Dr. Edward Fritz offers tips for keeping your teeth white in Mesa, AZ
Smile into the mirror and make note of what you see. Is your smile bright and white or have years a morning coffee habit left your smile a bit discolored or dark? While coffee is a frequent culprit of discolored teeth, many foods and beverages lead to staining. For example, iced tea, red wine, dark chocolate and red pasta sauce are all items that can leave teeth looking a little less than white. Additionally, tobacco products including cigarettes and smokeless tobacco can lead to yellowing of the teeth.
Your smile is likely the first thing that others notice when they meet you. You use it when you meet strangers or welcome old friends and family. Therefore, it’s no surprise that teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments. However, many patients want to know how they can keep their smiles white without undergoing dental treatment or how they ensure their teeth stay white after treatment.
Dr. Edward Smith of New Health Dental offers these tips for keeping your smile sparkling:
- We know how important that morning cup of coffee can be to getting your day started. However, when the dark beverage contacts your teeth, it leaves behind particles that can lead to staining. If you can’t avoid these beverages, try to drink it before you brush your teeth or rinse your mouth with water afterwards. When you drink dark beverages throughout the day, consider using a straw to keep the beverages from coming into contact with the front of your teeth.
- Ensure that you brush and floss frequently. Ideally, you should brush your teeth after every meal. When that’s not possible, be sure to brush them at least twice a day to remove food particles. While whitening toothpastes are popular, many dentists warn against overuse and suggest you find a regular toothpaste that you like.
- Keep a regular schedule of visits with your dentist. Not only does this appointment provide Dr. Fritz with the opportunity to examine your teeth, gums, and oral tissue, you receive a professional cleaning. This cleaning, performed by a trained professional using specialized equipment, removes food particles, plaque and bacteria that you simply cannot reach at home.
If these tips aren’t enough to make you feel confident about your smile, call Dr. Fritz. The New Health Dental team offers patients several teeth whitening options to help you achieve the smile you want. Dr. Fritz offers both at-home and in-office whitening solutions. The method you choose will likely depend on how quickly you want to achieve results, potential of tooth sensitivity, and whether you wish to wear whitening trays from the comfort of your home.
Your smile is important. Call today to learn more about professional teeth whitening.