Tips for Keeping Your Teeth White and Healthy

by Riverside Heights Dental December 4th, 2014 in Dental Health
Tips for Keeping Your Teeth White and Healthy

There are a wide range of dental products for teeth whitening that you can buy at the drugstore, as well as professional teeth whitening treatments available from the dentist. But the real way to keep your teeth white in the long term is to avoid the activities that darken or stain your teeth in the first place. Here are a few things that can cause your bright white smile to grow a bit dimmer over time. 

Reduce Coffee and Tea 

One of the most common culprits is coffee. Both coffee and black tea will slowly stain and darken the enamel of the teeth. And the more your drink, the more of an effect it’ll have. You’re better off drinking one big, strong cup of coffee or tea in the morning and one more after lunch, instead of drinking a steady flow of hot drinks throughout the day. Teeth whitening options for coffee and tea drinkers include the things you can buy in the store, but to really get your teeth bright white again you may need teeth whitening treatments from the dentist. 

Don’t Smoke Tobacco 

Smoking is another culprit and stains on teeth from smoking tobacco are pretty resistant to products like teeth whitening toothpaste. No matter how often you brush, you’ll see your teeth continue to yellow over time. If you needed one more reason to quit, the health of your teeth and gums is negatively affected by smoking tobacco. 

Drink White Wine 

Red wine, however delicious, is one of those beverages that will also stain teeth. If you do drink red, be sure to brush with teeth whitening toothpaste afterwards. 

Brushing and Touch-Ups 

If you do consume food or drink that stains teeth, rinse with water or brush your teeth afterwards. Tooth whitening treatments and touch-ups will also help you to keep your smile white. Every six months or once a year could be enough to keep your smile bright white.