Maintain your pearly white teeth

Whitening treatments are a brilliant place to start in the quest for white teeth. But it’s important to understand the extra measures you would need to undertake after the procedure, in order to keep your teeth whitening crisp and beautifully white for a long time.

If you expose your teeth to drinks or foods that have the propensity to stain, you may start to see your teeth whitening fade in as little as one month after the treatment. Those who manage to refrain from certain foods, and spend a little extra time being thoughtful about how they manage their eating, drinking and dental care, can expect their teeth whitening treatment to last as long as a year before showing any signs of stains.

So, teeth whitening can be costly and arduous but it doesn’t have to be hard work to keep them looking fantastic. Here are some tips to help your treatment last and last.

Avoid food/drinks that stain

If possible, avoid consuming drinks and foods that stain altogether. These may include, tea, coffee and red wine. If you must have these, then drink through a straw to avoid the liquid making contact with your teeth. Immediately after consuming such foods or drinks, rinse your mouth out with a generous swig of fresh water, and ideally give your teeth a quick brush too.

Regular dental hygiene

Be strict with your dental hygiene routine every day. Whitening treatments are the cherry on top of a great oral care regime. Brush your teeth twice daily, floss every day to get rid of plaque, and afterwards you must rinse with an antimicrobial mouthwash to kill bacteria. When shopping, choose whitening toothpaste that you can use once or twice a week that will assist in gently removing light staining and prevent your teeth from yellowing.

Forward planning

Consider your strategy for the future. After your first treatment, it’s already time to plan for the next one, perhaps in a year’s time. Certainly if you are a smoker or enthusiastic drinker of tea and coffee, then repeating a teeth whitening treatment will be essential to you. Visit your dentist for regular appointments. The dentist or hygienist can polish surface stains when they attend to your teeth. Be sure to talk with your dentist about the full range of options in oral care to ensure you are following best practice, and that they are aware of your preferred choices. Good luck and enjoy your dazzling white teeth!

 

The importance of oral hygiene is widely known to most of us, but many people are still oblivious of how to do it the right way. In fact, proper oral hygiene has many more considerations that washing one’s hands or hair. Here, we’ll try to resolve some of the most common mistakes.

  1. How Long to Brush: It’s ideal to brush your teeth for about two minutes. Most people don’t go as long as 120 seconds, as the procedure is often considered boring. Take it easy when brushing. Do not apply pressure to your teeth. Focus instead to proper and gentle brushing and attempt to brush some hard-to-reach areas of your mouth. Brush your tongue, gums, and sometimes the palate. Remember it’s called oral hygiene, not dental, and it’s for clear reasons. Doing things in this manner, brushing for two minutes should be fairly straightforward.
  1. A soft brush is ideal: If you have good oral hygiene, you shouldn't have any lasting stains which would require abrasion and pressure to your teeth. Most dentists today agree that soft and small-headed brushes are the best choice, and that how regularly you brush your teeth is more important. Replace your brush every 1-3 months, or whenever they show visible signs of wear. Worn-out toothbrushes are significantly less effective.
  1. The technique. Place your toothbrush at around 45 degree angle to your mouth, so it can cover tooth with the entire brush length. Note that this may vary depending of the brush you use. Make short back-and-forth movements which span for the width of the tooth. Gently move from one part of your jaw to another. Brush the front, chewing and inner surfaces of all your teeth. Remember to include the gums and tongue.
  1. The toothpaste: When you walk into a supermarket you will spot a wonderful variety of toothpastes, with huge differences in the content, purpose and price. Whenever you visit your dentist, consult with him or her which kind of toothpaste would best suit your current oral condition. Using inappropriate toothpastes may actually be harmful, so be aware of this when shopping.
  1. Dental Floss and Mouthwash: Flossing is more important than most people think. A tooth has five visible surfaces, and we mentioned three in the technique paragraph. The other two – those looking at neighbouring teeth - require flossing. It should be a daily routine. If you haven’t flossed your teeth before, it might be tough for you in the beginning, but you will acquire skill with time.
  1. Mouthwash can’t substitute brushing and flossing: The primary purpose of mouthwash is to freshen your breath as well as to disinfect and alkalise your mouth after a meal. These and similar solutions like oral rinses aren’t meant to replace your toothbrush and floss. It can help only in some situations, e.g. when you’re waiting for a connecting flight at an airport and your toothbrush is left in the checked baggage, mouthwash will be ideal. However, any time you have access to toothbrush, toothpaste and clean water you would never try to replace them.