10 Methods That Help Keep Teeth Beautiful
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Our teeth are designed to be beautiful. And they all start out that way. If you look at a child’s teeth, you can see how beautiful and bright they generally are. And you may have teeth that are still as beautiful as they were then–or almost.
But over time our teeth can begin to lose their natural beauty. This can make you feel unhappy with the appearance of your smile. Expert Nashville, TN cosmetic dentist Dr. Kent E. White knows that the options for restoring your teeth aren’t as good as keeping the natural beauty of them intact. The good news is that there are many techniques you can use to help maintain the beauty of your teeth.
Brush at Least Twice Daily
The accumulation of dental plaque can contribute to tooth discoloration, erosion, and decay. Brushing your teeth removes dental plaque to help your teeth stay healthy and beautiful.
Should you brush your teeth more than twice daily? Maybe. Brushing your teeth more often can help keep plaque off your teeth, but it can also contribute to tooth wear. Toothpaste can be abrasive, which will remove your enamel over time–and once it’s gone, it won’t come back. So if you’re going to brush more than twice a day, either do it without toothpaste or use a toothpaste that is certified to be low in abrasiveness.
Flossing teeth isn’t very popular, and most people in the US don’t do it every day. In fact, 20% of people don’t floss at all. This can have terrible consequences for the appearance of your teeth.
The accumulation of food and plaque between your teeth can look very unattractive. It can also contribute to red, swollen gums, which also make your smile look unattractive.
This isn’t just referring to rinsing your teeth after brushing, which is important. It refers more to rinsing your teeth regularly throughout the day. Rinse with water after you eat anything. Rinse with water after drinking anything containing sugar, acid, or dark colors.
Rinsing with water helps remove all these potentially damaging and staining substances from your teeth. It also helps replenish your body’s moisture, which helps it produce saliva, which protects your teeth from acid and bacteria.
Avoid Staining Foods and Drinks
Foods are the most common source of staining compounds that cause your teeth to become discolored with age. The truth is that almost anything can turn into stains on your teeth, so it’s impractical to avoid all staining foods. However, it’s not impractical to cut down your consumption of the foods and beverages that are most likely to stain your teeth, such as coffee, tea, chocolate, berries, and red wine.
Avoid Acidic Foods
Acids in food also play an important role in staining. They damage the tooth enamel, opening it up for stains to become embedded. It’s important to be aware of the most acidic foods that are commonly in our diet and cut down on them to avoid tooth damage. These include soda, wine, vinegars, and fruit juices. Consume these rarely and always try to rinse your teeth after consumption.
Smoking is very bad for your teeth and gums. The harsh chemicals in cigarette smoke can damage your gums, leading to receding gums and increasing your risk of tooth loss.
The chemicals in cigarette smoke also stain your teeth. This combination makes smoking one of the most harmful habits to the health and beauty of your smile.
Maintain a Healthy Bite
Many people don’t appreciate the role your bite plays in maintaining the health and beauty of your teeth. If your bite is imbalanced, it can lead to many serious consequences. It can cause teeth to chip, crack, or wear down. It can even lead to strange wear at the base of the tooth–called abfractions–which not only damages the tooth but contributes to receding gums. An imbalanced bite can even even cause the loss of bone around your teeth, and, without the support of bone, your gums will recede and your teeth may be lost.
Consulting with a neuromuscular dentist can help ensure your bite stays healthy and balanced, avoiding damage to your teeth, bones, and gums.
Avoid Unnecessary Restorations
Nothing is better than your natural tooth material. Dental restorations are sometimes necessary, but it’s important to make sure that the restorations being used aren’t larger than necessary. In particular, some dentists have a tendency to use a dental crown when dental fillings can give as good or better results. Preserving more of your natural tooth material helps the tooth stay beautiful longer.
Choose Biomimetic Materials
It’s also important to choose the right materials when you’re getting restorations for your teeth. Biomimetic materials are those that are most similar to our natural teeth in physical and chemical properties. This means primarily ceramic materials, which are very like our natural teeth–and look beautiful, too.
Don’t Try Whitening Home Remedies
We understand that tooth discoloration might make you want to whiten your teeth. And the Internet seems like it’s full of “natural” remedies that promise to make your teeth whiter. The problem is that many of these remedies don’t work. Worse, they can damage your precious tooth enamel and permanently reduce the attractiveness of your smile. Damage typically occurs after a brief period when it seems that the remedy is working. So it’s best just to not try them.
Let Us Help Preserve Your Teeth
If you’re concerned about changes to the appearance of your teeth as you get older, Nashville, TN cosmetic dentist Dr. Kent E. White can help you maintain the youthful beauty of your smile for a lifetime. If necessary, he can even recommend teeth whitening solutions that help preserve your teeth.
To learn how he can help, please call (615) 383-6787 today for an appointment.