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4 Tips to Help You Achieve a Whiter Smile

May 2, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_neslund @ 11:30 pm
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Have your teeth become discolored throughout the years? This is perfectly natural and can happen for a variety of different reasons, including the use of tobacco products, drinking pigmented beverages, and just aging. Regardless, this is still one of the biggest insecurities that people have about their teeth. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to achieve a whiter smile. Continue reading to learn about some of the most effective.

Excellent Oral Hygiene

If you aren’t maintaining excellent oral health by brushing twice and flossing every single day, your smile won’t be getting any whiter. By brushing and flossing, you are removing food debris, plaque, and bacteria, therefore helping to prevent both staining and discoloration between the teeth and along the gumline. It is also a good idea to rinse using a mouthwash and see your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups every six months.

Cut Down on Sweets

Occasional sugary treats aren’t usually harmful, but if you are indulging too often, you could end up with some dental problems on your hands. When you consume sugar, the bacteria in your mouth feed off of it and produce a weak acid as a by-product. This is what is so harmful for your teeth. If you decide to have a sugary treat on occasion, brush your teeth afterwards.

Limit Pigmented Foods and Beverages

One of the most common causes of discoloration has to do with pigmented foods and beverages. For example, if you have coffee every morning and a glass of red wine at night, your teeth can become stained over time. If you like to enjoy beverages like these, be sure to take some precautionary measures. Drink them quickly or use a straw to reduce the contact the liquid has with your teeth.

Teeth Whitening

If you are looking to reduce staining and discoloration, give your dentist a call. Take-home teeth whitening could be a great option for you. After checking to ensure that you don’t have any preexisting oral health issues, your dentist will provide you with custom whitening trays and a whitening agent that is stronger than anything you can find in stores. This way, you can whiten you smile by several shades in the comfort of your own home.

You don’t need to settle for discoloration. By talking to your dentist and using the tips listed above, you will be showing off a brighter, whiter smile in no time!

About the Author

Dr. Thomas Neslund is an experienced dentistry who has been working in the field for more than three decades. He earned his DMD degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and was commissioned later that year by the U.S. Public Service known as the Indian Health Service. During his assignment to the Choctaw Indian Reservation in Philadelphia, MS, he expanded his knowledge in many facets of dentistry, including restorative, endodontic, surgical, and pediatric dentistry. To learn more about teeth whitening or to schedule an appointment at his office in Carlisle, visit his website or call (717) 258-5455.

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