Tips for a Whiter Summer Smile

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Summer is in full swing, which means it’s time to get ready for fun excursions and spending quality time with your loved ones—and for smiling in all of the pictures that come with it!

If having a bright, glittering smile is on your summer bucket list, our staff at Chesterfield Dentistry want to share with you some easy ways that you can enjoy a radiant smile this season!

1. Drink Plenty of Water

As the temperatures climb, it’s important to stay hydrated! Not only does drinking water help keep your body cool and balanced, but it also naturally washes away plaque bacteria from your teeth, which helps prevent enamel-wearing acid buildup.

2. Cut Back on Acidic Foods & Beverages

Your teeth become yellow when the enamel, or outer layer of the teeth, becomes worn down, making it easier for your teeth to be stained. Consuming too many acidic foods and beverages (such as berries, citrus, coffee, and alcohol) can speed up the staining process. If you do indulge in something acidic, be sure to brush your teeth soon afterwards if possible, or use a straw when drinking to avoid too much contact with your teeth.

3. Keep Up Your Dental Routine

Healthy, white teeth are clean teeth! Don’t neglect brushing your teeth thoroughly twice a day and flossing regularly. Doing so will ensure that you are keeping your teeth healthy, strong, and stain-free!

4. Explore Professional Whitening

If you have stained or yellow teeth, don’t fret! Our Chesterfield, MO dental office offers take-home whitening kits and in-office professional teeth whitening. Whether you are looking for a professional-grade whitening solution that you can use at home or want a dramatically brighter smile in just one office visit, we can find the solution that’s perfect for your schedule and budget.

5. Don’t Overdo It with Fluoride

Fluoride is extremely beneficial for teeth, but if you drink fluoridated water and use fluoridated toothpaste, chances are you’re already doing plenty! Excessive fluoride exposure can cause teeth to develop brown, splotchy stains, which can be removed with professional whitening.

6. Stop Smoking

Smoking carries many side effects, one of which is stained teeth. Quitting smoking will not just help your smile, but your overall health.

Visit Chesterfield Dentistry for Whiter Teeth!

We at Chesterfield Dentistry wish you all a wonderful, safe summer! If you are interested in having a dramatically brighter smile this season, schedule a whitening consultation with us today. We look forward to seeing you!

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