Shiny white teeth are great and all, but teeth that are white and healthy are what truly make for a beautiful smile. Fortunately, family dentists such as Dr. Tamatha C. Pantano, DMD provide the necessary dental services that will keep your teeth as clean and healthy as they are picture-perfect white.
Enjoying those pearly whites
The best way to achieve a white smile is through cosmetic dentistry. One professional technique known as zoom whitening penetrates the tooth enamel and dentin to break apart stain-causing materials. This effectively removes tooth discolorations and lightens the teeth up to eight shades. The procedure is painless and can be completed in under an hour.
Having a lovely smile will boost your self-esteem. However, it’s important to remember that having white teeth doesn’t necessarily mean having clean teeth. Poor oral health can have a detrimental effect on both your mental and physical health; after all, issues such as tooth decay and gum disease can contribute to the risk of conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and dementia. For these reasons, it’s essential you prioritize excellent oral health over having white teeth.
Keeping your teeth healthy and strong
Professional dental cleaning eliminates plaque, tartar, and infected material to effectively prevent or treat cavities and/or gingivitis. You may need more than one session to complete the treatment. To ensure excellent oral health, it’s strongly recommended you have your teeth cleaned by a dentist every six months.
In addition to visiting your dentist, you should observe a proper oral health regimen at home.
- Brush your teeth twice daily—once before breakfast, and again before bedtime. Each session should last at least two minutes. Use toothpaste containing fluoride, as fluoride remineralizes teeth, and protects them from the acid produced by the bacteria in your mouth.
- Make sure to brush your tongue. Your tongue contains millions of bacteria that can cause plaque buildup and bad breath.
- At least once a day, use floss or interdental brushes to clean areas in your mouth inaccessible to toothbrushes, specifically the tight spaces between your teeth.
- Rinse your mouth with a mouthwash—preferably one containing fluoride—every day.
- Chew sugar-free gum after every meal.
- Limit your sugar intake, as sugar can contribute to tooth decay. This means cutting down on sodas and foods high in unhealthy sugar content.