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Whitening and Cleaning Your Teeth


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The key to healthy, whiter teeth (and gums) is daily plaque removal. However most people don't know what plaque is, how to remove it or the little know tips that can keep your teeth whiter, brighter and healthy!

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Whitening and Cleaning Your Teeth

  1. 1. Cleaning & Whitening Your Teeth
  2. 2. Cleaning Your Teeth & Gums The key to healthy teeth and gums is daily plaque removal.
  3. 3. What is Plaque? Plaque is the sticky colorless film of bacteria that is constantly forming on your teeth. Plaque build up is one of the main causes of tooth decay and gum disease.
  4. 4. Cleaning Your Teeth & Gums (1 of 3)  Step one: Brush your teeth immediately after eating foods that stain.
  5. 5. Cleaning Your Teeth & Gums (2 of 3)  Step two: regularly use a good bleaching agent, either from the pharmacy or your dentist.
  6. 6. Cleaning Your Teeth & Gums (3 of 3)  Step three: be conscious of tooth-staining foods and drinks, and have them only when a toothbrush is around. If not, have an apple for dessert.
  7. 7. Go on a white-teeth diet Follow these simple instructions and you'll be off to a great start: If you’re drinking a lot of red wine and black tea, or smoking cigarettes, expect the results to show up as not-so-pearly whites. Other culprits include colas, gravies and dark juices.
  8. 8. Hum while you brush The ideal amount of time to brush to get all the bacteria-packed plaque out is at least two minutes. Use your watch or keep a timer in the bathroom and set it for two minutes. Or find a tune that lasts about two minutes and hum it to the end.
  9. 9. Grip your toothbrush Like a pencil The best way is to place your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle against your gums and gently move it in a circular motion, rather than a back-andforth motion. Grip the toothbrush like a pencil so you won’t scrub too hard.
  10. 10. Change your toothbrush regulary Throw away your toothbrush or change the head of your electric toothbrush at least every two to three months. Otherwise, you’re just transferring bacteria to your mouth.
  11. 11. Use alcohol-free mouthwash Most over-the-counter mouthwashes have alcohol, which can dry out the tissues in your mouth, making them more susceptible to bacteria.
  12. 12. Clean your tongue daily Clean your tongue with a tongue scraper every morning removes tongue plaque and freshens your breath. A major cause of bad breath is the build-up of bacteria on the tongue, which a daily tongue scraping will help to banish.
  13. 13. Cut back on sugar Limit sugary foods. Sugar plus bacteria equals oral plaque. Plaque leads to bleeding gums, tooth decay and cavities. Plus, the acid in refined sugars and carbonated beverages dissolves tooth enamel.
  14. 14. Eat tooth-cleaning foods Foods that are firm or crisp help to clean the teeth as they’re eaten. Apples raw carrots, celery and (unsweetened) popcorn are all good examples. For best results, make “detergent” foods the final food you eat in your meal if you know you can’t brush your teeth after eating.
  15. 15. Drink 8+ glasses of water a day Not only does the water help to keep your digestive system healthy and hydrate your skin, but it also helps to keep your teeth white. The more water you drink, the more bacteria you flush off your teeth and out of your mouth, meaning less risk of gum disease, fewer cavities and fresher breath
  16. 16. Check your breath To check the freshness of your breath, lick the back of your hand and smell it while it’s still wet. If you smell something, it’s time for a sugar-free breath mint or tooth brushing.
  17. 17. Prevent tooth fractures Suck—don’t chew—hard foods such as hard candy or ice. Chewing hard foods creates tiny fractures in the enamel of your teeth that, over the years, combine to result in major cracks.
  18. 18. 4 Ways to Protect Your Teeth 1. Eat chocolates, candies & sweeteners made from Xylitol instead of sugar 1. Estimate the cost of professional cleaning with our Dental Cost Calculator 1. Find a local dentist in our Dental Directory of over 90,000 dentists 1. Get Financing for the entire cost of your new braces