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3 Ways to Maintain the Color of Your Teeth

Posted on 11/1/2023 by Dick Hikade, DDS
African American man pouring mouthwash after visit to Sunnyside Dentistry in Clackamas, ORWhite teeth are a major source of confidence. Unfortunately, not everyone has the smile they desire. Some factors, such as tobacco, coffee, and plaque can change the color of the teeth. In addition, tooth discoloration can happen as you age.

When one gets old, the enamel wears away, making the yellow dentin visible. This is why many seniors experience issues with tooth discoloration. Do you know that you can prevent your teeth from discoloring by implementing simple tips? Learn 3 ways to maintain your bright smile:

Practice Good Dental Hygiene

Plaque and tartar are the leading reasons for yellow teeth along the gum line. When you do not clean your teeth regularly, bacteria in the mouth will combine with food debris, causing plaque and tartar buildup. While you can remove plaque by improving your oral hygiene habits, getting rid of tartar requires a professional.

Luckily, you can prevent plaque and tartar accumulation by practicing good dental hygiene. This may involve cleaning the teeth daily and limiting your intake of sugar and carbohydrates.

Reduce Your Consumption of Stain-Causing Drinks and Foods

A cup of coffee helps to boost energy levels and activate the mind. Unfortunately, coffee can ruin the appearance of your teeth. Other items that can affect your pearly white teeth are wine, sodas, and berries. However, this doesn't mean that you should avoid these products. Limiting your consumption can help to prevent discoloration. Be sure to rinse your mouth with water to remove any stain-causing particles. You can also consider drinking the beverages through a straw to avoid direct contact with your teeth.

Consume Plenty of Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables that have high water content help in saliva production. Saliva is vital in removing food debris stuck between the teeth and along the gum line. This prevents plaque and tartar that are likely to cause yellowing of teeth. Unfortunately, consuming fruits and vegetables should not be an alternative to teeth cleaning. Teeth brushing and flossing are the key to keeping your teeth white and healthy. Visit our office, and you will achieve the smile you have been dreaming of.

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