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7 Everyday Tips for Whiter Teeth

Healthy White TeethHere are some simple, everyday tips that can improve your oral health and give you whiter teeth!

  1. Cut out the stain-causing food.Some of the biggest culprits for stained teeth are the foods we eat or drink. Typically, anything with a dark color will likely affect your teeth. These include things like coffee, red wine, and even dark sodas and juices. If you can’t bear to do away with these things completely, be sure to brush immediately afterwards, and consider using an over-the-counter bleaching kit or a teeth whitening procedure from your dentist.
  2. Eat stain-fighting foods. Certain foods, like many fruits and vegetables, have the exact opposite effect as the stain-causers discussed above. These foods have a hard texture, and scrape plaque and bacteria off your teeth as you eat. Apples, raw carrots, celery, and unsweetened popcorn are all excellent and healthy choices. And for best results, these should be the final things you eat during a meal.
  3. Replace your toothbrush. Bacteria builds up on your toothbrush over time, so while you may think you keeping up with your oral health, you are just putting (sometimes harmful) bacteria back in your mouth. It is best to change your toothbrush, or replace the head of an electric one, every few months.
  4. Consider getting a tongue scraper. Plaque is not just a tooth problem; it can build up on your tongue as well, and is one of the leading causes of bad breath (halitosis). A tongue scraper does a much better job than just brushing your tongue, so use it every morning.
  5. Vinegar and Baking Soda (just not at once). Both of these substances give an extra boost to your oral health regimen by helping remove stains and killing bacteria. Apple cider vinegar can be used every morning as a gargle before normal brushing, and baking soda should be brushed with once a week as you would with normal toothpaste. (Just avoid using both at once or you might find yourself in a middle school science experiment.)
  6. No Mirrors. It may seem a bit difficult at first, but practice flossing without using a mirror. Once you have mastered this, you can floss anywhere such as in your car or at your desk. Make a habit out of flossing regularly and leave several packages in the areas you frequent throughout the day.
  7. Twice a day! At a minimum you should brush your teeth when you wake up in the morning and before you go to sleep at night. Saliva tends to dry up during the night, so (since it helps prevent plaque buildup) its best brush off all the plaque before this vulnerable period. Brushing first thing in the morning also helps remove plaque and bacteria that has built up as you slept.

About Binu Thomas, DDS

As the head of a boutique, patient focused practice in the heart of Orangevale, Dr. Binu Thomas has been practicing general dentistry for over 20 years. He graduated in the top of his class at dental school, and took advanced training in preventative pediatric dentistry. Over the years, he has trained under some of the best known cosmetic dentists in the nation. He has further advanced his skills and knowledge in endodontics (root canal), cosmetic dentistry, and oral surgery. His efficient, attentive services lead patients to feel well cared-for, no matter their dental needs. His professional team will show you the respect and attention you deserve from the moment you schedule your first appointment. Dr. Thomas has been married for over 20 years to his beautiful wife Aveena, and they have two wonderful children, Joshua and Ariyana. Dr. Thomas is very involved in his community and helps out at the local church, food closet and more.

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