Apr 30, 2021

This time, we’re looking at the best cleaning practices for teeth whitening. 

Most people believe having bright, straight teeth helps them become more successful. Notably, studies show that simply smiling can help make people more successful and happier at work.

Therefore, having a beautiful set of white teeth can be more than cosmetic. So, let’s look at a few of the best cleaning practices for a stunning smile.

#1: Routing Dental Cleanings

For a beautiful, white smile, routine dental cleanings are unsurpassed. As they clean your teeth, your dental hygienist will remove stains and polish your teeth. Any signs of plaque and buildup will be removed, leaving teeth stain-free and smooth.

By seeing your dentist for check-ups, you can avoid tooth decay and periodontal disease. Without first addressing these issues, attempts to whiten teeth will not be lasting. However, clean, healthy teeth are much easier to whiten with treatments like gels.

Dr. Schwartz and the team love providing the best general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry for patients of all ages in the Westchester County area.

#2: Safe Professional Teeth Whitening

Safe, professional teeth whitening from a cosmetic dentist is extremely effective. Although there are many options you can try at home, Dr. Scott Schwartz provides the highest quality methods chosen for their safety and effectiveness.

Through a combination of an in-office procedure and follow-up take-home treatment, you can get long-lasting white teeth. Best of all, you will be sure the treatment is safe and won’t leave your mouth feeling sore and sensitive.

By discussing professional teeth whitening with your dentist, you can also make sure your teeth are healthy. In some cases, discolored teeth may be caused by medications, medical conditions, or genetics. If so, Dr. Schwartz will work with you to design a plan to reach your goal of a whiter smile.

#3: Practicing Good Dental Hygiene at Home

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush. If possible, try to brush for two minutes.

Also, the ADA recommends flossing at least once a day to remove any trapped particles of food.

For kids over age six, an ADA-approved mouthwash can help reduce or control plaque, gingivitis, bad breath, and tooth decay.

#4: Avoid Staining Foods and Drinks

Some foods and drinks are more likely to stain your teeth. If these foods would likely stain your shirt, then they will also be more likely to stain teeth over time. You know the likely suspects: wine, coffee, soda, and some berries can leave stains.

If staining foods and drinks are your favorites, consider brushing and rinsing right after you enjoy them. Or, drink from a straw to limit contact with your pearly whites. 

On the other hand, some people claim that strawberries can help whiten your teeth. Thus, you might consider eating more fruits and crunchy veggies to help whiten your teeth.

Similarly, foods that are high in calcium can help keep tooth enamel strong and stain-resistant. Always, it’s a good idea to limit sugary foods and drinks, which can coat teeth and encourage bacteria that cause tooth decay.

#5: Avoid Smoking or Chewing Tobacco 

According to the CDC, in 2019, nearly 14 of every 100 U.S. adults aged 18 years or older smoked cigarettes. Unfortunately, this led to thousands of preventable deaths and diseases. Also, smoking quickly discolors teeth. So quitting the habit can have a whole range of excellent health benefits, including helping your smile stay white.

Similarly, chewing tobacco readily causes teeth to be yellow, but quitting can dramatically improve your appearance and overall health.

Professional Teeth Whitening 

If you’re considering the best cleaning practices for teeth whitening, choose an experienced Cosmetic Dentist. Dr. Schwartz helps patients with cosmetic and restorative dentistry in Westchester County, including people of all ages from:

Schedule a consultation today and find out how easy and affordable it can be to have a beautiful, healthy smile. Have questions? Call our office at (914) 271-6224.

We look forward to discussing more with you about the best cleaning practices for teeth whitening.

 

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