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How to Whiten Teeth and Prevent Discolouration

As a dentist, Dr. Crapo is your go-to expert on tooth whitening. You’ll be surprised at some of the tricks he has up his sleeve!

After reading “Why Do I Have Yellow Teeth,” you may want to learn some tips and tricks on how to whiten teeth and prevent discolouration. One way to keep your teeth white is to watch what you eat and make healthy decisions. We explained in the previous article how dark-coloured foods and beverages, such as soft drinks, coffee, tea, wine, berries, and sauces, have pigment-producing ingredients that stick to your teeth. Cigarettes are another culprit that can stain your teeth. Kicking some of these bad habits to the curb can improve your health; however, some foods, beverages, and habits that stain teeth are actually good for you! So what should you do if you want to whiten your teeth but don’t want to, or can’t, kick your bad habits? Better yet, what should you do about healthy foods and beverages that stain your teeth?

Reaching for your toothbrush right after you eat or drink something may be your first thought. You might believe that you can brush the stains away before they have time to set in. However, doing so would be a huge mistake! After eating or drinking, your dental enamel becomes softer and remains that way for 30 to 60 minutes. If you brush your teeth during this time, you could weaken your enamel and make things worse. Therefore, if you are going to brush your teeth after you eat, make sure you wait at least an hour.

Another thing you can do is to sip on water after you drink a coloured beverage or eat a meal. You could even swish it around inside your mouth as if it was mouthwash. Having a drink of water can also help you build up saliva, which is your mouth’s natural defense against cavities, enamel erosion, and stains.

Ultimately, you might watch what you eat, brush your teeth at the appropriate times, and drink water after eating or drinking things that can stain your teeth; however, you still might be dissatisfied with the colour of your teeth. If this is the case, you can turn to teeth whitening.

Home-whitening kits are one way to whiten your teeth; nevertheless, they aren’t that reliable and could potentially damage your teeth. Professional teeth whitening is safer and more reliable. Consider LED whitening or Zoom whitening, the most requested professional whitening system on the market. It’s trusted by dental professionals.

Along your path to whiter teeth, just remember that regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits are essential.