There are few things as attractive as a bright, gleaming, white smile. However, aging, hereditary, dietary habits, smoking, and certain prescription medications may all cause staining or yellowing of teeth. Many patients opt to visit a top dentist in NYC for whitening treatments to restore the luster of their smile. Whitening procedures are not permanent. However, there are a number of steps you can take to maintain the white appearance of your teeth for as long as possible between dental visits.
Avoid Certain Foods and Beverages
To prevent discoloration , minimize your consumption of certain foods and drinks. Coffee, tea, and wine, as well as some fruit juices, can all stain teeth. Reduce your intake of these fluids or consider drinking them through a straw to reduce exposure to the liquid. Using tobacco can also stain your teeth.
Choose Medications Carefully
Certain prescription medications may cause tooth discoloration as a side effect. If you are on medication, ask your doctor whether it may be adversely affecting the appearance of your teeth. If this is the case, consult your physician to find out whether alternative, non-staining medications would be an appropriate option for you.
Practice Good Dental Hygiene
To maintain teeth in optimum condition, brush at least twice daily and floss once daily. Rinse with a fluoride mouthwash. Use a whitening toothpaste no more than once a week. Whitening toothpastes help remove staining, but can be abrasive and may cause damage if used too frequently.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Schedule regular dental appointments to make sure your teeth remain in optimum health. Your dentist may also be able to provide additional touch-up whitening treatments to help maintain the color of your teeth.
At Park 56 Dental , we offer professional whitening treatments, using Zoom! whitening gel. To find out more, visit our website, or call us at (646) 783-3529 to schedule an appointment. Let us help you keep your pearly whites dazzling and bright.