Look who’s coming round the bend, it’s Santa’s Super Sleigh! Okay, it might be a bit early for Christmas jingles, given that the holiday is still four months and ten days away. (But who’s counting!)
But wouldn’t it be nice if you had teeth as white as fresh powdered snow? As summer turns into fall, there’s a whole host of reasons to have a glamorous, movie star smile. School is starting back up, and school picture day will be upon us shortly.
Even if you don’t have a picture to pose for, it’s still nice to have a great smile. A whole host of university studies have linked oral health and appearance to self-esteem and confidence. That’s a long way of saying that feeling good about your smile, makes you feel good about yourself.
At Alabama Family Dental, in Mobile, AL, we want you feel good about both yourself and your smile. For that reason, we’ve decided to dedicate today’s blog to sharing some tips and tricks for keeping your teeth pearly white.
Bad Habits Like Smoking Can Stain Your Teeth
If you’re one of the millions of Americans who smokes or uses tobacco products, you probably already know the health risks of your recreational activity. But just in case, let’s refresh. Smokers die younger, experience an increased risk of various types of cancer, and often suffer numerous problems with their respiratory system later in life.
But what you may not know, is that smoking stains your teeth as well. When you inhale on a cigarette, thousands of different chemicals seep through the filter into your mouth. When you chew or dip tobacco, the result is the same with the chemicals entering your mouth directly. These chemicals rot away at your teeth and can stain them as well.
Nicotine is one of the leading causes of yellow stains on teeth. Have you ever noticed a nicotine stain on a smoker’s fingers? The result is the same on their teeth and gums. Yuck.
Soda Brings Tooth Decay in a Pretty Package
Nicotine and tobacco aren’t the only things out to destroy your smile.
Soda can bring doom and destruction to your teeth, all in a bright and shiny aluminum can. Soda is super acidic and can be used to remove rust off of metal. So just imagine what it can do to your teeth.
Soda eats away at your teeth, leaving them vulnerable to decay and cavities. The sugar contained in full-flavored soda also attracts bacteria, and builds up nasty plaque on your teeth. Artificial coloring in soda can also slowly color your teeth a different color, and leave stains.
Diet and clear sodas are slightly better for your oral health, but are equally acidic to regular soda. And acidic equals decay. If you’re going to drink soda, drinking it though straw can limit some of the damage to your teeth.
A Glass of Red Wine a Day Can Discolor Your Teeth
Red wine can be a seductress who stains your teeth as well. Now, we’re not saying red wine is a habit equally as bad for your health as smoking or drinking soda. A glass of red wine a day actually has several proven health benefits.
Unfortunately, none of those health benefits prevent it from staining your teeth. Have you ever spilled red wine on carpet? It can be a nightmare to try and remove the stain. The same is true for your teeth. Red wine is filled with natural dyes and tannins. Tannins help give the wine its flavor, but also allow the natural dyes to stick to your teeth. Rather quickly, this can results in stains on your teeth.
Professional Teeth Whitening Keeps Your Smile White
Maybe you’re not yet ready to give up smoking, drinking soda, or that evening glass of red wine. If that’s the case, don’t despair, because we can still give you a beautiful smile at Alabama Family Dental.
One of the many excellent cosmetic dentistry is teeth whitening is the services we offer. Professional Teeth Whitening is far safer than over the counter products available in stores, because it is specially formulated not to irritate your gums. In addition, it’s far more effective.
At our office, we offer both take-home whitening kits and in-office whitening treatments. Our at-home whitening kits can have your smile look whiter and more professional in a matter of weeks. If you’re in more of a rush to look good, an in-office whitening treatment can have your smile up to six shades whiter in just a single visit!