Sometimes even the best of us fall short when it comes to having an ideal smile. Moreover, there are many reasons why our smiles can become faded and discolored. To prevent this common problem, Cape Dental Care has compiled this list of simple ways that you can reduce your risk of teeth discoloration, and sometimes even reverse it.
There are three main reasons why your teeth become increasingly discolored over time.
a) Aging. As we get older, tooth enamel starts wearing off and the darker dentin starts to show through. This can make our smiles look dark and unhealthy.
b) Internal Causes. One of the most significant internal causes for tooth discoloration is poor dental care during childhood. Some of the more common related causes are too much exposure to fluoride, use of tetracycline antibiotics, or even physical injury to teeth.
c) Lifestyle Habits. Some of the more common lifestyle habits that cause tooth discoloration are eating and drinking certain foods (wine, berries, dark foods) and poor oral hygiene.
Luckily, many issues with tooth discoloration can be fixed with a little effort and proper planning. Here are some of the things you can do to increase the whiteness of your teeth and prevent further discoloration.
1) Consume plenty of water before and after meals. This will help to rinse away food particles and substances that can stain your teeth.
2) Use a straw. Using this simple device prevents staining substances from touching your teeth.
3) Follow a good dental hygiene program. One of the easiest ways to keep your teeth white is to simply brush and floss them.
4) Give over-the-counter whitening products a try. If you have mild to moderate tooth discoloration, some of the less aggressive whitening products may be able to help. Try a good quality product from your local grocery store or pharmacies. Just be sure to use the products only as directed and consult your dentist about possible side effects.
5) Try whitening in your dentist’s office. For in-office professional teeth whitening procedures, your dentist will use a chemically activated whitening treatment to remove deeper stains on your teeth. These products contain a higher concentration of whitening agents to remove stains from your teeth, along with potassium nitrate, and fluoride to reduce sensitivity and strengthen teeth.
This type of treatment is usually recommended for patients with moderate to heavy staining and multiple visits may be required. However, this method is generally the most effective and can result in the most drastic changes in the color of teeth over shorter periods of time.
6) Get a custom-made whitening tray from your dentist. For tooth whitening at home, custom whitening trays from your dentist are recommended to reduce gum irritation. If you choose this method, a mold of your tooth structure will be specially created to hold whitening gel. This is worn over the teeth at home so they can soak in the whitening gel for a prescribed amount of time.
7) Increase the fiber in your diet. The consumption of high-fiber foods like fruits and green, leafy vegetables can help keep your teeth from discoloring. These foods can also stimulate the formation of saliva in the mouth, which clears away excess food particles and neutralizes acid in your mouth.
8) Chew sugar-free gum when you can’t brush. Many sugar-free gums are great for washing away food particles and plaque that are stuck on teeth. Some even have mild whitening properties.
All in all, keeping your teeth white and bright is not that hard if you have the will and a bit of extra money in your budget. Give us a call today to learn more about how Cape Dental Care can help you get a whiter smile.
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Dr. Phillip Kraver
3001 Del Prado Blvd S.
Cape Coral, FL
Monday: 8AM – 5PM
Tuesday: 8AM – 5PM
Wednesday: 8AM – 5PM
Thursday: 8AM – 5PM
Friday: 8AM – 1PM