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Maintaining a White Smile

Your everyday habits and lifestyle can help you achieve a brighter smile, longer. 

Who doesn’t want a brilliantly white smile? Of course, there are certain habits you may (or may not) be doing that could be affecting the overall appearance and radiance of your smile. Fortunately, there are a variety of ways to support a whiter smile, from simple changes in at-home care to visiting our Columbia, SC, dentist, Dr. Joel Johnson, for cosmetic dentistry.

Improve Your Oral Care Routine 

Brushing and flossing your teeth are crucial for maintaining a healthy smile, but these two habits can also prevent stains from developing on your teeth. It’s important that you are brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily. If you are someone who drinks coffee or tea, you may want to consider using a whitening toothpaste, which can protect your teeth against yellow stains. While whitening toothpaste won’t lighten your teeth, they can prevent new stains from forming.

Watch What You Eat

Many of the foods and drinks we consume every day can cause stains to form on our teeth. One way to maintain a whiter smile is to not only adopt an optimal daily dental routine that keeps your teeth and gums clean, but also that you limit dark foods and drinks that can lead to discolorations. If you do consume these dark foods and drinks, make sure to brush your teeth immediately after, or at the very least rinse your mouth out.

Try Over-the-Counter Whitening 

If you’ve already received whitening treatment from our Columbia office and you are looking for simple ways to make your results last longer, one way is to use an over-the-counter whitening product. These at-home whitening products coupled with maintaining good oral hygiene can help keep your teeth looking their best.

Maintaining good oral hygiene and a smile-friendly diet are the two most important things you can do to support a white smile. Of course, if you still want to turn to teeth whitening or dental veneers to treat darker, deep-set dental stains, call our Columbia, SC, office at (803) 788-2555.

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