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5 Things You Can Do to Keep Your Smile White

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Whitening your teeth is just the first step. After your teeth are bleached to that perfect shade of white, you need to put some effort into maintaining them.

Here are five of the best ways to keep your smile brilliant.

Avoid Dark Drinks

Wine, tea, coffee, cola, sports drinks, and energy drinks are the primary stain culprits. Stay away from these, and you’ll be rewarded with a white smile. You’ll also want to be careful of dark foods like berries, curry, and tomato sauce.

Don’t Smoke

Tobacco use is a surefire way to bring your tooth color back to square one. If you don’t like the idea of whitening your teeth every year, then cutting back on smoking will help you maintain the progress made.

Brush Often

The longer you let plaque sit on your teeth, the more it will stain! Make it a habit to brush 2-3 times a day with a soft toothbrush and a toothpaste with mild abrasive ingredients to buff away new stain. Wait a half hour after eating so that you don’t spread around food acids while brushing.

Use a Whitening Rinse

Avoid mouthwashes that contain cetylpyridinium chloride, a notorious staining ingredient. Look instead for ones with a low concentration of hydrogen peroxide. The peroxide will help lift surface stain to maintain smile brightness.

Strengthen Your Enamel

Weakened enamel gets sensitive and porous and traps stain from food and plaque. If you keep your enamel strong and healthy, your teeth will look whiter. Use enamel-reinforcing toothpastes that contain ingredients like:

  • Fluoride
  • Hydroxyapatite
  • Calcium
  • Potassium nitrate

Visit your dentist to find out what else you can do to maintain a beautiful white smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Soft Touch Dentistry
1214 Paragon Dr
O’Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 622-5050


The Worst Candy for Your Smile

We’re nearing that time of year when our teeth really take a beating. Nothing is worse for tooth enamel than a fun-filled and yummy holiday!

Which candies are the absolute worst for your teeth?


Sugar is bad enough, as is. But add to it some sour and sticky ingredients, and you’ve got a recipe for cavities on your teeth! That acidic zing can damage your enamel with prolonged exposure.

Swedish Fish, candy corn, and Starbursts also fall into this category of sticky taboo sweets.

Caramel-Filled Anything!

Caramel is synonymous with autumn. It goes with pretty much everything, too: apples, ice cream, cookies, iced coffee, chocolate. Anyone who doesn’t like salted caramel just doesn’t have a heart.

But be warned! Caramel notoriously gums up braces and wedges itself between teeth. It’s one thing to enjoy caramel sauce with your custard. But Twix candy bars and other goodies stuffed with chewy caramel will pack sugar into spots in your teeth you didn’t know existed.

Pumpkin Spice Lattes

We’ve all got our favorite seasonal warm drinks. One thing such beverages have in common is sugar and sugar in liquid form is deadly to teeth.

You probably don’t realize just how much sugar you’re washing your enamel in as you slowly sip that double-mocha-extra-whip-peppermint-flavored-medium-americano!

Candy Canes

Christmas is coming before we know it. You’ll want to be cautious of hard candies that you just lick or suck on for hours on end. This makes your saliva very sugary and acidic and fuels cavity-causing bacteria for as long as you savor that sweet. Say no to lollipops and candy canes in mass quantities!

Don’t let the holiday rush distract you from scheduling your family’s dental health checkups!

Posted on behalf of:
Greencastle Dental
195 Greencastle Road
Tyrone, GA 30290
(770) 486-5585

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