Rewinding the Years: Dental Care Tips for Older Adults

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Rewinding the Years: Dental Care Tips for Older Adults

Once my children were grown and on their own, I decided it was time to care of me. One of the first things I did was make an appointment with the dentist. I quickly discovered that years of not keeping up with my own dental care had taken a heavy toll on my teeth. Whereas I thought my teeth were just fine, the dentist pointed out several problems that were going to require a lot of work. When talking to friends, I found out that many of them were in the same boat. This blog is for people like me who just did not have time to keep up with their own dental care.

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3 Tips For Keeping Your Teeth White

Getting your teeth whitened by the dentist is very effective, and can leave your teeth looking amazing. Because they look so white and bright, you likely want this to last for as long as possible. A bit part of this is to make sure that you care for your teeth. There are certain things that you can do to make sure that your teeth look great and that they stay as white as possible, for as long as possible. This article will discuss 3 tips for keeping your teeth white.

Brush Immediately After Drinking Staining Beverages

If you are someone that has to have your coffee each morning, your glass of red wine each night, etc., then you know that this can increase the risk of staining your teeth. However, in order to reduce the staining effect that these beverages can have on your teeth, you should brush your teeth right after drinking them. This removes any residue left behind from the drink that may stain your teeth, and it also stops the stains from potentially sinking into the surface enamel of your teeth. Also, as an added tip, trying drinking your beverages through a straw, so they come in less contact with your teeth.

Brush Your Teeth With Baking Soda

Baking soda is a natural whitening agent, and is used in several whitening toothpastes. However, rather than spending the money for a whitening toothpaste, simply brush your teeth with baking soda every now and then. This will help to remove any surface stains that have been building up on your teeth, and will restore that bright white color to your teeth that you had immediately after you had your teeth whitened at the dentist. Just make sure that you don't swallow the baking soda and rinse your mouth out thoroughly after brushing with it.  

Go In For Dental Cleanings

By going in for regular dental cleanings, such as at Pike Dentistry, you are not only ensuring that your teeth are healthy and strong, but you are also ensuring that you get a professional level of cleaning every 6 months or so. The tools and products that are used on your teeth during a dental cleaning are generally much more effective at cleaning and whitening your teeth than the products that you use at home. This will once again help restore that whiteness to your teeth that you desire, and you will leave your dental cleaning with a big smile on your face.