As quick as our custom teeth whitening methods are, I understand some p
eople just don’t have time to come into the office for a bleaching appointment. Life is hectic – and we understand.
Thankfully, if you want a brighter smile, there are some things you can do at home to give your teeth a healthier appearance.
Here is what I recommend to patients:
1. Brush and floss properly.
You may think that you’re brushing and flossing your teeth the right way, but chances are you’re not. In fact, many people stand in front of the mirror and go through the motions, not even thinking about what they are doing.
The first thing you’ll want to do is use a soft brush that has rounded nylon bristles. Next, make gentle circular motions at a 45-degree angle to your gum line. Do this for at least two-minutes.
If flossing hurts or makes your gums bleed, keep working at it. The more you floss, the tougher your gums become. Make sure you keep that floss in between every tooth in your mouth.
2. Stop smoking.
It should go without saying that smoking is bad for your body. Period.
In addition to the cancers it puts people at risk for, smoking also wreaks havoc in the mouth. In fact, smokers get periodontal disease at two-to-three times the rate of nonsmokers.
3. Get control of grinding.
Grinding or clenching your teeth (which can intensify if you’re stressed) can cause excessive wear and even cracking and chipping. Tooth wear may start to show up in your late 30s and 40s, and can be seen on areas of a tooth where the enamel is worn smooth.
Also read: Spare Your Teeth from Stress
4. Don’t over bleach.
Home teeth whitening kits may temporarily bleach your teeth, but be careful not to over do it. Touch ups more than once or twice a year can damage your pearly whites by eroding enamel and causing extreme sensitivity.
5. Stock up on calcium and vitamin D.
Bone loss is one of the main reasons people lose teeth later in life. A healthy diet with enough calcium and vitamin D can help you maintain strong bones.
If you do lose a tooth, it’s also very important to get an implant. An implant stabilizes the jaw so the bone doesn’t shrink and make your face look older.
If you have a family history of osteoporosis or periodontal disease, dental checkups are a must.
Also read: Restoring Your Smile with Dentures