If you’re looking for a way to brighten your smile without using harsh chemical treatments, the Australian Dental Association has several recommendations. Most are simple behavioral changes you can make to reduce the gradual staining of your teeth, including:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day with a toothpaste containing fluoride
- Flossing daily
- Chewing sugar-free gum
- Rinsing with water after consuming beverages like coffee or red wine
- Avoiding teeth-staining foods like curry
- Avoiding tobacco
- Visiting your dentist for regular cleanings
To treat existing discoloration, many health professionals recommend using a natural at-home treatment, such as brushing with baking soda. It is also wise to make fruits such as apples a staple in your diet because they help clean the surface of your teeth naturally. When it comes to teeth-staining beverages, drinking through a straw can be a smart strategy to avoid contact with your teeth.
And studies have also shown that adding milk or cream to coffee can help prevent staining. In all cases, it is important to talk to a dentist on your True Care dental plan before adopting any specific whitening strategies. Your dentist will help you decide which ones are most effective, and in some cases, recommend you for in-office whitening treatments.