Giving teeth whitening tips over at Observador

Two days ago I spoke with “Observador”, a Portuguese online newspaper, and gave them a few tips on how to keep white teeth. The article came out yesterday on-line, click here to see it. Having white teeth makes us appear younger and healthier, so it’s not difficult to understand why this is the most asked question at the Dentist.

One of the things I always remind my patients of is that “white teeth” is a very broad term, and the whiteness of the teeth depends on a lot of things, like our skin tone. As a matter of fact, one of the easiest ways to fake whiter teeth is to get tanned (but please don’t forget that the sun can harm you and always use sunscreen).

Realistically speaking, of course, having whiter teeth involves a bit more work, but there are a few tricks that can help. This is not a trick, but I have to mention it nonetheless: having a good oral hygiene is the most important thing you can do for your mouth!

Besides that, eating hard cheese can help get rid of plaque and prevent it, and broccoli keeps the enamel from being stained, because it’s so high in calcium and iron.

And what about what you shouldn’t do? You really should keep away from drinking wine, tea or coffee. In large quantities and over a long period of time, berries can also stain the teeth. There’s no problem in eating them, they’re very healthy and they have great nutritional value, but when consuming them, always make sure to rinse your mouth with water afterwards. The same tip goes for the drinks.

Actually, this is one of my most given tips: if you can’t brush your teeth after a meal, make sure to rinse your mouth with water. It helps removing the food residues between your teeth until you can brush thoroughly.

As with everything, keeping your teeth white is a combination of good hygiene habits and a careful diet. If you think you might need something extra, consult your doctor and check the options!

You can read the full article here.

 

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