Teeth stains can dampen any smile, and unfortunately, they can occur in spite of excellent dental hygiene. Even if you brush and floss your teeth twice a day and regularly attend your dental checkups and cleanings, a lifetime of meals, beverages, and use can eventually leave its mark on your teeth. Luckily, nature can protect your smile’s brilliance as well as threaten it. Today, we explore a few natural ways you can help preserve your bright smile from unsightly blemishes.
A well-balanced diet is essential to your body’s proper function, and that includes your mouth and its natural defenses. Your tooth enamel, which surrounds and protects your teeth, is the strongest substance your body produces, and is comprised almost entirely of mineral strands and the proteins that form them. For enamel to remain healthy, strong, and resistant to stains, your diet must contain enough minerals and nutrients to supply it, such as calcium and phosphate.
Saliva naturally rinses your mouth of food debris and bacteria, and staying hydrated helps keep your saliva flowing adequately. Water is also useful when you can’t brush your teeth after a meal. Oral bacteria, like those that produce acid from sugars and carbs to weaken your tooth enamel, can flourish when your mouth is dry. Drink plenty of water to keep your saliva flowing and help prevent stains and other dental issues.
Keep Up the Good Work
The best daily protection for your smile lies in what you (hopefully) already do—brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. Your oral hygiene routine helps prevent the excessive accumulation of oral bacteria and the dental plaque they form, and scrubs away stains and food debris to keep your smile shining brightly. Regular dental checkups and cleanings can allow us to more thoroughly clean your teeth and remove tougher stains, as well as tartar (a more stubborn form of plaque).
ABOUT YOUR BUTLER, PA, COSMETIC DENTIST:
Dr. Keelan and our dedicated team at Keelan Dental offer patients the comfortable, convenient dental care that everyone needs and deserves. To schedule an initial consultation, or your next dental appointment, call our office in Butler, PA at (724) 285-4153. We proudly welcome patients of all ages from Butler, Cranberry Township, Mars, Pittsburgh, Butler County, and all surrounding communities.