It’s time to whiten your teeth.
You’re sick of looking in the mirror and seeing yellow where you should see white. You can make changes starting today, but you need to start at the beginning. Learn about natural and professional whitening options and how to prevent future yellowing.
Think Prevention First
Any dentist will tell you the best path to bright, white teeth is to prevent yellowing in the first place.
This means watching what you drink and limiting dark-colored sodas and coffee — both lead to staining. You also should think about your diet.
Teeth become yellow when the enamel thins and erodes, exposing the dentin underneath. Make sure you aren’t consuming an unhealthy amount of sugar, as this will encourage plaque buildup and acid erosion.
Also, you can’t expect to ignore regular dental care and keep your smile white. Brush your teeth twice per day and floss without fail. Eradicating plaque before it has a chance to take its toll is the best way to preserve your tooth enamel.
What Can Baking Soda Do?
When you want to whiten your teeth, you have many options. You could try an over-the-counter bleaching product, but you may want to explore natural ways first.
Many health and wellness resources recommend concocting a paste out of baking soda and water. Some advocate using lemon juice as well. Brushing your teeth with baking soda may result in whiter teeth, but how?
Baking soda is just a simpler name for sodium bicarbonate. It is a base, meaning that it can neutralize any acids found on your tooth surfaces. But the sodium bicarbonate crystals also are useful as an abrasive cleaning agent.
Baking soda crystals aren’t so hard that they scratch teeth, but scrubbing with baking soda is still effective at removing surface stains. Also, since baking soda dissolves in water, it can reach the intricate crevices and cracks in your teeth that may be hard for other cleaning agents to penetrate.
Baking soda is not going to give you a bleached white smile, but continued use over time can make a difference in tooth enamel shade, depending on genetics and tooth surface wear.
Opt for Professional Treatment
To get the brightest, whitest smile possible, professional bleach treatments are the best way to go. Your dentist will be able to predict how your teeth will react to the treatment beforehand and decide whether or not you are a good candidate for the procedure.
Using a bleaching gel, you can usually see dramatic results after only one visit, but your individual treatment plan will differ depending on dental and medical history and the current condition of your smile.
Talk to Oak Hills Dentistry if you’re interested in learning more about all the ways to whiten your teeth, whether through natural methods or professional bleaching procedures.