3 Easy Steps To Brighter, Healthier Looking Teeth

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Looking to improve the look of your teeth and smile? Here are three easy steps to getting the bright, healthy smile you've been dreaming of:

Drink Plenty of Water Every Day

Water helps keep your teeth clean between meals as it washes away small pieces of debris that may be stuck between teeth, and it rinses away residue covering your teeth that could result in staining as time goes on. Drinking lots of water every day not only helps to keep your teeth clean, but it can also strengthen your teeth over time so they stay healthy as you age. Try to drink a glass of water every morning when you wake up, after each meal, and before you go to bed at night. Sipping water with snacks and between meals will optimize hydration and saliva production throughout the day too.

Change Your Eating and Drinking Habits

In addition to including lots of water in your day, it's important to consider making a few changes to your eating and drinking habits for optimized tooth health and minimized staining. Start by limiting food and drinks that tend to quickly and easily stain teeth such as:

  • Coffee

  • Tea

  • Red Wine

  • Berries

  • Marinara Sauce

Instead of drinking coffee or tea to energize yourself, try adding slices of lemon to your water or enjoying a clear energy drink. Skip the alcohol altogether, or enjoy a little vodka with sparkling water and lime juice to wind down. And go for creamy pasta sauces instead of marinara whenever possible.

Invest in Modern Whitening and Filling Services

To make sure that your smile stays white and looks healthy between dental cleanings, schedule a professional teeth whitening session once or twice a year and have your old fillings replaced with modern filling options. Your dentist should be able to provide you with the latest teeth whitening technology as it becomes available, so your whitening experience will only get better as time goes on and you may have to do it less as the treatments become more effective.

And nowadays, your dentist can replace your old metal fillings with tooth-colored fillings so they're practically undetectable when you smile and talk. Depending on your needs and your dentist's recommendations, they can use materials such as porcelain and composite resins to make your teeth look full and healthy instead of old and worn down.

With these tips and tricks in mind, you should find it easy to maintain a healthy and bright smile as time goes on. For more tips, contact a company like Rutherford Gregory S DDS.


19 December 2017

Getting Your Toddler to the Dentist Once and For All

Toddlers should see a dentist for the first time by the age of twelve months or by the time their first tooth comes in. But if you are a parent with toddlers anything like mine, the prospect of going to the dentist (let alone anywhere!) can be pretty intimidating. My kids were a handful growing up. They had tantrums any time we would have to sit in a waiting room, and they refused to get in the dentist's chair during their first few visits. So, I had to employ a professional to help me make the transition to finally getting them in that dental chair without all the screaming and crying. I know I'm not the only parent in this situation, so I decided to share the information I've learned with others who can use a little help. You can find all my advice right here on these pages!