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Teeth Whitening

It's important to continue looking after your teeth after a whitening to ensure they stay clean for as long as possible. Here are six teeth whitening tips to ensure your smile stays bright.

Crunchy produce

You can't have toothpaste with you all the time. But you can still keep your bright smile intact if you know you won't be able to brush your teeth right after eating. For convenient teeth-cleaning action, eat an apple or try a carrot and celery. These foods are naturally abrasive, so they can help remove some of the substances that discolour your teeth.

Enamel protection

Your smile may not be as bright as you want because of weak enamel. Enamel is naturally a hard substance, but it cannot repair itself when it breaks down because it doesn't contain any living cells. Once enamel has been affected by oral disease, you can't restore it, and weak enamel can be more susceptible to stains. That's where enamel protection comes in handy. Fluoride found in most toothpastes can actually help strengthen tooth enamel against the wear and tear associated with acidic foods and beverages, meaning fewer stains left on weak enamel.

Dairy products

Dairy products high in calcium such as yoghurt, milk and hard cheeses like cheddar contain lactic acid, which may help protect teeth against decay and help keep your teeth white. Dairy products provide your teeth with the calcium they need to keep enamel strong.

Ease up on the drinks

There's another reason to watch what you eat. Some common foods can discolour teeth. Some top offenders are coffee, tea, dark fizzy drinks and fruit juices. These teeth stains develop slowly and become more noticeable as we age.

If you're guzzling red wine and black tea expect the results to show up as not-so-pearly whites. That doesn't mean you should give it up just remember to rinse your mouth and brush if you can after you drink or eat foods that stain teeth.

Don’t light up

Not only is it bad for your health, smoking is one of the worst offenders when it comes to staining teeth. Tobacco causes brown stains that penetrate the grooves and pits of tooth enamel. Tobacco stains can be hard to remove by brushing alone. The longer you smoke, the more entrenched the stains become. Smoking also causes bad breath and gingivitis (gum disease), and increases the risk of most types of cancer.

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If you wish to have a brighter smile, then teeth whitening may be an option for you. Ask your dentist at The Fono for help as we can provide more effective teeth-whitening treatments than the ‘do-it-yourself' kits available in shops.

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