What do people notice when you smile? Is it your friendly personality and your happy disposition, or when you smile do they see discoloration and stains on your teeth? If you're like many patients in Ottawa, you want to rid your smile of that discoloration and bring back your bright, happy smile. To understand how to keep your teeth bright and white, it's important to understand what causes the discoloration in the first place.
Teeth staining or discoloration is caused by several factors, including:
Food and beverages
: Do you need a cup of coffee, or three, to get going in the morning? Do you enjoy a glass of red wine after a long day? Is your favorite meal a plate of pasta tossed in a dark red sauce? If the foods and beverages that you frequently eat and drink are dark brown or dark red, they could be staining your teeth or cause them to become dark over time. Try to limit eating and drinking these items. However, if you can't give them up, use a straw when drinking to keep the dark liquids from touching, and staining, your teeth. Additionally, try to brush your teeth or at least rinse your mouth with water to remove the particles of food and drink that stain your teeth.
: Some medicines used by children whose teeth are still growing can cause teeth to become discolored. Additionally, use of certain antihistamines and blood pressure medications can cause adult teeth to become darker. It is important that your dentist knows about all medications that you're taking.
: Quite simply, our teeth often begin to become discolored as we age. The outer layer of the tooth wears away as we get older, revealing a darker layer of material.
Poor dental hygiene
: Most people know that brushing and flossing are the key to keeping your mouth healthy, your gums clean, and your breath fresh. However, those same practices are also important steps to keep your teeth white. Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice and floss at least once each day.
: This habit is not only bad for your health; it's bad for your teeth. The nicotine and tar in cigarettes can cause your teeth to become yellow and stained. If you smoke, or if you use other tobacco products, consider kicking the habit.
A bright smile is important to you and it's important to Dr. France Chevalier and her team. If dark beverages, lack of proper brushing and flossing, medication, or aging has caused your teeth to become discolored or yellow, Dr. Chevalier can talk to you about your options for professional dental whitening that will keep your teeth bright and white. Call today with any questions, or to schedule your appointment.
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