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Preventing Stains to Your Pearly Whites

Top 5 Ways to Prevent Tooth Staining

If you’ve recently had cosmetic dental treatment because of concerns over tooth stains, you’re probably wondering if there is anything you can do to prevent stains from happening in the first place. We have good news and bad news for you.

The bad news is that there are some causes of tooth staining you can’t control, like age and past dental trauma. The best you can do is to treat those stains as they occur, whether through teeth whitening, veneers, or other cosmetic treatments.

The good news is that there are plenty of causes of tooth staining that you can control – and we’re here to help you do just that. Here are the top 5 ways you can prevent your teeth from becoming yellowed and stained.

  1. Avoid foods that are known to stain teeth.

The top culprits of food-related tooth staining include wine, coffee, tea, sodas, and acidic fruit juices and soft drinks. But if you’d rather not cut coffee or healthy fruit juices out of your diet entirely, don’t worry. Oftentimes you can prevent stains by rinsing your mouth out with water after you’re done with your beverage. You can have your coffee and your pearly whites too!

      2. Practice good dental hygiene.

Good dental hygiene includes brushing after every meal, flossing every day, rinsing your mouth out with water after eating or drinking teeth-staining foods, and visiting your family dentist twice a year for a teeth cleaning. This can not only keep your dental health on track, but it will also keep your teeth clean and reduce the odds of stains.

      3. Quit smoking.

We’ll be the first to admit that “whiter teeth” is pretty far down the list of reasons why you should quit smoking. But smoking does stain the teeth, so if having white, shiny teeth is important to you, consider quitting.

      4. Ask your doctor about the side effects of your medications.

Certain medications, such as tetracycline, are known to cause darkening of the teeth. In fact, tetracycline has been shown to cause tooth darkening in children whose mothers took it during the second half of their pregnancies. Be sure to ask your doctor about all the side effects of a medication before you start taking it. If there’s a certain side effect you can’t live with, you’re well within your rights to ask for a different medication.

      5. Watch out for your children’s dental health.

True, this won’t make your teeth whiter, but it can pay major dividends in your children. We already mentioned how certain medications can affect teeth of babies who have yet to be born. (Tetracycline is rarely prescribed to mothers-to-be for this very reason.) You should also try to avoid having tetracycline prescribed to children under 8, and be very careful about early exposure to fluoride. Once the enamel on your child’s teeth has formed, fluoride is fine, but before then, it can stain a child’s teeth.

And of course, teaching your child healthy brushing and flossing habits is the gift that keeps on giving their entire life.

These are just a few of the ways you can keep your teeth white, bright, and healthy – there are many others! If you’d like to learn more, feel free to give us a call or ask the dentist during your next appointment. After all, we love to see smiling faces all over Winston-Salem, NC and Clemmons, NC, so if we can put a smile on your face, we’ll do it!

How To Maintain A Healthy Smile

Oral Health Tips

At Winston Smiles, we want all of our patients to be confident in their smiles. That being said, not everyone knows the best ways to maintain their teeth and gums. That is why we are here to give you the best tips to transform your mouth and keep your mouth healthy.

 

At-Home Care For Your Mouth

  • Brush your teeth a minimum of two times a day.
  • Floss every day.
  • Use mouthwash directly after brushing your teeth.
  • Try to find toothpaste that has fluoride in it, because fluoride straightens your tooth’s enamel.
  • Change your tooth brush after you are sick.

 

Children’s Oral Health Tips

  • Supervise your child while they are brushing or flossing.
  • Use a timer to make sure your child is brushing their teeth long enough.
  • Stop your child from sucking their thumb or using the bottle for too long while their teeth are developing.

 

Make An Appointment At The Dentist

  • Talk with us about your anxieties about coming to the dentist.
  • Make sure you make appointments for regular check-ups.
  • Ask our dentists for more tips.

 

Watch Your Diet

  • Quit smoking! Smoking can stain your teeth and cause gum disease, tooth loss, and severe cases of mouth cancer.
  • Stay away from sugary foods and drinks.
  • Wait an hour after eating and drinking before brushing your teeth.

 

Winston Smiles is the family dentistry office in Winston-Salem, NC to turn to for a range of services that help you maintain a healthy smile. From teeth cleaning and teeth whitening to Invisalign and porcelain veneers, we have the solutions you need. Call us today to make an appointment.

 

Teeth Grinding

What is Teeth Grinding?

Teeth Grinding (Bruxism) is the grinding or clenching of your teeth. Bruxism can occur in both adults and children. The causes of bruxism are not completely known to doctors, but factors such as alcohol, stress, anxiety, cigarette smoking, sleep apnea, snoring and fatigue may be linked to it. This can also occur during sleep (sleep bruxism).

How does Bruxism affect children?

In children teeth grinding is common amongst young children. This can be caused by allergies, misaligned teeth, enlarged tonsils and adenoids or mouth irritations. This generally goes away by the time they hit their teens.

Severe Bruxism

If a person has severe bruxism it could lead to tooth, jaw or crown damage, tension headaches, facial pain and TMJ type disorders that sound like clicking when you open or close your mouth.

Your dentist can make some suggestions based your situation. Some treatment options that they could come up with could be splints, mouth guards or dental correction. They may suggest you see your primary care physician or a sleep specialist if necessary.

Ways To Keep Your Teeth Healthy This Holiday Season

This holiday season be kind to your teeth and follow these tips to staying on track with your oral health care.

Avoid Eating Too Many Sweets 

Eating a lot of sugar can increase the risk of tooth decay and cavities to your teeth. When you consume food or drinks with sugars in them the bacteria in plaque produces acids in your mouth that will attack the enamel of your teeth.

Instead of opting for multiple sweets choose one or two to eat and then brush your teeth afterwards. This will decrease the likelihood of developing tooth decay and cavities.

Keep a Routine

Whether it be to brush your teeth first thing in the morning and last thing before you go to bed make a routine of your oral health care.

The ADA recommends you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes and make sure to floss! This will help you maintain optimal oral health.

Drink Water

Drinking water can help promote tooth density and health with the added fluoride found in toothpaste.

Protect Your Teeth

If you plan on playing games and sports protect your teeth with a mouth guard.

Dental Cleanings and Checkups

The holidays are the busiest time of year but that doesn’t mean you should neglect your oral health. Make sure to make your dental leaning and checkup appointment if it is due this month!

Make sure to make your appointment at Winston Smiles for your teeth cleaning and dental work today!

 


 

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