We want that bright white smile, but unfortunately, a lot of our favorite foods and drinks can be hurting our chances of attaining it. Good dental hygiene habits are important in keeping our smile healthy, just as avoiding bad ones can hinder our efforts. But good dental hygiene alone may not be enough for a smile that shines. Teeth whitening from our Independence, MO, dentist can provide fast and unmatched results. Learn more about teeth whitening from Dr. Richard Mark and Dr. Jeffrey Mark of Mark Family Dental.
The best first step toward improving the appearance of our smile is with daily brushing and flossing. These simple steps can remove the accumulated plaque from our teeth, which can become a visible problem if this is something we are neglecting. Much more so if we avoid our regular in-office dental cleanings, which can remove the plaque that has hardened and leave us with a clean and healthy smile. But what if stains still remain? For certain stains, brushing and cleanings may not be enough if our goal is a bright white smile.
Food and Drink Stains
Colorful foods are most to blame for stains that settle onto our teeth. This includes drinks made with these, such as wine, coffee, and some juices. Sports drinks and carbonated drinks may not be made from colorful foods, though they might claim it, they can still stain our teeth. Many of these also have acids and other ingredients that cause some erosion to the enamel which makes the staining worse.
It's not just foods, tobacco products can also cause discoloring, via both nicotine and tar. Tobacco has also been shown to be a risk factor for developing gum disease and worsening it if we already suffer from the condition.
Teeth Whitening in Independence, MO
Teeth whitening works by breaking down these stains with the use of bleaching agents. Over-the-counter products employ these but in a much-reduced formula, so for much faster and improved results, in-office teeth whitening treatment can make our teeth many shades whiter and in a safe setting. But if convenience is an issue, our dentist also offers take-home kits.
Cutting back on the bigger offenders can make sure our smile remains bright white for a long time, especially those that can harm the health of our teeth and gums.
If you're ready to improve your smile then your Independence, MO, dentist can help. Schedule a visit with Drs. Mark of Mark Family Dental by dialing (816) 461-3660.