White teeth look amazing, right? And let’s face it; advertising plays a huge role in the way we view our appearance.
So when we see ads displaying pearl-white looking teeth, we immediately want the same thing.
But the truth of the matter is that your genes play a huge role when it comes to the natural color of your teeth. The only realistic thing that you can do is to make your teeth look five shades whiter.
What you eat, drink and even your medication can affect the color of your teeth.
Also, if you have lots of dental veneers, bonding, fillings, crowns, and bridges, you need to be aware of the fact that (in the case you start a whitening procedure) they won’t change their color.
Right now you have many commercialized options to give your teeth that pearl-white gleam.
But the problems with these methods is that they contain Hydrogen peroxide.
Although studies suggest it’s not harmful when this substance seeps through the enamel that covers your tooth, it can bother the nerve causing your teeth sensitivity.
Here are a few prevention tips that you must take into consideration:
1. Stop smoking.
This bad habit has so many negative side effects that you should eliminate it from your life permanently. Besides staining your teeth, it also lowers your immune system, contains active carcinogens, and damages your skin.
Tobacco stains the teeth by penetrating the grooves and pits of your tooth enamel. These brown stains are hard to remove by brushing alone. Also, besides staining, smoking causes bad breath and gum disease (gingivitis), along with increasing your risk of developing cancer.
2. Rinse your mouth and brush your teeth.
A lot of the beverages we drink like coffee, tea, and wine, stain the enamels of the teeth.
Because getting rid of these drinks out of your daily habits is not likely or advised, you should brush your teeth immediately after drinking these beverages, and in the eventual case when you can’t, at least rinse your mouth thoroughly with water to avoid staining.
3. Use a straw.
When it comes down to fruit juices (orange, beet, blueberries, etc.), although they are packed up with antioxidants and vitamins, you need to know that they also stain your teeth.
Of course, you can’t, and you shouldn’t give them up, but instead of drinking them normally, use a straw so that the juice doesn’t get in touch with the tooth enamel. Moreover, research showed that some energy and sports drinks, as well as bottled lemonade, may be the cause of tooth erosion (the outcome is you remain with discolored teeth).
4. Eat foods that trigger saliva production.
- When it comes down to the health of your teeth, saliva is extremely beneficial. Because it helps wash food debris and it can neutralize the acid that causes tooth decay, saliva is your best ally.
- Therefore, eating foods such as celery, apples, pears, and carrots will help you along the way to your perfect teeth.
- Only you can make changes in your life, so if you want to have white teeth, you need to start doing some adjustments.
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As always, your health is in your hands.