Natural ways to maintain a bright smile

Teeth Whitening Tips from our Melton dental experts!

Your smile is usually among the first things that anyone would notice about your face. A bright white smile creates an instant positive impression, and can bring in a lot more ease in social interactions. The results of a study also showed that a white smile made people appear younger and more attractive. However, tooth discolouration is among the most common cosmetic concerns we come across.

This is completely natural, as our teeth tend to lose their brightness over time, due to myriad factors that include diet and lifestyle choices as well as regular wear and tear. It is no wonder then, that there are many who desire whiter teeth. Thankfully, there are a number of easy ways you can achieve a brighter smile via teeth whitening, with minimal effort and just a bit of mindfulness.

Have a daily oral hygiene ritual

This has got to be one of the easiest and most affordable ways to ensure bright looking teeth. You certainly would be familiar with the idea of brushing twice daily, for a minimum of 2 minutes each, and following that up with tongue brushing and flossing. These simple acts take no more than 5-6 minutes a day, but can have a huge and lasting impact on your overall dental health as well.

Apart from this, it is an extremely good practice to rinse your mouth immediately after any meals or drinks. This ensures that it stays clean, and minimizes the chances of any cavities and stains. Do this, and see the difference for yourself!

Use the right products

While on the topic of daily dental care, it is also important to use the right products. A good quality toothbrush with gentle bristles can help you clean away all the leftover food particles without being harsh or abrasive on the teeth. It is essential to replace your toothbrush every three months, to avoid any bacterial growth on the brush, and to maintain the efficacy of the brushing.

You could also choose to use a toothpaste with natural ingredients. These do the job just as well, if not better, and are much better than using chemically laden toothpastes. Alternatively, you could simply use a teeth whitening toothpaste recommended by our Melton dentists!

Watch what you eat… and drink!

Our teeth are subjected to different foods and beverages, some of which could cause them to stain. For instance, tea, coffee, red wine, soft drinks, berries or any other dark coloured foods or beverages can stain the enamel of your teeth. Habits such as smoking can also play a role in discolouration. While we aren’t suggesting that you give up all of these completely (excluding smoking, of course!), it would be good to give your mouth a good rinse after consuming any of these foods, just so that it is completely clean and free of any stain-causing agents.  

While avoiding teeth-staining foods and drinks, you could also choose to have more foods which help in teeth whitening. Crunchy veggies such as apples, carrots, celery can stimulate saliva production, which protects teeth from staining. Citrus fruits such as oranges and lime could gently reduce minor stains, and seeds and nuts could give the gentle abrasion needed to remove plaque.

Don’t miss your bi-annual dental check-up

Regular dental check-ups can play a very important role in not only keeping your smile bright, but also in maintaining your overall dental health. Your dentist would check and notify you about any early signs of decay, and can also give your teeth a professional clean that wouldn’t be possible at home. Any dental issues such as caries could cause staining, and these can be completely avoided with a regular dental practice coupled with dental check-ups.

These are just some tips for keeping your smile bright and healthy. However, if these do not give you the results you need, you could always opt for professional teeth whitening treatments at our Melton clinic. This essentially entails applying a whitening agent to your teeth, which causes chemical reactions that work to reduce or remove discolouration. This is a simple cosmetic dental procedure that can be done in our dentist’s office. You could also opt to take home custom, at-home whitening kits prepared by our dentist. Needless to say, in-chair teeth whitening treatments at our Melton clinic give noticeably better and quicker results as compared to the home whitening kits, as these contain higher potency whitening agents administered under expert supervision.

To know more, please reach out to us at (03) 9994 0001.

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