Five Steps To A Sparkling Smile

Everyone deserves a sparking and friendly smile. Most people when asked will say that if there is one thing that they can do today to improve their smile it would be to have a whiter smile. However, with today's modern diet it can be difficult for people to achieve a dazzling white smile on their own.

Unfortunately, staining food and drinks, the ageing process and poor oral hygiene practices can lead to our teeth yellowing, making it very hard to keep those pearly whites clean and bright. A good dental practice such as Vallance Dental Centre can advise you on what to do, but here are some simple steps to a sparkling smile and whiter teeth.

What you can do to get whiter teeth

There are a few things that you can do to help improve the brightness of your smile and the whiteness of your teeth. Let's take a look at five tips for obtaining the dazzling smile you deserve:

1. Reduce or avoid staining food and drink

We all love our favourite food and drink items but many of them are not our friend when it comes to keeping our teeth white. Try to minimise your consumption of highly staining drinks such as coffee, tea and red wine.

Many acidic foods can be very damaging to your teeth and can cause a lot of staining or discolouration over time. Try to reduce your consumption of acidic fruits such as lemons and grapefruit, tomatoes are another highly staining and acidic food that can erode tooth enamel and allow your yellow-coloured dentine showing through.

Eating and drinking sugar-laden food and drink can also cause plaque build up on your teeth that can lead to tooth decay. Tooth decay can cause severe discolouration to your teeth. Even eating what most people believe to be healthy berries and fruits can deliver a high sugar impact as well as staining from the rich pigments contained in the fruit.

2. Use a straw to drink with

You can bypass your teeth and avoid a lot of tooth staining by sipping your drinks through a straw. Using a straw presents a simple barrier between a staining drink and the surface of your teeth. It can also help to prevent staining from food and drink by cleaning your teeth soon after you have finished your meal and drink. Avoid plastic by using a paper straw or a reusable metal straw.

3. Keep a good oral hygiene routine

There is nothing better to help keep your teeth clean and free from plaque build up and staining coatings from food and drink than to brush your teeth twice per day, floss at least once per day and visit your dentist for regular deep cleaning.

4. Stop smoking

If you smoke, then you are not only putting your health at risk, you are also increasing your risks of tooth staining. The nicotine and tar contained in tobacco smoke can easily leach into gaps and fractures in your tooth enamel and leave tell-tale yellow or brown stains on your teeth.

5. Get your teeth whitened by your dentist

Your dentist should be your first call when you want to get your teeth professionally whitened. They can give you a thorough oral examination and recommend a tooth whitening procedure that would be the most effective for you to follow. This may involve in-office treatments at your dental surgery, an at-home overnight whitening system, or a combination of both.

By far the quickest and most effective way to give yourself the sparkling smile you deserve is to book yourself in with your dentist in Little Falls for a professional teeth whitening procedure.

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  1. I've used a straw to drink with ever since I was younger and heard it could help prevent stains!

  2. Some really top tips here. I think avoiding staining foods is a good one and bring on the straws xx

  3. Avoiding teeth staining foods is a top tip, sometimes hard to stick to though

  4. I really would love to stop or even reduce sugar but my obssession is too strong. Teeth whitenning on the other hand, why not.

  5. Good tips love it as a Dental Nurse and always good with the ruby red lips too.

  6. I've heard about using a straw before and I really need to start implementing some of these tips!

  7. I’ve heard of a lot of these tips before and I think your right in the fact that good oral care is essential not only for gum health but a bright smile