A bright white smile can give you the confidence boost you need to make this new year really count. Thankfully, whitening your teeth is a lot easier than you’d think. Try following these five easy steps to transform your smile and start 2019 on the right foot!
1. Stick to teeth-friendly foods.
If you want to whiten your teeth this year, there are a number of foods and beverages you’ll want to avoid. Coffee and wine, for starters, can leave dark stains on your teeth that are hard to remove. You may also be surprised to learn that highly acidic foods—including citrus fruits like pomegranates—can stain your teeth and leave them looking duller. You’ll also want to avoid sugary foods. This includes candy and soda, but can also include surprising foods like ketchup and barbecue sauce! Be particularly diligent about avoiding staining sauces, dressings, and spices, including paprika, curry, turmeric, balsamic vinegar, and marinara.
2. Form good habits.
If there’s one thing you need to do to brighten your smile in 2019, it’s flossing! It is important to make flossing a part of your daily routine, as this can help you to fight plaque. When you skip this important habit, the plaque between your teeth and gums can cause decay, leading to a yellowing stain on your teeth. Therefore, start making flossing a part of your daily routine!
3. Quit smoking.
Not only does smoking increase your risk for tooth decay, oral cancer, and gum disease, but it also discolors your dental enamel. Cigarettes contain nicotine which creates a yellow stain on your teeth. Additionally, cigarettes contain tar, which leaves a blackish brown stain that is difficult to remove. Therefore, in order to get a brighter, whiter smile, you’ll want to kick this harmful habit.
4. Schedule a whitening treatment.
Professional whitening treatments can drastically transform your smile! This in-office procedure lifts years of stains from the surface of your teeth—making them up to eight shades whiter with just one 30-minute appointment! So if you want to have a beautiful new smile in 2019, you’ll want to schedule your whitening treatment today.
5. Make your next dentist appointment.
If you want a whiter smile, you must first have a healthy smile. Oral health issues like gum disease and tooth decay can leave stains on the surface of your teeth that are difficult to remove. By booking your next appointment, your dentist will be able to diagnose and treat any underlying oral health issues. We’ll also perform a thorough professional cleaning, which will allow us to remove tartar buildup, clear away plaque, and polish your pearly whites! By scheduling your next check-up, you can start the new year with a beautiful—and healthy!—smile.
Would you like to schedule your next visit to the dentist? Call Dental Roots in Naperville today!