London SW15 6A dentist gives tips for keeping your teeth white

Your smile is likely the first thing others notice about you. It gives your friends, family, and even strangers a glimpse at your personality and tells them how you're feeling in a particular moment. However, if your previously bright smile has become discoloured, you may not be showing it off as much as you'd like.

Stains, yellowing teeth, and discoloration are perhaps the most common cosmetic dentistry issues. These factors can all be caused by common habits such as drinking coffee or red wine or smoking. Alternatively, it can be caused by certain medications, poor dental hygiene habits, trauma to the mouth, or aging. Dr. Etienne Potgieter of Gentle Dental Putney offers residents of London SW15 6A, the following tips for keeping your smile bright:
  • Try to avoid beverages or foods that can stain your teeth. If you can't completely kick the coffee habit, or give up your nightly glass of red wine, try to keep those items from coming into contact with the front of your teeth by using a straw. Furthermore, when you consume dark coloured foods and beverages brush your teeth afterward to remove the remaining food particles. If you can't brush your teeth, rinse your mouth with mouthwash or water.
  • Be sure your at-home oral health care routine is effective and consistent. Brush at least twice each day and floss every night. If your smile is a little darker than you'd like, you can use a whitening toothpaste once or twice each week.
  • Visit the dentist. Not only will your dentist check your teeth and mouth for potential problem spots and discuss any issues you think you may have, you will also receive a professional cleaning. These cleanings are important as using professional equipment and specific techniques allow the dental hygienist to remove plaque and clean areas that you can't reach at home.
While these tips will help you prevent your teeth from becoming discoloured, once they've darkened they can't be whitened by brushing and avoiding certain foods. Dr. Potgieter offers in-office whitening services for his patients who want to lighten their smiles in as little as one office visit. With in-office teeth whitening you and Dr. Potgieter can control your results and be sure that the whitening gel is applied correctly, minimizing the risk of gum sensitivity. If it's time to improve your smile, call today to schedule a consultation.

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