Having a great smile can get you so far in life. In reality, the quality of a persons smile is one of the first things that strangers judge them by. While you can brush your teeth and work to prevent cavities, there is so much more that goes on to keep your teeth white and healthy. One of the biggest problems people run across is the issue of yellowing teeth. Teeth can yellow for all sorts of reasons and this has showcased a rise in teeth whitening products and cosmetic dentistry appointments have gone through the roof as well. We’ve decided to look at a few teeth whitening methods and some yellowing prevention methods that you can implement at home today! Listed below are our top ten tips to a healthier smile.
Quit grinding your teeth, or buy a mouth guard.
So what makes your teeth actually turn yellow, you might ask. Well, it is the dentin, the tissue inside of your tooth, that is growing older and turning a yellow color. This is reflected through your enamel and broadcast via your smile. So when grind your teeth you are naturally putting a ton of stress on your poor chompers. Scientists say that people who grind their teeth can do so with the force needed to crack an actual walnut! So if you are a tooth grinder with yellow teeth you should consider purchasing a mouth guard to help relieve some of the stress. In the long run a well made mouth guard will be more affordable than several trips to a cosmetic dentist.
Use a whitening toothpaste periodically.
Science has come a long way toward solving a ton of problems in life. One of the smaller problems we face is the issue of yellow teeth and the scientific response has been to incorporate whitening toothpaste in our oral regime. Talk to a dentistry cosmetic professional or merely do some research on the internet to find the best brand of whitening toothpaste. This toothpaste should be used only once or twice a week in order to touch up your teeth and keep them whiter. The reason you limit your usage of whitening paste is due to the natural sensitivity that results as a response to the paste. This is a far superior option to having to take out money for a care cosmetic dental package.
Eat a well rounded and healthy diet.
The most important thing you can do for your long term health is to learn how to eat correctly. It may make you scratch your head a little bit but the truth is that your teeth yellowing can be a sign of a malnourished body that doesn’t get enough nutrients. There is living tissue inside of your teeth and when it is aging prematurely due to your poor diet you are going to see yellowing in the dentin as a result. While there are chemical and procedural steps you can take to whiten your teeth you should know that eventually your dentin becomes an irreversible shade. So do your duties now to keep your mouth and body clean and working together.
Watch what you are drinking.
To further expound on your diet choices we think it is important to monitor what you are drinking in liquid form. Coffee is by far the biggest problem drink when it comes to damaging your teeth but dark colored wines cause issues as well. You also have to look at sugary drinks that are also high in acidity like soda pop, juice, and even some sports drinks like Gatorade. The satisfying fizzy feeling is actually wreaking havoc on your enamel and slowly wearing away at your healthy teeth. Opt for water primarily and if you have to have one of these ‘bad drinks’ then try to drink them with a straw. The straw will get the liquids past your teeth with minimal contact but it isn’t a fix-all. In any event, most of those bad drinks are better off out of your diet in any event.
Try out a tooth whitening kit.
If you don’t want to get your insurance involved in a cosmetic dental procedure but you still want whiter teeth then you should consider any of the possible whitening products available. From strips to rinses and everything in between there are options available. Teeth whitening kits can work with results that vary from one person to another. Your teeth will improve in terms of their shade of yellow but you probably won’t see as dramatic results as the commercials and advertisements would leave you to anticipating. You should also be aware of potential sensitivity resulting from the different products, so using them less is the best course of action here.
Keep to a complete oral health routine.
We know that brushing our teeth is important but that isn’t even the beginning of it. In order to prevent having yellow teeth follow you around as you grow older you need to commit to brushing your teeth twice daily while incorporating both flossing and a mouthwash into your regiment. The flossing and mouthwash help to prevent build up that leads to bacteria and eventually tooth decay. You’ll also use the teeth whitening toothpaste we mentioned above in order to help treat those stubborn stains. Having a routine that you don’t get away from will lead to long term oral health and hygiene and it is the foundation from which you should build your smile.
Chew sugarless gum more often.
Here’s a fun fact: your saliva actually neutralizes the negative effects of the acid that you’ll run into while eating. So if you want to really get after your yellowing teeth in a creative way then you should try and keep a pack of sugarless gum on you while you go out to eat. Chew some gum after your meal and trigger the manufacturing of saliva. This is an easy tip that everyone should follow. Just make sure not to accidentally grab a pack of sugar sweet gum.
Quit smoking or never start.
Smoking is one of the worst things you can do to your health. Not only will your lungs thank you for quitting smoking but your teeth will as well. Smoking is one of the biggest problem causing factors in regards to your teeth. Tobacco usage will lead to stains on your teeth that eventually start to rot away at the enamel at its core. These stains are hard to brush off and they eventually become permanent the more you smoke. After a certain amount of time you will run into bigger issues as well such as gum disease and fully destroyed teeth that require cosmetic dental surgery to fix.
Keep apple cider vinegar in your cupboard.
There are going to be a whole bunch of teeth whitening methods that you run across while doing research and one of the simplest and most effective ones is rinsing your mouth with apple cider vinegar. Natural and organic apple cider vinegar can be sloshed down real quick before going to bed and it can go a long way toward keeping your smile sparkling and clean. Mix in a small shot of two parts water to just a single part of the apple cider vinegar. Let it slosh around in your mouth for about sixty seconds before spitting it out. This is also called ‘pulling’ if you need another search term to work off of for further research.
Keep in contact with your dentist.
When it comes down to it the only way to prevent long term tooth decay and a yellowed smile is to stay ahead of the curve. To do this you should take all of the tips we’ve laid out for you while packing them in with this simple addition: stay in contact with your dentist. You should have frequent check ups scheduled, at least one or two a year, and you should stick to this schedule. Nobody loves going to the dentist but this is a very real and effective way to manage any oral problems before they crop up. With quality dental insurance you should never be spending much out of pocket. The peace of mind you’ll get as a result is worth the price and the glowing smile afterwards is just a bonus.