With spring just around the corner, you may be eager to freshen things up. You want to clean out the old and bring in the new. While you may be planning some spring cleaning and eyeing a new wardrobe to embrace the warmer, sunnier weather, have you thought of doing any spring cleaning on your smile? Spring is a great time to start enjoying the outdoors. Why not have a bright, healthy, beautiful smile to show off?
Maybe you think that a bright smile sounds great, only your smile is in need of some work. Maybe you’ve neglected the care of your teeth and gums or have coffee stains or even just some slight yellowing. Regardless of where you are, here are some ways to bring about that bright smile for spring:
Brushing and Flossing
The most basic at-home oral care routine is daily flossing and teeth brushing. Flossing should be done at least once a day. Proper flossing will cover both sides of each tooth and the floss should glide just under the gumline. It is normal for your gums to bleed a little the first time you floss if it isn’t already a part of your daily oral care routine. Excessive or prolonged gum bleeding, however, should be checked out by our dentist as it may be a sign of gum disease.
Proper teeth brushing is done at least twice a day, for two minutes each time. Brush your teeth and gums in a gentle circular motion using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Your toothbrush should be changed out every three months.
Regular Dental Checkups and Cleanings
At Jared Smith DMD, we care about our patients’ oral health. An important and essential element of a healthy, bright, beautiful smile is visiting our dental office every six months for a deep cleaning and oral exam.
Regular dental office visits not only give you that deep cleaning your teeth and gums need for a bright smile, but they also provide an opportunity for our dental specialists to spot and quickly treat overlooked dental issues that can keep your smile from sparkling.
Professional and at-Home Teeth Whitening
You have a solid at-home oral hygiene routine and you see the dentist every six months, but your teeth have stubborn stains that won’t go away.
You may need to have your teeth whitened.
There are at-home teeth whitening kits and in-office, professional teeth whitening. The at-home kits are cheaper, but take longer to see results, can cause gum irritation, have shorter-lived results and may not whiten as much as you’d like.
In-office teeth whitening done at Jared Smith DMD produces immediate results that are longer-lasting and result in brighter teeth. In fact, our teeth whitening procedure can whiten your teeth up to 10 shades in a single cleaning.
Eating Certain Foods
While many favorite drinks, candy and not-so-healthy snacks are known to stain teeth, there are some foods that can add some sparkle to your smile. These include strawberries, yogurt, milk, cheese, celery, carrots, cauliflower, apples, pineapples, seeds, and nuts. All these foods, save for the yogurt and milk require you to thoroughly chew the food. The chewing motion promotes saliva production, which is your body’s natural way to rinse out the mouth, cleaning way and breaking down lodged food particles.
Plaque, the culprit for cavities, is formed when food particles are not removed from on or in between teeth. The lodged food particles decay, producing bad breath and bacteria that can weaken the teeth’s hard, white layer, causing decayed, discolored teeth.
There are more and more alternative, natural teeth whitening remedies debuting every year. Some of the older, more popular natural teeth whitening remedies include oil pulling, using apple cider vinegar, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and activated charcoal, and rubbing orange peels over the teeth.
There are many ways to brighten your smile to match the warm, bright days of spring and summer. Whether it involves practicing good at-home oral hygiene, altering your diet or having your teeth whitened, a white smile is first a healthy smile. You’ll get your pearly whites when you take your oral health seriously.
A huge part of strong teeth and gums are regular visits to our dental office. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our professional teeth cleaning service and general dentistry in Canon CO.