According to Web MD, one of the easiest ways to look younger is to smile. Unlike expensive face creams and costly plastic surgery procedures, smiling is the best way to fool someone into thinking you are years younger. However, teeth that are stained or damaged will have the opposite effect making you look years older than you actually are. Thankfully, there are several ways to help you achieve a white and bright smile.
Your dentist recommends flossing. It may sound simple enough, but this basic oral hygiene technique will get rid of food particles in between your teeth where toothbrushes and mouthwashes can’t reach. Flossing every day can help prevent bacteria and plaque, which makes it easier for tobacco, foods, and drinks to stain and accumulate on your teeth ruining your smile.
Increase your Vitamin C and calcium intake as a white smile and healthy mouth are linked together. Strong teeth will keep your smile bright and white. Eat teeth fortifying foods that contain nutrients that can help you fend off tooth decay, gum disease and tooth erosion. Eat more cheese and add cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Bok Choy, and cabbage to your diet, and don’t forget to include calcium-fortified juices. Apples and carrots are good for your teeth, as chewing will increase your saliva levels.
Drink plenty of water, especially after you eat as it can help protect your teeth against stains and acidic foods. According to your dentist, chewing sugarless gum will also help trigger saliva flow.
If you want a healthy smile, avoid sodas; yes even diet, sugary foods, citrus fruits, and even dried fruits. These foods will weaken the enamel on your teeth eventually causing tooth decay. Bacteria will discolor your teeth and can cause white spots. Red wine, coffee, and tea will stain your teeth as will tobacco use.
Talk to your dentist about professional tooth whitening. Professional chair side bleaching procedures such as Zoom! will make your teeth whiter in as little as one hour. Your dentist may also recommend a follow up treatment at home providing you with custom made bleaching trays.
Schedule an appointment with your dentist who can help you look years younger, just by improving your smile with cosmetic dental procedures.