Taking good care of your teeth on a consistent basis can help you prevent a lot of things. For example, tooth decay and gum disease are both the result of the oral bacteria lingering on your teeth and gum line. However, some things aren’t avoidable forever, such as the development stains on your teeth surfaces and the gradual loss of their healthy, youthful shine. The good news is that common teeth stains aren’t as serious to your oral health as tooth decay or gum disease. Also, though you may not prevent them forever, you can take steps to slow down their development and preserve your smile’s healthy appearance longer.
Focus when you clean your teeth
It isn’t enough to just go through the motions of brushing and flossing your teeth every day. It’s also important to stick to a regular schedule of doing it, and to pay close attention to what you’re doing as you brush and floss. The point of good hygiene is to clean away all the traces of plaque that buildup on your teeth and along your gum line. If you aren’t attentive when you brush and floss your teeth, you’re more likely to miss several spots of plaque, allowing them to calcify into tartar. Not only are plaque and tartar buildup visibly noticeable, but they can also lead to weakened tooth enamel that can stain more easily.
Eat more foods with calcium
The secret to keeping your tooth enamel strong and resilient against stains is to ensure it has the minerals it needs to constantly replenish itself. Enamel is made almost entirely of minerals, one of the most abundant of which is calcium. When oral bacteria attack your tooth enamel, they make it weak by eroding it, and make it difficult for your teeth to replenish it by sapping them of minerals. By eating a healthy diet with plenty of calcium-rich foods and beverages (such as milk and other dairy products).
Drink more water, and rinse with it often
Water doesn’t contain many minerals to replenish your tooth enamel, but it’s important to your overall and oral health in many important ways. For instance, water is a natural neutralizer of oral bacteria, and drinking plenty of it will help ensure you have a healthy saliva flow to consistently rinse bacteria off your teeth. Drinking water is also a much healthier choice than sugary and acidic soft drinks and beverages, which can rapidly weaken your tooth enamel and structure.
Learn how to keep your smile bright
The most common types of teeth stains aren’t always preventable, but you can slow them down significantly with these few tips that you can practice at home. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Creekside Family Dental Care in Columbia, TN, today at (931) 388–3384.