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5 Ways to Keep Teeth White

Posted on October 22nd, 2013 by Dr. Nikoo Daftary

Whether you are looking to improve the whiteness and luster of your teeth, or wish to maintain the bright smile you obtained with a whitening treatment, here are five ways you can keep your pearly whites looking pearly and white for as long as possible.
1. Dairy
Cheese, yogurt and milk may boost the whiteness and strength of teeth. Dairy products contain calcium and phosphorous, that remineralize and strengthen enamel, keeping your teeth bright and cavity-free.
2. Flossing
You probably don’t think about the stains that occur between your teeth, where your toothbrush does not reach. Flossing will remove such stains, improving the overall whiteness of your teeth.
3. Crunchy snacks
Crisp fruits and veggies can improve and maintain the whiteness of teeth. Snacks such as apples, celery and carrots can actually lift stains from your teeth, without harming the tooth enamel.
4. Stay away from stainers
If you drink a lot of coffee, tea or soda, you are probably already aware that they are the biggest culprits of teeth staining. You should try to avoid too much indulging in these drinks, but drinking through a straw can help to reduce contact these liquids have with your teeth. Rinse your mouth with water and brush your teeth as soon as you can after consumption.
5. Xylitol
Xylitol is a natural sweetener used to prevent plaque buildup. Plaque feeds on regular sugar, but is unable to digest xylitol, which also neutralizes pH levels in your mouth. The substance increases saliva production, which naturally cleans our mouths and has access to all cracks and crevices.
What are your favorite whitening methods? If you are interested in a professional whitening in our state-of-the-art office, give us a call today.

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