Every so often, a patient will ask me about the “secret” to a healthy-feeling and looking smile. You know: something to keep those pearly whites; pearly!
The one true secret is…preventative care (coupled with some cosmetic touch ups). Here are some steps that you can follow to keep your teeth and gums healthy and beautiful:
1) Get your teeth cleaned routinely! Frequent cleanings will keep your smile brighter, and will also help reduce plaque and tarter build-up which will make it easier for you to remove plaque buildup yourself before it has an opportunity to calcify. Less plaque and tarter also means less chance for bad breath. Remember…your teeth and gums can never be too clean!
2) Brush and floss often, especially after meals. This is particularly important to do after drinking coffee, tea, red wine or any other staining or sugary food. And if you don’t happen to have a toothbrush handy, make sure to swish some water around.
3) If you are a good candidate (as determined by your dentist), get an occasional, in-office Teeth Whitening. In addition to immediate results, the procedure will reinforce the importance of steps 1 and 2.