“A smile is the shortest distance between two people”, rightly said by Victor Borge. A beautiful smile with sparkling teeth is enough to win anybody’s heart. Most of us want to carry an alluring face but we fail to achieve it due to the stained teeth. Let’s start caring for our teeth to get rid of the ugly appearance. One can easily attain attractive teeth by taking proper oral hygiene, regular brushing, flossing and using mouth wash. But smokers and coffee drinkers need to take extra care to get back the whiter and brighter smile. Nevertheless, it is wise to get alarmed now than to repent for the rest of your life.
Firstly, you should have the knowledge of food items that help in forming stains. Avoid eating citrus food like oranges, lemons, limes, and grape fruits. Acidic food like tomatoes should also be taken in limited quantity to restrict enamel eradication. Both citrus as well as acidic foods affect the outer layer (enamel) of the teeth that acts like shield against foreign materials. Once the enamel is removed, the teeth are more susceptible to staining. Therefore, it is advisable to avoid these foods altogether. Though it is a bit difficult to completely neglect these food items, you can eat them in lesser quantity. Also brush soon after the intake of such kinds of foods. If brushing is not possible, rinsing also helps to minimize their effect on teeth.
Cigarette is the top enemy of teeth as it erodes the enamel. So, stop smoking completely. In case you want to smoke occasionally, then after every smoke rinse your mouth thoroughly. Rinsing helps to remove the chemicals that are harmful for teeth.
Minimize the intake of caffeine and wine as much as possible as these beverages stain tooth badly. The acidic nature of these drinks not only stains the teeth but also depletes the enamel layer. Enamel layer on the surface of teeth acts as a protecting shield over the surface of the teeth. It is better to rinse or brush soon after drinking tea, coffee and wine which will remove the harmful chemicals from the teeth.
Consuming natural foods are known to act as a good stain remover. Fruits and vegetables like strawberries, cucumbers, orange peel, apple cider vinegar, celery and pears help to remove stains from teeth. The natural fiber of the fruits and vegetables combined with the saliva in mouth wash away the food particles and stain causing bacteria.
Avoid drinking extremely hot or cold liquids. As sudden intake of hot or cold liquid changes the teeth’s temperature significantly. This in turns cause expansion and contraction of the teeth facilitating the infiltration of stains.
Drinking ample amount of water helps to wash away stain causing food/drink residues and also dilutes harmful bacteria.
Overall, maintaining daily oral hygiene and occasionally visit the dentist to minimize the chance of getting stained or discolored teeth. So start your dental care today itself and whiten your life with your winning smile.