The internet is ripe with different products to whiten your teeth. The various methods include natural and chemical-based methods to make your pearly whites sparkle and shine. Most of the products and recipes available to whiten your teeth treat the symptoms and fail to find the cause of the problem. Prevention is more important to your mouth than masking the symptoms. Let’s discuss a few ways to keep your teeth white without trying the newest gimmick.

Gums Need Attention Too.

Everyone knows they should brush their teeth but are you brushing your gums? That’s right! You should brush your gums and tongue every day. Regular brushing will keep your gums from bleeding and free from plague just like your teeth. Brushing your gums can also reduce gum recession. Gums are as important as teeth when trying to maintain a white smile.

Protect Your Enamel. Use a Soft Brush.

A hard bristled toothbrush certainly feels like it cleans your teeth with more vigor, but can damage your teeth in the process. A gentle brushing is the best bet to prevent damage and soft bristles are less abrasive. Most toothpastes are caustic enough to clean most teeth. The goal of brushing is to remove plaque without damaging your gums or teeth. Over-brushing with an abrasive brush can cause receding gums and tooth sensitivity. If you’re worried your teeth will not be as clean, try switching your technique and not using a coarse brush. Softer bristles can also get into hard to reach places better than harsh bristles.

Flossing is Your Friend.

Flossing is the number one important thing you can do for your teeth because it removes food particles and plaque from between your teeth before turning into tartar. Not flossing regularly can lead to gum disease, tooth decay, cavities, and tooth recession. Try to find a gentle floss that moves between your teeth with ease and floss gently, be nice to your mouth!

Alkaline Food First.

Everyone knows certain foods and drinks are more likely to change the color of your teeth, such as tea, coffee, and wine. But acidic foods and drinks can damage your teeth as well. Acidic foods, such as citrus fruits, can erode the enamel covering your choppers. Drink a glass of water after citric products, carbonated beverages, or other acidic foods. For drinks, you can even drink out of a straw to avoid contact with teeth. Sugar can create acid-creating bacteria and should be limited to protect your smile. Stick with Alkaline foods to protect your teeth.

Come in for a Cleaning

Even with regular flossing and brushing, tartar and plaque can build up keeping your smile from the beautiful white you crave. A trip to the dentist for a cleaning twice a year can prevent build up. Professional cleanings will get your mouth extra clean and check for tooth damage that can be prevented. Schedule an appointment today.