6 tips to whiten and brighten your smile

Your smile says a lot about you, and dingy, stained teeth can hurt your confidence and impact self-image. There are many things you can do to whiten and brighten your smile, including:

Brush your teeth. It goes without saying that daily brushing and flossing are imperative to the health of your teeth. Brush at least twice daily, and floss and use mouthwash regularly to maintain the health and improve the look of your teeth.

Eat an apple. Certain fruits and vegetables, including apples, pears, celery and carrots, create more saliva in your mouth, which helps wash away food debris from your teeth and neutralizes the acid that causes tooth decay. Even chewing sugarless gum can make your mouth produce more saliva.

Brush after eating certain foods. Just as they can stain a white T-shirt, foods such as blueberries, tomato sauce and soy sauce are known to stain your teeth over time. It’s important to brush or rinse your mouth out after you eat these foods to help prevent staining.

And watch what you drink. Coffee, tea, dark soda, red wine, fruit juices and sports drinks can all cause your teeth to stain over time. You don’t need to avoid these beverages. You just need to remember to brush or rinse out your mouth after drinking them.

Don’t smoke. Smoking is one of the biggest causes of teeth staining. Tobacco stains can penetrate into tooth enamel and cause your teeth to look dull and dingy over time. Smoking causes bad breath, gingivitis and several health problems, which are more reasons to quit.

Use a teeth whitening kit. New Look Skin Center offers teeth whitening products from White Sciences that can remove stains and rejuvenate the color of your teeth from the comfort of your own home. The kit consists of upper and lower trays that are custom fit to your mouth, whitening gel, vitamin E sticks, an LED light for quick results and a maintenance pen for whitening on the go.

We would love to help you achieve a beautiful smile. Schedule an appointment at one of our offices in Glendale, Encino and Irvine by calling (818) 662-5005.

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