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A Beautiful Smile That Lasts

woman smiling and brushing her teethAfter Brian F. Scaff DDS in North Austin whitens your smile, you can help ensure that your pearly whites will not loose their splendor! Naturally over time, common staining will occur. To help slow down that process, Dr. Scaff offers helpful and everyday tips to make your bright smile last.

Rinse Daily

First, rinse daily with peroxide or mouthwash. Not only do these products improve oral hygiene and cut down on bacteria, but they also have an effect on whitening your teeth. Additionally, there are many over-the-counter mouthwashes with an extra whitening agent which will help prolong your whitened smile.

Be Mindful of What You Eat

Another natural teeth whitening remedy is to regularly consume foods and drinks that fight bacteria, such as straight cranberry juice and celery. Doing so reduces the amount of plaque on your teeth which enhances their white appearance.

There are some materials (and daily practices) to avoid because they will stain your teeth over time. These include coffee, tea, soft drinks, red wine, smoking, and even some medications. If you cannot cut these out of your life, simply rinse your mouth out each time after you use them.

Proper Tooth Brushing

We probably don’t need to remind you, but brushing your teeth correctly a couple of times a day will greatly help you keep your white smile. You may choose toothpaste with extra whitening or baking soda to help the process. Proper brushing technique should take you at least two minutes using short brush strokes, paying close attention to the gum line and hard-to-reach areas. Clean the outer surfaces of your upper, then lower teeth, as well as inner surfaces. Finally, don’t forget the chewing surfaces and your tongue. Using good brushing techniques for 120 seconds will improve oral hygiene, and permanent stains will not build up as fast.

As you can see, it doesn’t take too much effort or money to make your whitened smile last. If you have any questions or would like additional tips on how to make your fresh, white smile last, contact our North Austin office today!

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