Kiefer Family Dental wants to help you with FIVE EASY TIPS (you may not have known) to lead to a brighter smile and whiter teeth. We already know that brushing our teeth, in general, is the most important thing we can do for the overall health and look of our teeth and smile. Here are those other tips that you can use to get those teeth even whiter!
1 – Practice Good Oral Hygiene
The simplest and most effective way to maintain the whiteness of your teeth is to practice good oral hygiene. At a minimum, this means brushing for the required four minutes a day, two times a day, daily.
There is some evidence that electric toothbrushes are better for cleaning, particularly ones with smaller heads, but if you have a good technique, it shouldn’t matter what you use. Take time to brush all the corners of your mouth, placing your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums. Follow up with flossing and mouthwash for even better results.
2 – Brushing With Baking Soda Toothpaste
A study found that toothpaste containing baking soda were significantly more effective at preventing stains and whitening teeth than regular silica-based toothpaste. Simply mixing a teaspoon of baking soda with a small glass of water, or applying it directly to the teeth using a toothbrush, can also remove some stains. However, as baking soda is an abrasive, it can damage the tooth enamel. Minimize the risk to your enamel by only doing this once a week or so.
3 – Eat Strawberries & Apples
Despite the red color, strawberries can be a natural teeth whitener. A study found that strawberry juice had a whitening effect on teeth stained by coffee. Strawberries contain malic acid, which whitens the teeth. The same goes for apples, which not only contain malic acid but a lot of water, which helps wash away leftover food and residue on the teeth. Hard, crunchy vegetables such as carrots and celery also have a cleansing effect.
4 – Eat Cheese
Eating cheese is another way to clean teeth and keep them white, while the natural minerals it contains can strengthen your enamel. Cheese has calcium for starters, which is really beneficial for your teeth. Whiter cheeses are even better, with cheddar being one of the most effective because the rest of its cleansing properties lie in the hard surface structure, meaning that softer cheese such as brie and blue cheese do not give the same results.
5 – Visit Your Dentist
If your teeth are more severely stained, then you will need to visit a dentist to get them whitened. They will apply a carefully controlled concentration of bleach to the teeth using a tray that is molded to fit your mouth. When having your teeth whitened with bleach, it is extremely important to go to a qualified dentist (Kiefer Family Dental) rather than visiting a beauty salon (where it is illegal) or ordering products online.
We at Kiefer Family Dental hope that this list is helpful. Perhaps you learned something you didn’t know that was detrimental to your oral health. The office of Kiefer Family Dental provides the best in modern dentistry for individuals and families should you have any problems from the list.
Our highly-qualified dentists and gentle hygienists work hard to combine knowledge and skill with the latest in technology to give our patients the best possible dental outcomes. With services ranging from periodontal therapy, oral surgery. dental implants, dentures and even being set up for Invisalign clear braces, Kiefer Family Dental is your Evansville, Indiana A+ dental choice. Call (812) 424-9506 or use the website to book an appointment online.