Five Simple Tips to Keep Your Teeth White in the New Year

Sideline Stain Causing Foods and Beverages

Have your favorite drinks or food been wreaking havoc on your teeth? Try sidelining your soda, coffee, tea or wine to eliminate teeth staining. We know it’s hard to break a habit, don’t worry there are alternatives! An alternative to eliminating stain causing food and beverages is to limit the contact of stain causing residue by drinking through a straw. If you are a smoker or chew tobacco make a resolution to your health and to your teeth for a better you in the new year!

New Year, New Brush

Have you noticed that your bristles are frayed on your toothbrush? That means it’s time for a change! Ditch the brush and bring on a new one. Have you been changing your toothbrush out every 3-4 months? Wow, you’re a pro! If not, never fear start the habit this year. Your toothbrush can host bacteria when you’re in perfect health as well as germs when you’re sick! Changing your brush can help avoid dull and discolored teeth.

Find Teeth Friendly Foods

New year, new you.. new teeth?  Okay okay, we get it! Your teeth may not be at the top of the list.. but a bright white smile is the best accessory! Adding healthier foods keeps your tooth enamel and bones strong as well! Are you looking for healthier snack alternatives? Try adding in apples, kale, nuts, cheeses and milk! Did you know that strong teeth are more stain resistant and hold up better over time? Another great teeth friendly old idea are crunchy veggies and fruit as they ramp up saliva production which helps eliminate bacteria buildup! 

 

Practice Good Oral Hygiene

You’ve probably never heard this.. but you really should practice good oral hygiene. Okay, we’re kidding!! We know you’ve heard this a million times, but that’s because it’s true! Brushing twice daily is the leading cause to a healthy and bright smile. Brushing aides in plaque removal and can prevent stains before they start! Don’t skip brushing your tongue! Bacteria can lay in wait on the surface of your tongue which can increase risk of discoloration.

Rinse Your Way to White Teeth

Another saying you’ve probably heard a time or two. The holidays typically bring sweets and we’re guessing you didn’t rinse after every delectable? That’s okay! Sometimes we get busy, forget, or don’t have water at hand. Pick up this new habit in the new year so you can treat yourself and your teeth! Rinsing helps dislodge materials from your teeth and prevent substances from staining them. 

Visit Your Dentist

Are you scared of the dentist? Good news is you’re not alone. Better news is that you shouldn’t be. We are here to help you and never judge a smile when we see one! We accept you and your teeth the way you are. Visiting your dentist every six months for your routine cleaning is the best and easiest way to keep your teeth clean, healthy, and white! And guess what! Insurance usually covers it!

Schedule your appointment with the Dentists at MaDental & Associates today to combat sensitive teeth!