Food and beverages most definitely affect your teeth. Sugary foods and carbonated drinks are among the biggest culprits for creating bacteria which produce acids that slowly dissolve and damage your teeth. Avoid drinking coffee, tea, soft drinks, red wine, and especially smoking. You may even want to avoid some medications. If you cannot completely cut these out of your life, rinse your mouth out after you use them.
Avoid acidic foods and beverages should also be avoided. These can weaken or wear away the enamel on your teeth, and eroded enamel allows the yellow dentin to show through on natural teeth. Artificial coloring in any foods and condiments can stain your natural teeth including any newly whitened teeth. Candy, popsicles, and fruit punch are examples.
Among the foods we most highly recommend are dark, green leafy vegetables with plenty of calcium and other nutrients.
Drink plenty of water and if your mouth is feeling dry then chew a piece of sugarless gum to cause saliva to flow. The American Dental Hygienists Association refers to saliva in an online pamphlet as “your mouth’s most powerful natural defense against [tooth] decay.” Saliva contains bicarbonate, calcium, and phosphate so it not only reduces the damage that acid can do, but it also helps repair your teeth.
There are three steps that are widely viewed by dentists as the best and easiest ways to help you care for your mouth, teeth and gums: (1) Brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes, especially first thing in the morning and before bedtime; (2) Brush in gentle circles and avoid brushing the gums to help remove harmful bacteria that will lead to tooth decay; and (3) and Limit the number of times you eat snacks each day. Please Note: Full hygiene instructions are available for all patients of Dr. Patrick Smith at Juno Beach Dental.
Floss at least twice a day: once in the morning after breakfast and once at night before going to bed. The benefits of flossing have been called into question but Dr. Smith says flossing has always been one of the ways he believes will help patients who have inflammation of the gums.
Visit your dentist every six months for an oral exam and professional cleaning. Regularly scheduled visits to the dentist for cleanings reveal if any changes have occurred to the teeth, the mouth and possibly other parts of the body. As you have undoubtedly heard in the news and through your medical doctors is that the mouth is the gateway to the rest of the body and is often overlooked when it comes to personal wellness.
Teeth grow increasingly yellow with age. Drinks like coffee and tea and habits like smoking can stain teeth badly. Professional teeth whitening is often the best and only solution to restore them and create that smile that fits with your facial complexion.
Dr. Smith utilizes the Zoom laser whitening system which is a photochemical process activated by plasma light. One of the best features of Zoom is that it can be used to match teeth to crown and bridge work.
If you decide to continue whitening your smile with a professional teeth whitening treatment, you want the results to last as long as possible. Unfortunately, the same things that stained your teeth prior to the treatment can stain them after the treatment. Over time, common staining will occur. To help slow down that process, Juno Beach Dental offers useful tips to make your brilliant smile last.
First, rinse daily with anti-cavity rinse. This improves dental hygiene, minimizes bacteria, slows the buildup of plaque, and also helps whiten your teeth. Additionally, there are many over-the-counter rinses with an additional whitening agent which will help extend the results of the whitening process.
Avoid acidic foods and beverages. These can weaken or wear away the enamel on your teeth, and eroded enamel allows the yellow dentin to show through.
Artificial coloring in any foods and condiments can stain your newly whitened teeth. Candy, popsicles, and fruit punch are examples.
We probably don’t need to remind you, but brushing your teeth thoroughly a couple times a day will help you keep your white smile. You may choose a toothpaste with extra whitening or baking soda to help the process. Proper brushing should take you at least two minutes using short circular brush strokes, paying close attention to the gum line and hard-to-reach areas. Clean the outer surfaces of your upper, then lower teeth, including the inner surfaces. Finally, don’t forget the chewing surfaces and your tongue. Using good brushing techniques for 120 seconds will support oral hygiene, and permanent stains will not build up as fast.
It doesn’t take too much effort to make your whitened smile last. If you have any questions or would like additional tips on how to retain your fresh, white smile, call Dr. Patrick Smith at (561) 694-9000.