Have you looked in the mirror lately and felt down about the color of your teeth? Due to age, lifestyle, genetics — or some combination of these — many people have pearly whites that are a far cry from white. And dingy, yellowed teeth do no favors for your appearance or self-esteem.
But you don’t have to live with discolored teeth. There are steps you can take to make them bright and beautiful once again.
Restore Your Smile’s Luster
If your teeth are looking more yellow or brown than white, here are a few ways to help turn things around.
Develop Good Oral Hygiene Habits
This is one of the best — and easiest — ways to ensure your teeth remain healthy, strong, and clean. The elements of a good home oral hygiene routine include:
- Brushing twice a day, for two minutes at a time, using fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush.
- Flossing at least once a day, getting between every tooth.
- Rinsing with a fluoride mouthwash each time you brush.
Watch What You Eat
Certain foods and drinks can have a darkening effect on your pearly whites. You don’t have to avoid them altogether — after all, many of these are otherwise quite good for you — but try to brush after eating them or at least rinse your mouth out with water. Here are some of the worst teeth-staining culprits:
- Coffee and tea
- Dark berries (blackberries, pomegranates, cherries, blueberries)
- Tomato sauce
- Wine (even white, due to the acid)
- Sodas and sports drinks
- Soy sauce
Visit the Dentist Twice a Year for a Cleaning and Exam
If your teeth are generally healthy, perhaps you think you can get away with skipping out on your dental checkups. Well, not only are regular professional cleanings and exams vital to the overall health of your teeth and gums, but we can scrub off stubborn stains that you can’t at home.
If You Smoke, Resolve to Give It Up
If you smoke or use tobacco in any form, there are many, many reasons to quit: cancer, lung disease, and periodontal disease, to name a few. But smoking and smokeless tobacco also cause nasty and hard-to-remove brown stains on your teeth. If you want to quit but don’t know where to start, here are some resources from the CDC.
Consider Professional Whitening Treatments
Perhaps the fastest way to turn around a dingy smile is to consider professional teeth whitening. At Nashua Family Dentistry, we offer the highest quality smile-enhancing products. Keep in mind that our treatments are far more effective than drugstore whitening kinds, which use non-custom-fitted trays and a lower percentage of active ingredient. We can get your teeth looking gorgeous with minimal sensitivity.
Call Nashua Family Dentistry Today
If you’d like to discuss teeth whitening treatments with us — or are due for a cleaning and exam — call our Nashua, NH office at 603-546-7460. Or get in touch online and we will help you set up an appointment.