Make a healthy smile a priority.
When you look at another adults’ smiles, do you pay attention to the color of their teeth? If you are like most adults, of course you do because, quite frankly, we all like to see white teeth on ourselves and others. Whiter teeth make your mouth look healthier and cleaner and, thus, more welcoming to others. For this reason, teeth whitening has become quite the rage over the last couple of decades.
Bad Habits That Help Prevent Whiter Teeth
Though some people are genetically blessed with whiter teeth than others, some habits and behaviors can make it harder for us to maintain whiter teeth on our own. That said, all teeth will start to yellow and discolor as we get older.
Some harmful health habits can stain our teeth, and in many cases, these habits are bad for our overall health. Here are a few bad habits that can stain your teeth.
- Smoking cigarettes or cigars, or using chewing tobacco
- Consumption of red wine
- Drinking coffee
- Drinking dark or caramel-colored soda
- Eating dark-colored berries. We know this one might seem counterintuitive as berries are loaded with healthy antioxidants. If you like berries, be sure to brush your teeth after enjoying them.
- Taking certain medications such as tetracycline
How You Can Achieve Whiter Teeth at Home
We’re not going to hide from you that cosmetic dental procedures, such as the KöR® Whitening Deep Bleaching™ system used by Drs. Barr, Diachenko, and Zaim, can provide fast, dramatic results that can get you those whiter teeth. We know that many busy adults prefer to take advantage of at-home teeth whitening kits before going the professional route. Thankfully, it is possible to take steps to healthily achieve whiter teeth from the comfort of your own home.
Aside from avoiding the bad habits mentioned above, those looking for at-home teeth whitening solutions should consider the four following strategies.
1. Invest in whitening toothpaste and mouthwash.
If you do not have severe staining, you may find whitening toothpastes, mouthwashes, and at-home bleaching kits effective in removing surface stains from your teeth. Be sure to look for products with the approval seal from the American Dental Association (ADA).
2. Practice proper oral care for whiter teeth.
The best at-home tactic you can take to prevent staining and achieve a whiter mouth is to brush, floss, and use mouthwash consistently. Brushing at least twice a day or after meals and flossing and using a fluoridated mouthwash once per day can keep your mouth clean and fresh and can prevent food stains from occurring in the first place. However, proceed with caution when deciding to brush your teeth immediately after consuming acidic foods or beverages, such as citrus fruits, soda, and red meat, as this can cause enamel erosion over time.
3. Drink plenty of water.
Not only is water good for your overall health, but the consumption of water helps wash away staining elements in our mouths. When you consume fluoridated water in particular, you give your oral health an added boost. Since water is naturally calorie-free, is suitable for your teeth and overall health, and can help you maintain whiter teeth, be sure to drink up!
4. Eat fruits and vegetables with high water content.
Along the same lines as our previous suggestion, eating healthy fruits and vegetables can be good for your mouth and overall health. In particular, replacing salty chips with a crunchy fruit or vegetable at snack time will help increase saliva production, which can remove stuck food particles and cleanse your teeth of the plaque and bacteria that cause yellow teeth. Fruits such as papaya and pineapple containing papain and bromelain, which can help aid in at-home teeth whitening and stain removal. Not only that, but these fruits are quite beneficial for your overall health too.
Leveraging the above strategies will help you feel healthier and help you achieve the whiter teeth you are hoping for. Before long, your smile will brighten as those stains start to fade away!
Cosmetic dentistry can help you achieve whiter teeth.
Though we highly recommend the previously mentioned strategies for at-home whitening to help you obtain whiter teeth, we know that sometimes it might not be enough. Cosmetic dentistry can offer life-changing results, including whiter teeth. Whether you have questions about how to get whiter teeth on your own or you want to try a professional tooth-whitening service, don’t hesitate to give our office a call at (312) 372-4844. We’re happy to answer your questions and get you on the path to a whiter smile.
If you would like to try professional tooth-whitening, such as the KöR® Whitening Deep Bleaching™ system, all you need to do is complete our online appointment request form. Our patients have experienced tremendous results, and we are confident that you can too.