Dental care is important, but many people don’t take the proper precautions and make the effort to really maintain their teeth the way they should.
But even those who care for the health of their teeth relatively well don’t necessarily pay attention to the appearance of their teeth as they should. Your teeth have a huge effect on the first impression that you make, and it’s all too easy to lose confidence because the appearance of your teeth is less than ideal. Fortunately, there are resources available that can help you make your teeth look better; cosmetic dentists are there to help. But when it comes to the whiteness of your teeth, there are a few things you can do to prevent staining in the first place. According to a recent survey, 80% of Americans in the 18 to 49 age bracket want whiter teeth. However, even after your teeth are professionally whitened, you need to take steps to prevent discoloration. Let’s explore them below.
Perhaps one of the biggest sins in terms of tooth discoloration is smoking. Smoking cigarettes or cigars can stain your teeth rather quickly, which is just one reason why most who specialize in dentistry advise against the habit. The tobacco found within most smoking products can cause brown stains that can seep deep within the grooves of the teeth and the pits of tooth enamel. The longer you smoke, the more difficult the stains become to remove. Even if you brush your teeth as regularly as you should, it can be difficult to remove these stains without the help of cosmetic dentists.
Additionally, smoking is counteractive to good dental care in general. It doesn’t just stain your teeth but affects the overall health of your gums as well. Many people who smoke regularly are affected by gingivitis, and tender and vulnerable gums can be more vulnerable to damage as well as infection. Smoking can also increase your risk for oral cancer, among other things.
Generally speaking, many of the things that stain fabric can also stain your teeth. Coffee is a particularly bad offender. Think about how often most of us drink coffee. This beverage can have a major effect on the whiteness of your teeth, causing them to yellow over time. This is why many of the dentists that provide high-quality dental care advise against too much coffee.
Generally speaking, coffee has the further effect of promoting bacterial growth in the mouth. This can gradually lead to enamel erosion over time. In the long term, the teeth become more brittle. Dental care then becomes much more complicated.
A lot of people drink wine regularly, and this isn’t inherently a bad thing; although, like coffee, it can also promote bacteria growth and erosion. Therefore, you need to make sure that you brush your teeth every time you drink wine. But you might want to choose white wine over red wine for the sake of your dental care.
While lighter wines like white wine cause some staining, darker wines are much more likely to create this problem. The grapes in the wine can create a darker hue over time. If you can’t brush your teeth after drinking wine you should at least rinse your mouth out with water, as the residue from red wine can linger in your mouth for quite a while.
You can’t always avoid medications that stain your teeth. But some medications do have negative effects on their appearance and health, and you should be aware of those side effects ahead of time. Ask your dentist about dental bonding, which can help improve the appearance of your teeth, if an alternative medication isn’t possible.
There is much for you to consider when caring for your teeth. Their appearance is just one aspect. But it must be taken seriously, and you can begin to take these preventative steps today!