Teeth whitening is a sure way to build your confidence and make you smile. You may choose to have your teeth whitened professionally at our office or to do it yourself at home with a take-home whitening kit. Either way, it is important to continue caring for your teeth after the whitening process, to ensure optimal results for as long as possible. Here are some whitening tips to ensure your smile stays bright and you remain confident.
Dentist visits are critical for removing the plaque and stains that develop over time on your teeth, but daily use of whitening toothpaste approved by your dentist can help slow the yellowing process. Ingredients in safe whitening toothpaste can gently scrub your teeth to remove stains, making it a great product for some people to use between dentist whitenings and cleanings. If you are looking to whiten teeth at home or to use a whitening toothpaste, ask your dentist first. Some products contain abrasive materials that can damage enamel over time and some people should not use whitening toothpaste.
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, enabling them to remove some of the substances that can discolour your teeth.
Your smile might not be as bright as you’d like because of weakened enamel. Dental enamel is a naturally hard substance, but it cannot repair itself when weakened because it does not consist of living cells. Once your enamel has been affected by oral disease, you cannot restore it and 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 barrier means your teeth can better withstand the wear and tear that comes with consuming acidic foods and beverages. This means fewer stains left behind on weakened enamel.
Eating foods high in calcium such as cheese and yogurt can help keep your teeth strong and 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. Since dairy products do tend to be high in fats, 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. Using these tips will help keep your teeth white between visits, but make sure to also remember daily brushing, flossing and routine dental checkups. KR Dental offers cosmetic dentistry and emergency dentistry services in the Oshawa area for your convenience. Call us today to book an appointment!