Everyone wants whiter teeth. There are numerous whitening products online, in retail stores, professional whitening products, and now there are DIY methods.

Brush with baking soda

Baking soda is a bicarbonate compound that is mildly abrasive.  This basic nature of baking soda, and its abrasiveness, can help to remove surface stains, leaving teeth whiter.

To use baking soda I place some of the product in a cup, dip the wet bristles of my toothbrush into the baking soda, and carry the brush to my mouth for brushing my teeth.

Use a very gentle application of pressure while brushing to minimize wearing the enamel.

Prevention

To really achieve the whitening results that you want, you must brush and floss your teeth.  I recommend going beyond the normal brushing and flossing by using the Sonicare electric toothbrush.  This ultrasonic instrument will clean your teeth better than any toothbrush in the market, reducing stains that develop from normal eating and bacteria.

I also recommend going beyond regular flossing by using a Waterpik.  Irrigating with a pressurized water stream helps to remove food particles and reduce build-up.  The end result is whiter teeth and healthier gums.

Avoid coffee, red wine and cigarettes

Though our teeth normally feel very smooth, the enamel actually has tiny pits and ridges that can absorb particles of food and drink, taking on staining.  Coffee and red wine are foods widely recognized for causing teeth staining, so avoid them.

In addition to the natural staining of coffee and red wine, these, along with cigarettes, can cause drying of the mouth.  Saliva is a natural buffer and lubricant that helps to digest and swallow food.  If we lack a normal amount of saliva, foods and stains can more easily stick to the teeth.

Stay hydrated

Water with our meal can help lubricate our mouth and wash away food particles.  This can help keep staining reduced.

Professional whitening

For the most dramatic whitening results you should purchase a whitening product through from your dentist, who will verify that you do not have cavities, assess the degree of sensitivity you may have, and monitor your efforts.

I encourage you to call us today at Chamberlain Dental Health to brighten your smile!