Everyone desires a white, bright smile. Unfortunately, the porous nature of teeth allows for the absorption of color pigments from food and drink, such as tea, coffee, cola, wine, and certain fruits and vegetables. Chewing or smoking tobacco can also create unsightly stains, as well as poor dental hygiene habits. Discoloration is not only caused from extrinsic (external) substances that make contact with your teeth. Tooth stains can also be intrinsic, meaning they are caused by something inside the body. Additionally, genetics and the natural aging process can wear away the outer layer of enamel, revealing the darker dentin layer underneath.
Achieving a whiter, brighter smile can take time but the effort is well worth the reward. Here are some of the best ways to whiten your teeth at home and with help from your Clermont dentist.
1. Focus on Better Brushing and Flossing
Many people overlook the importance of brushing and flossing. While you may be going through the motions each morning and evening as you clean your teeth, it is important to review your technique on occasion. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing for a full two minutes, at least twice a day. Ensure that every nook and crevice is properly cleaned, as well as the inner and outer chewing surfaces of the teeth. Follow up with a thorough flossing that removes stubborn plaque between teeth.
2. Avoid Bad Habits
We all know that smoking is bad for your overall health but did you also know that cigarettes and chewing tobacco can impact your oral health too? The use of tobacco products can cause side effects like bad breath and yellow and brown staining on your teeth. These stains often penetrate the pits and grooves of the enamel, making them difficult to remove with brushing alone. Smoking can also contribute to gingivitis (gum disease) and increase your risk of developing a range of cancers.
3. Consume Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Certain fruits and vegetables can be highly advantageous to your smile. Additionally, pineapple and strawberries have been found to help whiten your teeth. Consuming raw, crunchy veggies, such as carrot sticks or celery, can help rub plaque off your teeth as you chew. While it’s recommended to add fresh fruits and vegetables to your daily diet, it is important not to overindulge in more sugary options. Too much sugar in your diet can support the growth of Streptococcus mutans, a bacterium that contributes to plaque and gum disease.
4. Know Your Medications
Some medications have been found to stain or discolor teeth. The antibiotic tetracycline can cause greying in young children’s teeth that are still developing. Certain types of antihistamines, blood pressure medications, and antipsychotic drugs can also cause tooth staining. Discoloration can also be caused by products you use over the counter, such as antibacterial mouthwashes that contain cetylpyridinium chloride or chlorhexidine.
5. Try Take-Home Teeth Whitening Trays
Many people prefer to whiten their teeth from the comfort and privacy of their own home. At Hancock Village Dental, we offer take-home tooth whitening trays. These trays contain a whitening gel that is applied for one hour a day for 14 consecutive days. The trays are made in our office by our Clermont dentist for a custom fit. Take-home tooth whitening trays offer patients a cost-friendly and effective treatment for achieving a bright, white smile safely and comfortably.
When you contact Hancock Village Dental about take-home trays, we’ll schedule a brief visit to our office to take an impression of your teeth. This impression will be used to create a mold of your teeth to make the custom trays. Dental whitening trays are clear, lightweight, durable, and fit comfortably in the mouth. In as little as two weeks, you can enjoy a visibly whiter smile and peace of mind that your treatment is recommended by a leading Clermont family dentistry practice.
Get Whiter Teeth With Hancock Village Dental
Stained or discolored teeth can affect your self-confidence and prevent you from showcasing your beautiful smile. Reach out to the experienced dental team at Hancock Village Dental today to learn more about our take-home custom teeth whitening trays or to schedule an appointment.