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Five top tips for tip top teeth in the New Year!

Our teeth tend to yellow with age and staining can cause discolouration. If your teeth are more pearly yellow than white, here are five easy ways to keep them looking clean, bright and healthy:

1. Think as you drink
The worst culprits for staining teeth are coffee, tea, blackcurrant juice and red wine, not to mention cigarettes. The general rule is that any food or drink that can stain a white T-shirt can stain your teeth. If you can’t cut them out, try cutting down.

2. Brush up
Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss regularly. You may find that an electric toothbrush is better for removing plaque and surface stains. There are also various whitening toothpastes on the market and, while they do not affect the natural colour of your teeth, they may help to remove surface stains and therefore improve the overall appearance of your teeth.

3. Say cheese
Research has shown that eating cheese after a meal can reduce the levels of acid in the mouth. Foods that are high in calcium, such as cheese, almonds and leafy greens can help keep tooth enamel strong and healthy.

4. Perfectly polished
Visit the hygienist for a scale and polish treatment. Professional cleaning will remove plaque and tartar and, while it does not whiten teeth, can help to remove the stains caused by food and tobacco.

5. Chews wisely
Studies show that chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after meals can help prevent tooth decay. Chewing can increase the flow of saliva, which is the mouth’s natural defence against acid.

Tooth whitening can be a very effective way of lightening teeth that have become discoloured over time. If you’d like to find out more about our teeth whitening treatments, please get in touch with our friendly team at Bridge Dental on 01332 2206 23.

Posted by Bridge Dental and Implant Clinic on 5th January 2016, under Teeth Whitening