Having a bright smile is not only a great way to make a first impression but can also help your overall health because our mouths are our first line of defense against most illnesses. Good dental hygiene helps maintain a healthy mouth, but if it’s poor your teeth will reflect it. Not only because it will become dingy, but because it will also cause other dental issues to develop over time. In fact, your teeth are very susceptible to decay if you do not take proper care of them and practice good oral hygiene regularly. But don’t worry – there are ways to prevent your teeth from decaying while keeping them bright white. Here are just a few simple tips:
Make an appointment with your dentist to make sure your mouth, teeth, and gums are healthy before beginning a whitening program.
Choose a supervised whitening option for your safety and maximum results.
Stick with your maintenance schedule to keep your smile bright. No whitening treatment is permanent – regular professional cleaning is essential to remove stains and the tartar that can cause gum disease.
Keep sweet foods, desserts, and overly-sugary 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, like orange juice or tomato sauce, 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 keeping your smile bright and healthy, contact Dr. Johns at 650-697-2073 or visit his website at www.chrisjohnsdds.com.
Dr. Johns also proudly accepts patients from Millbrae, San Francisco, San Mateo, Burlingame, Belmont, San Carlos, and surrounding areas.