Whether you have your teeth whitened at our office or at home, it is a sure way to build your confidence and make you smile. You should continue looking after your teeth after you have them whitened to ensure that they stay clean for as long as possible. Here are some whitening tips to ensure your smile stays bright and you stay confident.
Dentist visits are critical for removing the plaque and stains that develop over time in your teeth, but whitening toothpaste can help slow the process daily. Ingredients in whitening toothpaste can gently scrub your teeth to remove stains, making it a great product to use between dentist whitenings and cleanings. If you are looking to whiten teeth at home, use oral products with hydrogen peroxide to lighten the colour of your teeth.
You can’t have toothpaste with you all the time, but you can still keep your bright smile intact while you are away from your bathroom sink. Fruits and vegetables such as apples, celery and carrots are naturally abrasive, making them able to remove some of the substances that discolour your teeth.
Your smile might not be as bright as you want because of weakened enamel. It is a naturally hard substance, but it cannot repair itself when it breaks down because enamel does not consist of living cells. Once your enamel has been affected by oral disease, you cannot restore it. Weak enamel tends to be more susceptible to stains. That is where enamel protection comes in handy. Fluoride, which is found in most toothpaste, can help strengthen tooth enamel. A stronger bearer means your teeth can better stand up against the wear and tear that comes with consuming acidic foods and beverages, which means fewer stains left behind on weakened enamel.
Eating foods high in calcium such as cheese and yogurt can help keep your teeth white. Not only do dairy products provide your teeth with the calcium they need to keep enamel healthy, but harder cheeses can also eliminate food particles that stain your teeth. Dairy products do tend to be high in fats though, so be mindful of your portions and opt for lower fat dairy products to maintain a balanced diet.
Whitening at home or seeing your dentist for professional treatments are both viable ways to get rid of stains. To help keep your teeth white between visits, use these tips along with a daily brushing, flossing and routine dental checkups. KR Dental cosmetic dentistry and emergency dentistry services in the Oshawa area for your convenience. Call us today to book an appointment!