Everyone wants a whiter smile, but which foods are you willing to take off your plate to achieve it? The things you eat and drink every day have a dramatic impact on how white your teeth are and how long the effects of teeth whitening last. If you want to keep your smile as white and bright as possible, avoid these tooth-staining culprits:
Coffee and Tea
Though you may insist on morning coffee to get your day started, every sip is adding to the discoloration of your teeth. If you think that replacing your coffee with a cup of tea will help, think again. Black tea is filled with tannins that make it harder on your teeth than coffee. You can minimize some of the staining effects of coffee and tea by drinking them through a straw or adding milk.
Colorful berries are packed with antioxidants and make for a sweet, low-calorie snack, but they’re notorious for staining. Whole berries and everything made from them, from juices to pies, are equally staining. To reduce the staining power of berries, swish some water around in your mouth after you eat them, or even better, brush your teeth.
Highly acidic foods and drinks like cola can stain teeth with their dark colors. However, even seemingly innocuous foods, like oranges, can set the stage for tooth staining. Any food that is high in acid lead to tooth staining due to their negative impact on tooth enamel. Acidic foods strip away valuable enamel that leaves your teeth more vulnerable to discoloration.
If you’re tired of looking at your stained teeth, let Lake Grove Dental help. Our in-office teeth-whitening process delivers great results. You’ll notice whiter teeth within a few days and have significant color improvement within weeks. In addition to our teeth whitening, we also offer a full range of general and cosmetic dentistry services. Make an appointment at our Lake Oswego dental office today by calling (503) 636-3641.
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A trip down the dental aisle of your local drugstore will tell you one thing—your choices of oral products are enormous. How do you know which ones you should be use? Your dentist is a great source of information for oral care products that are best for your specific needs, but there are ways to narrow down the list yourself. Here are some things to consider as you weigh your options.
Should you use a manual or electric toothbrush? Your dentist will tell you that with the proper technique, you can achieve good results with either. Electric toothbrushes do have some advantages for people who have arthritis or otherwise struggle to hold and move a manual brush. Whichever kind of toothbrush you choose, be sure to use one with soft-bristles and to apply gentle pressure to avoid causing tooth sensitivity.
When it comes to choosing toothpaste, what really matters is that you select one with fluoride and the American Dental Association’s (ADA) seal of approval. As long as you have those things, you can opt for any toothpaste that meets your personal preferences. Taste is one factor to consider. If you don’t like mint, there are now many different flavor options. If you have tooth sensitivity or want toothpaste that improves breath, select one that meets those needs.
Before you select a mouthwash, talk to your dentist. You may not need a mouthwash at all, or you may need a particular type. Many mouthwashes rely heavily on alcohol, which can dry out your mouth, so you may need to avoid those kinds if dry mouth is already an issue. Your dentist may recommend mouthwashes that help control gingivitis, that relief dry mouth, or offer other oral health benefits.
At Lake Grove Dental, our family dentists are always here to answer your questions about the best oral health products for you. We also offer cosmetic and general dentistry care for the entire family. Call our Lake Oswego dentist office today at (503) 636-3641 to learn more.
Receding gums are a serious and common dental health issue. Once gum recession begins, it is progressive and won’t stop without care from your family dentist. You can’t control all of your risk factors for gum recession, but a good oral hygiene routine is a great means of prevention.
This video explains the causes and treatments of receding gums. Everything from heredity to periodontal disease can cause gum recession, leading to tooth sensitivity and even tooth loss. Possible treatments include scaling and planing and gum grafting.
Don’t delay seeing a dentist if you notice your gums are receding. Make an appointment with Lake Grove Dental today to stop the damaging effects of this condition. You can reach our Portland-based family dentists at (503) 636-3641.