You run your tongue across your teeth and they feel absolutely smooth, so you flash your smile to the world because you know it is sparkling clean--this is a refreshing experience that always comes along with a visit to your dental hygienist for a cleaning. However, this fresh, sparkling clean feeling usually doesn't last very long, and by the time your next dental cleaning appointment rolls around, your smile feels anything but captivating. To prolong the longevity of that super clean feeling after your dental cleaning, there are a few helpful tips to keep in mind.
Stick with a healthy diet.
There are more than a few reasons why eating healthy food is a good idea, but what you may not know is healthy foods can actually help clean your teeth. Crunchy, high-fiber veggies can break up stains to keep your teeth clean. So munch away on things like crunchy carrots, crisp celery, and even raw broccoli.
Staying hydrated makes it easier for your mouth to produce enough saliva to keep your mouth and teeth lubricated. The ready availability of saliva helps to wash away small food particles and stains that naturally stick to your teeth when you eat or drink. Drinking plenty of water is not just healthy for your body. It can actually be good for your mouth and teeth.
Brush often and for the right amount of time.
Brushing twice a day is the usual recommendation, but you also have to make sure you are brushing correctly. Make sure you brush your teeth for about two minutes with each brushing, making sure to briskly go after every angle of your teeth. Anything more than just a few minutes is overkill, but anything less could definitely prevent your smile from looking its best between cleanings.
Don't forget to floss.
Flossing plays a huge role in the health of your smile without question. However, many patients have no idea that flossing will help their smile appear and feel cleaner in between dental cleaning visits. By removing the small particles of food debris between your teeth, it will be easier to brush the surface of every tooth, and your teeth will feel much cleaner overall.
Steer clear of dark-colored beverages.
Coffee, tea, cola, all of these are examples of drinks that can leave you with less-than-white teeth. If you want to keep your smile looking bright white for as long as possible, it is best to just skip these beverages if you can. If you must have something out of the dark-colored beverage category, take the time to brush and floss immediately after consumption to prevent stains.
For more tips, talk with a dental care provider like Legacy Dental Arts.