5 Steps to a Brighter Smile | Northern Beaches Dentist
We all want those pearly whites we see in the movies and magazines, but how do we achieve them without giving up coffee? Well, going without your morning cup of caffeine might help, but there are certainly other ways to achieve a brighter smile, both at home or in the dentist’s chair.
Regular Dental Check-Up and Clean
It is so important to keep on top of your dental health, and it will help to maintain a clean sparkly smile at the same time. During a check-up, your dentist will examine your soft tissues, teeth, and gums to make sure your mouth is healthy. A healthy mouth is the starting point for getting your teeth sparkling white.
Your dentist will then do a thorough clean, getting rid of any build-up and plaque from your teeth. If you do this regularly, while maintaining your daily brushing and flossing at home, you will help keep your teeth clean and bright.
Keep Up a Healthy Diet
Limit sugary foods and drinks, your teeth don’t like them, and they won’t help with your dream of a sparkly smile. The bacteria in your mouth convert sugar to acid that can eat away at your teeth causing decay and discolouration.
Limiting sticky foods (like honey, caramel, and dried fruits) may also help. Anything that can get stuck to your teeth can promote decay. Tooth decay is never a good thing, so being aware of what you put in your mouth is a must. These foods are often also high in sugar, so be conscious of this and limit your intake.
Another thing to be wary of is highly acidic foods, like citrus. You don’t need to cut them out entirely, but the acid could lead to enamel erosion, so be sure to monitor your intake.
Eating healthy foods like celery and carrots, cheese and nuts, can strengthen your smile. Keeping up healthy eating habits is not only good for your overall health but will leave your teeth happy and shiny. Talk to your dentist about other healthy foods for your teeth.
Use a Take-Home Whitening Kit
Teeth whitening is a safe, non-invasive treatment, and it’s something you can do from the comfort of your own home. These at-home kits are becoming increasingly popular, ask your dentist about them. You will get a custom mouth tray and whitening gel which you wear over two weeks for about one hour per day. The results are great and it’s such a convenient option. Your teeth will be gleaming in no time!
If you want to perfect your smile, even more, cosmetic dentistry could be an option for you. Every person has a unique smile. So, your dentist will listen to your concerns and offer a range of options to suit your individual needs. Cosmetic dentistry is a great way to achieve a sparkly smile, whilst also addressing other concerns you may have. At Beaches Dental Mona Vale we want you to be happy, so ask one of our friendly team about cosmetic dentistry to decide if it’s right for you.
Your body, teeth, and skin will love you for it. If you are serious about keeping your teeth healthy and sparkly for the long haul then cigarettes are not your friend. Smoking can lead to discolouration, tooth decay, bad breath, and other diseases. If you are a smoker you may have noticed this discolouration (yellow/grey colour on teeth). Quitting will allow you to get your teeth back to a normal, healthy colour. It’s a hard task, but there are many resources out there to help you. A healthy smile is key to your long-term health.
These five tips will help you on your way to that sparkly smile. At Beaches Dental Mona Vale we want you to be proud of your smile. Our friendly team of dental professionals are happy to help and answer any questions you may have. Please feel free to contact us to schedule a check-up appointment, and start your journey to a brighter smile.