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How to Avoid Stains and Keep Your Teeth Whiter

Posted on 22.10.2014 by perfectsmile

Having a set of teeth which look clean and white is about much more than vanity. Like it or not, the appearance of your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you, and if you’re worried that your teeth are grey, yellow or otherwise discoloured, it will stop you feeling relaxed and able to express yourself when meeting people in social or professional situations. If, on the other hand, your teeth are as white as they can be, you’ll know that you’re creating the ideal first impression, and sending out the signal that you’re fit, healthy, clean and look after yourself. What’s more, the knowledge that you’re creating such an impression will allow you to feel fully relaxed and truly express yourself. The good news is that modern dentistry now offers an array of whitening treatments meaning that if your teeth are less than dazzling for whatever reason, you don’t simply have to put up with it. There are many reasons why your teeth might not be as white as they once were. For some people it’s merely a function of growing older – as the enamel wears thinner with age the darker substances beneath begin to show through. For others, it’s a genetic condition which is hard to avoid, but for many, discoloured teeth come about as the result of the food and drink they consume and the oral hygiene programme they pursue. Foods Likely to Stain Teeth

  • Tea: Whilst many types of tea can help to promote overall good health, darker brews actually cause more staining to the enamel of teeth than coffee.
  • Sauces: Strongly coloured food sauces such as tomato sauces, curry sauces containing spices such as turmeric and soy sauce can all badly stain your teeth. Try to eat sauces which are less strongly coloured, and always brush your teeth soon after eating.
  • Sports Drinks: It’s not so much the colour of these drinks that is the problem, more their high acid content. The acid in such drinks can erode the enamel on your teeth, making it thinner, more vulnerable and darker in appearance.
  • Wine: If you’ve ever spilled a glass of red wine it should be fairly obvious that it has deep staining properties. More surprising, however, is the fact that white wine can also discolour teeth due to its’ high acid content.
  • Fruit and Berries: Whilst fresh fruit is undoubtedly good for you, strongly coloured berries such as cherries, pomegranates, blackberries and blueberries can all stain the teeth, whilst the acid present even in paler fruits can cause damage.
  • Fizzy drinks: Mass produced fizzy soda drinks, even if they’re not strongly coloured, tend to be packed with dyes which can discolour your teeth. Even the low sugar versions are high in acid which will erode the enamel, so the best possible tip is to avoid them altogether.
  • Confectionary: The next time you see a child (or even yourself) eating a piece of confectionary which stains the tongue bright red or blue, remind yourself that it can have the same effect on the surface of your teeth.

Tips to Keep your Teeth Whiter

  • Use a Straw: If you sip strongly coloured drinks through a straw the liquid will be kept away from the surface of your teeth.
  • Swallow Quickly: If you swallow your drinks quickly, and in particular don’t swill it around your mouth, it will have less time to stain your teeth.
  • Brush and Rinse: As soon as you’ve finished eating or drinking something that you fear might stain your teeth, rinse your mouth out with clean water. Don’t brush your teeth straight away, as the acid in food and drink will have rendered the enamel vulnerable. You should wait for an hour or so after eating before brushing your teeth.
  • Chew the Right Stuff: Certain foods can encourage the production of saliva, which helps to rinse your teeth clean. Apples, celery and carrots fall into this category, as well as having a rough texture which helps to scrub the surface of the teeth. Sugar free gum is also useful in this respect, as it produces saliva without attacking the enamel.
  • Hygiene: A simple tip, but one which shouldn’t be neglected, is to brush and floss your teeth in the correct manner at least twice a day. If you’re unsure of the very best flossing and brushing techniques then book an appointment with your dental hygienist, who will be only too happy to explain and demonstrate.

Teeth Whitening If it’s already too late for you to take the kind of steps listed above, then rest assured your dentist can offer teeth whitening treatments specifically designed to make your teeth several shades whiter. Although over the counter treatments are available, the chemicals involved in bleaching teeth are very strong and could be dangerous if not administered correctly, so it’s always best to do so with some professional help. Almost all teeth whitening takes the form of the application of a bleaching agent to the enamel of your teeth, via a dispensing tray which has been custom crafted to be an exact fit. In many cases, your dentist will apply the first treatment and then give you the tray and chemicals to take home, allowing you to repeat the process daily at your convenience. The length of time the treatment lasts will depend upon the extent to which your teeth are stained and the results you wish to see. Innovation The latest innovations in the realm of teeth whitening concentrate on the speed with which results can be expected. In the past, any discernible difference might well take several weeks or even months to become apparent, but the latest treatments, such as laser or zoom whitening, can achieve noticeable improvements in just a single trip to the surgery. Under treatments such as these, the bleaching gel is applied to the teeth and then treated with a special laser or light which causes it to be activated and take effect much more quickly. If you’d like to access teeth whitening treatment in London then pay a visit to your nearest Perfect Smile dental clinic, or log onto the website. There you’ll find details of the latest laser whitening treatments and special offers which make this a more affordable option than ever before. Don’t look in the mirror and wonder how it would feel to have dazzling white teeth – book an appointment today and find out for real.

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