Everyone wants a Hollywood smile, but it isn’t as easy as one may think. That is why we have whitening treatments. But it takes more than a quick trip to the dentist – it takes more work from you once you leave the dental chair. Your teeth are very susceptible to decay if you do not take proper care of them and practice good oral hygiene regularly. So, before you make your next dental appointment, make sure you understand what it all entails to have those pearly whites.
Pre-Screening. Because not all treatment options are the same, it is important to get all of the facts straight. Talk to your dentist to make sure your mouth, teeth, and gums are healthy before beginning a whitening program. Dr. Chris Johns recommends you choose a supervised whitening option for your safety and maximum results.
Maintenance. Once complete, it is up to you to look after your new pearly whites. Stick with your maintenance schedule to keep your smile bright, remember, no whitening is permanent and regular professional cleaning is essential to remove stains and the tartar that can cause gum disease.
Dietary changes. One of the main ways you can keep your smile bright and healthy is to have a healthy diet. Keep sweet foods, desserts, and drinks to a minimum and brush thoroughly after eating. The consumption of those products over extended time periods heightens the risk of decay. Acidic food and drinks can be just as harmful to your teeth as sugar. The acid erodes tooth enamel and can make your teeth sensitive, more vulnerable to cavities, and lose its luster.
To learn more about the effects of whitening treatments, contact Dr. Johns at 650-697-2073 or visit his website at www.chrisjohnsdds.com.
Dr. Chris Johns also proudly accepts patients from Millbrae and all surrounding areas.