A new year means new beginnings. When it comes to the health of your mouth, there shouldn’t really be anything new going on (unless you aren’t brushing at all, then you definitely should start right away!). Brushing, flossing and rinsing are three things that everyone should be doing regularly at home. Visiting your Ottawa dentist at least once annually is essential toward optimal dental health as well.
A whiter smile may help to boost your confidence and make your smile seem that much more inviting to others.When it comes to whitening your teeth, there are many different options that your Ottawa dentist can provide for you. There are also some great methods which you can try out in the comfort of your home to help you achieve a brighter smile, which include:
“Straws and Lids – To reduce stains, sip staining liquids, like dark green and red juices through thick straws and drink tooth-discoloring beverages like coffee and green tea through vented lids, Maddahi says. “These are great tricks to reducing the amount of staining you get on your teeth,” he says.
Pineapples – Eat a hearty portion of pineapple and stained teeth may return to their shiny selves again. Why? Turns out, pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain which acts a natural stain remover. “Plus, pineapple has an incredible ability to break up plaque,” Ficek says. “The bacteria in plaque produce acids that can erode the enamel of your teeth.”
Ginger – The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger help to support healthy mouth tissue which is the basis for a healthy smile and white teeth, Ficek says. “Periodontal disease is inflammatory disease which causes loss of bone and connective tissue in the mouth,” she says. “Drinking ginger tea or adding ground ginger to savory dishes promotes these anti-inflammatory properties.””
These are great ways to help brighten and whiten your teeth, but it’s important to remember the basics; brushing, flossing, rinsing, visiting your Ottawa dentist regularly and avoiding certain foods/beverages that cause staining in the first place.