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Three Proven Tips to Keep Teeth White
Thanks to advances in oral care, people no longer have to walk around with stained or yellow teeth. These days, brightening your smile is as easy as visiting your dental professional for a whitening treatment or purchasing one of the many at-home treatment options available. Although these methods do help to produce a brighter smile, in order to keep teeth white, you must combine your efforts. Here are three proven methods for doing so:
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
Practicing good oral hygiene is essential for anyone who wants to keep his teeth white. Make a point of brushing your teeth immediately after you eat - this is especially true if you are consuming foods and beverages that are known to stain teeth. Consider using a whitening toothbrush twice a day to help remove any surface stains and decrease any yellowing effects. Additionally, you can also replace your current toothpaste with one made specifically for whitening. It's also important to floss at least once a day to remove any plaque that has built up.
Pay Attention to the Foods You Consume
Keeping your teeth white is a process. While practicing good oral hygiene is clearly important, watching what you eat or drink is just as crucial. Wine, sports drinks, tea, soft drinks, and berries are just some of the substances that can stain your teeth. The color found in these items originates from chromogens, which are deeply pigmented molecules. Unfortunately, these molecules take a liking to the enamel on your teeth, resulting in stains. You can still enjoy a cup of tea or bowl of berries from time to time - just make sure you're practicing moderation.
Schedule Follow-Up Treatments
To keep teeth white, it's not enough to get your teeth whitened once and expect them to stay that way. After you have had your teeth whitened in office, the dentist will likely send you home with an at-home tooth whitening treatment. You'll need to implement these treatments as directed by your dentist to keep your teeth white. The necessary frequency of these at-home cosmetic treatments will depend on the whitening method your dentist is recommending. Lifestyle factors, such as smoking and excessively drinking stain-causing liquids, may require more frequent touch-ups. Speak with your dental professional for more information about the at-home whitening method best suited for you.
Learn more about teeth whitening treatments in the Colgate Oral Care resources.