We often focus on how to protect the overall health of your smile from home, but what about your smile’s esthetics? Since we can’t offer cosmetic treatments for the moment, your Independence, MO, dentist wants you to know how to keep teeth bright and avoid serious discoloration until we can see you again for treatment!
What Causes Teeth Stains?
Several factors could lead to teeth stains, including poor oral hygiene and plaque buildup. When we fail to take proper care of our smile each day, this allows bacteria to break down food particles and coat the teeth in plaque. This sticky layer makes stains more visible, and also boosts the chances of tooth decay and gum disease. Drinks with tannins and dark pigments, like coffee, red wine, tea, and soda could also make discoloration more likely, as could smoking cigarettes and using other tobacco products.
Better Homecare Routines
To limit the severity of plaque, try to eat healthier foods, as sugar and starch often feed harmful bacteria. In addition, be sure you brush your teeth twice a day, once when waking up and again before bed, for about two minutes each session. We also urge people to floss before bed, moving the floss tape up and down each side of every tooth to remove trapped food particles. These steps help limit plaque buildup and reduce the severity of teeth stains until we can see you again for dental cleanings and professional cosmetic treatments, like teeth whitening!
What About Over-The-Counter Solutions?
When you visit the store, you’ll likely see a number of products promising a much brighter smile. While effective, many of these products could also have downsides. For example, whitening strips have been linked tooth sensitivity. Whitening toothpastes, which contain abrasive agents to remove stains, could weaken enamel and cause tooth sensitivity. Along with store bought products, we recommend caution when it comes to popular home remedies, like brushing with vinegar, oil pulling, or using charcoal toothpaste, as these could offer minor results at best and lead to stomachaches! If you have any questions about protecting your smile from stains and issues like cavities and gum disease, then please contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Preventive Dentistry?
We want to make sure you know how to protect the beauty of your smile, even if you’re stuck at home and cannot attend routine visits for checkups, cleanings, or cosmetic care. To learn more about improving the health and beauty of you smile, schedule a consultation by contacting Independence Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Independence, MO, today at 816-350-0808. We also proudly serve patients who live in Blue Springs, Kansas City, and all surrounding communities.