
Sometimes, despite our best efforts, we could do with a little helping hand in achieving white teeth. Life is all about enjoyment mixed with a mediation of indulgence, and we know lots of patients wouldn’t like to give up their morning cup of coffee. At The Dental Health Centre in Grantham, we offer professional teeth whitening services that boost your natural whiteness. For those who have already experienced a cavity, we also provide white fillings that blend with the surrounding teeth. Also, a professional cleaning and routine appointment with our dental hygienists could lighten your tooth shade while also treating any signs of gum disease.
White teeth take a little time, care, and attention to achieve but once you start to see results, you’ll be invested in the routine. There are lots of things we can do in-practice and advise you of to perform at-home, so why not book an appointment? Enquire online or call 01476 594480 to speak a friendly member of staff today.