Season in the Sun: Ocean Township Dentist Dishes Top Tips for Keeping Teeth Sparkling All Summer Long
It’s summer—a time of footloose and fancy-free fun for all.
In fact, the only real must-have accessory of the season is a smile.
When it comes to letting the good times roll (and the photos that’ll be snapped to immortalize them), Alan Stern, DDS, a dentist in Ocean Township, N.J., whose practice delivers the area’s top restorative, preventive and cosmetic dentist, says there are plenty of ways to keep your teeth in top shape.
Here are a few easy ways to mellow the yellow for a glistening grin:
Avoid major stain culprits like coffee, tea, red wine, sports drinks and sodas. If you drink these beverages, rinse your mouth with water right afterward and consider drinking with a straw, which will reduce how much of the liquid comes into contact with your teeth. You should wait to brush about a half an hour after drinking (or eating) something acidic, as the acid weakens tooth enamel and brushing too soon can damage the enamel.
Keep up with your regular cleanings. That fresh feeling your teeth get when you’ve had a professional cleaning is tough to replicate—and removing harmful deposits from your teeth and gums keeps your mouth healthy, which in turn keeps your teeth brighter longer. “Regular dental visits not only help your smile look better; they also help to catch problems at an early stage and to keep the bacteria in your mouth from wreaking havoc with your mouth and your entire body,” says Dr. Stern.
Practice good oral hygiene. Cleanings are only every so often, so you have to maintain your teeth at home, too—brush at least twice a day and floss at least once (this part’s really important, so don’t skip it!) to keep that sparkly look.
Stay away from tobacco. Smoking causes persistent, hard-to-clean stains on your teeth (in addition to gum disease and a host of other negative health effects you’ve heard about before). If you need another reason to quit, this is a good one.
Eat your fruits and veggies. Carrots, celery, apples and pears promote salivation, which helps clean your teeth and neutralize the acids in your mouth that promote decay. Not all produce is created equal, though—brightly colored fruits like blueberries and cherries can have a staining effect. Just remember to rinse your mouth with water and thoroughly brush and floss after consuming these vibrant foods.
Consider a whitening treatment. We offer options to freshen up your smile at a range of price points, with pre-formed trays filled with whitening solution, trays custom-fit to your mouth or an in-office power bleaching. All provide results that will last, particularly if you follow the tips above.
See your dentist! A pleasing smile not only makes a great impression on other people; it also adds to your self-esteem and confidence. Keeping your mouth healthy and clean goes a long way. Adds Dr. Stern: “If your teeth are not looking their very best, please ask how we can best help. There are so many ways to improve your smile for just about every budget and desire.”
For more tips, go to www.alansterndds.com or call 732.493.8030.
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