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5 Steps for a Brighter Smile at Home

5 Steps for a Brighter Smile at Home

Whether you’re looking to make recent whitening treatments last longer or you simply want to improve the aesthetics of your smile, achieving a brighter smile at home has never been easier. Here are some simple, safe steps for keeping your smile looking its best.

Be diligent about brushing and flossing

Daily dental hygiene is the foundation of a beautiful, healthy smile. Regularly removing plaque not only helps prevent decay and gum disease from damaging your smile but also prevents this natural occurring substance from staining dental enamel. For best results, our Beaverton dentists recommend brushing after meals and flossing at least twice a day.

Rinse Often

While we often don’t think about it, countless foods and drinks can stain our smiles, leaving teeth dull and yellowed despite consistent and effective brushing. To help preserve the whiteness of your smile, we recommend rinsing your mouth after meals, particularly when you drink dark liquids like red wine, coffee, tea, or soda. You can also drink through a straw to help minimize these liquids’ contact with your teeth.

Stay Hydrated

Like every other part of your body, your smile requires plenty of water in order to maintain peak health and wellness. In addition to helping wash away leftover food and plaque, drinking plenty of water throughout the day helps ensure proper saliva production, a key element in cavity and gum disease prevention that helps prevent bacteria and plaque from sticking to teeth. Drinking a glass of water with every meal and gradually substituting water for soda or other drinks can help encourage healthy, brighter smiles between dental appointments.

Reevaluate your Diet

While acidic and sugary foods can negatively impact your smile by wearing down dental enamel and increasing the risk of decay, fresh fruits and vegetables can help you achieve a whiter, healthier smile. In particular, snacking on hard, raw fruits and veggies help encourage increased saliva production as well as help “scrub” plaque off of teeth.

Consider the Impact of Habits on your Smile

Tobacco not only stains teeth, but dramatically increases a patient’s risk of developing periodontal disease, tooth decay, and oral cancer. With these consequences in mind, we recommend that patients reach out to their primary care provider to learn more about their options for quitting this habit.

At Farmington Dental Care, we offer a wide array of cosmetic treatments to help our patients achieve their best smile yet. For more information about our available services, schedule your visit with our Beaverton dentists today. 

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