6 steps to a brighter, whiter smile

Many patients ask how they can improve the look of stained, dingy teeth. Here are some simple steps to help you maintain or improve your smile, which can boost confidence and self-image:

Brush your teeth. Twice-daily brushing and daily flossing will help your teeth healthy. Brushing or rinsing your mouth after eating foods or drinking beverages that stain your teeth will help minimize staining.

Eat healthy. Crunchy fruits and vegetables such as apples, pears and celery are natural stain removers and eating them can trigger the production of saliva, which helps improve the health of your teeth by washing away food debris.

Quit smoking. Smoking causes bad breath, gingivitis and is linked to numerous health problems. But it is also one of the major causes of staining on your teeth. Tobacco causes stains in the enamel, and staining worsens the longer you smoke.

Watch certain drinks and foods that can discolor your teeth. If a drink or food can stain your clothing, it’s likely to stain your teeth, too. Many foods contain a substance called tannin that makes teeth more prone to stain. Beverages that are known for staining teeth include coffee, tea, red wine, dark sodas, sports drinks and fruit juices. Tomato-based sauces, curry, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar and berries can stain your teeth as well.

Whiten your teeth at the dentist’s office. Regular checkups will help keep your teeth healthy and bright, but adding an in-office Zoom treatment can help give your smile a boost of brightness with little to no sensitivity.

Take home a professional teeth whitening treatment kit. Our office offers Zoom teeth whitening treatments so you can whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home. Trays are customized to fit your mouth, and high-potency gels offer excellent results with consistent use.

If you’ve had dental work done, you may need to discuss getting dental bonding or porcelain veneers for whiten and brighten your teeth. To learn more about ways to improve your smile, call 501-843-9561 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jirik.

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