Posted on 09/16/2019 in Other

How to Preserve the White Color of Your Teeth

How to Preserve the White Color of Your Teeth

The color of our teeth is genetically predetermined. If white teeth aren’t common for your family, it will be difficult for you to achieve snow-white teeth without in-office procedures. However, no matter how white or yellow the initial color of our teeth may be, it changes throughout our life due to various factors.

Mostly these factors concern our lifestyle. The food we eat and the drinks we drink, such habits as smoking and alcohol consumption, and our oral hygiene, all affect our teeth. Everything that gets into our mouth and remains there, turns into dental plaque. Dental enamel has a porous structure. Dye from food gets through these pores easily and stays on the dentin as well.

There are effective ways to whiten your teeth. Even just a professional teeth cleaning can make your teeth several shades lighter by removing dyed tartar and dental plaque. If you still want a whiter color of teeth, you can go for a professional teeth whitening procedure. However, your teeth can’t be whitened once and stay that way forever. Whitening procedures should be repeated regularly because you will still be eating food that colors your teeth and turns into a dental plaque.

Therefore, you can’t completely prevent your teeth from changing their color over again but you can slow down this process with proper lifestyle choices and certain procedures that can be done at home. The tips below will help you with this. 

Be careful with dying products

Such products as red wine, colorful soda drinks, dark sauces, and sweets change the color of teeth most intensely. That doesn’t mean that you should stop consuming these products but after their consumption, it’s better to rinse your mouth with clean water to remove the dye before it colors your teeth.

Clean your teeth with baking soda

Baking soda can give your teeth some extra abrasive cleaning and a slight whitening effect. You shouldn’t do it often to not scratch your enamel, twice a week will be enough. You can add it to your toothpaste or use it with several drops of lemon juice or strawberry pulp. 

Use hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide has a whitening ability but also requires caution. You can brush your teeth with it too but the result will take longer to attain. The good news is that this home whitening remedy isn’t as aggressive as baking soda and can be applied even to sensitive teeth with weak enamel. Don’t forget to rinse your mouth with clean water after the procedure.

You can apply activated charcoal but carefully

Today activated charcoal is promoted as a trendy natural substance for teeth cleaning. However, it can be dangerous for thin enamel and sensitive teeth. You can examine the level of your enamel’s thickness yourself visually. If you can see white stains on your teeth here and there, that means your enamel is thin and weak and you should visit a dentist.

Don’t use a whitening toothpaste constantly

Your doctor may recommend a whitening toothpaste after the procedure to preserve its result. This doesn’t mean you can use it daily. Whitening toothpaste is aggressive towards the dental enamel and shouldn’t be used every day to avoid damage.

Remember that it’s easy to spoil the white color of teeth and difficult to get it back. It’s your responsibility to take care of it if it’s important to you.

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