A sparkling smile is an important asset for many people in Illinois. A great smile can feel like your most important asset. It shows your personality when you meet new people, it welcomes guests and visitors, and it comforts and warms your family. It’s no wonder that professional teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures in recent years.

Patients have found that there are many ways to whiten their smile. From use of dental white strips to at home whitening trays to in-office whitening treatments like Zoom and BriteSmile, the options are varied and often successful. However, even the best whitening treatments can’t keep your smile from becoming yellow, dark, or dingy unless you change some of your oral health habits at home. For example:

  • Avoid dark foods and beverages. When you eat and drink, the items you consume leave very small particles on your teeth. If the item is dark, the food particles are also dark. Over time, this can lead to staining and darkening of the teeth. Coffee is a commonly known culprit. However, other items that can also lead to staining include red wine, iced tea, dark cola, beets, and red pasta sauce. If you can’t avoid these items completely, brush your teeth after eating or drinking them. If that’s not possible, rinse your mouth with water to eliminate some of the stain-causing molecules.
  • Brush and floss. Good daily oral hygiene habits are crucial to keeping your smile beautiful, and healthy. When you brush your teeth, you wash away the particles that could stain your teeth and lead to tooth decay. While many people understand that this is an important habit, it can often be rushed or skipped in exchange for a few more minutes of sleep. Rather than brushing quickly to cross it off the list, take the time to thoroughly brush and floss each tooth. Dentists recommend using a whitening toothpaste only once or twice a week, frequent use can damage the enamel of your teeth.
  • Stop smoking. You know that smoking is bad for your health, but it’s also bad for your teeth. The tobacco and nicotine in cigarettes can stain your teeth and lead to bad breath. If you can’t kick the habit to improve your health, stop smoking to improve your smile.
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Dr. Dean Dietrich of Pleasant Dental in Dolton, IL, is dedicated to helping patients achieve their best smiles. If you’re considering professional teeth whitening, Dr. Dietrich can talk with you about all the various options and explain what you can do to improve your chances of keeping your smile bright for many years to come.

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