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Foods to Avoid If You Want to Keep Your Teeth Brilliantly White

Foods to Avoid If You Want to Keep Your Teeth Brilliantly White

Whitening your teeth at home adds up. Americans spend almost $1.5 billion a year on at home whitening products. That may not sound like a lot of money, but it is approximately $10 per American adult.

The best way to whiten your teeth? Avoid getting them stained in the first place.

Scroll on to see what foods to avoid to keep your smile shine.

Foods to Avoid 101: Tea and Coffee

Few people want to hear that they cannot have their morning coffee. But as often as we drink at least part of this duo, it is important to know what it is doing to your teeth. This is all the more important as we age.

Black tea stains your teeth worse than coffee. Black tea contains a natural group of compounds named tannins. Tannins stick to your teeth because they adhere to enamel proteins.

Coffee drinkers, you are not in the clear, either. Coffee contains tannins as well. It has less of them.

If you are looking for a drink that isn’t as harsh, but will still give you that caffeine fix, try white tea. It is lower in tannins.

If you cannot go without to your cup of joe or tea, try lightening them. Use milk or cream in your tea or coffee. Not only will this lower the tannins impact, but reduce the potential of coffee/tea stain teeth.

Carbonated, Energy, or Sports Drinks

As most people know, these drinks filled with lots of sugar. But it is not only the sweetness that affects your smile.

Many sodas, energy, and sports drinks have very high acidic levels. This acid can erode your enamel. It makes the tooth more vulnerable to discoloration and cavities.

Researchers are trying to see if people can grow back tooth enamel. But it is currently irreplaceable.

So, if one wants to avoid discoloration from these types of drink, try to drink less of them. You can also drink these beverages through a straw if you cannot kick the habit all the way.

Curries and Tomato Sauces

This is bad news for anyone who loves Indian, Thai, or Italian food. Curries and tomato-based sauces are very saturated color-wise. And this is bad for your teeth.

Like the drinks listed above, curries and tomato sauces are very acidic.
One can enjoy these foods still. But use caution.

You can eat spinach before your meal to help balance out the acid intake. And if all else fails, chew some sugar-free gum after the meal.

Berries

Berries contain a chemical called chromogens. Chromogens is a fancy word for these vivid pigments that will stick to your teeth.

Berries are in quite a few foods. Between juices, fruit salads, and pies: berries are in lots of things. Berries of all types will stain your teeth.

If you want to continue eating berries, do as such in moderation. Try to eat paler fruits and vegetables. Pineapples, cauliflower, apples, pears, and cucumbers are all foods that make your teeth whiter by boosting your saliva production.

Keep Your Smile Bright

There are several foods to avoid if you want the perfect smile. But remember not to be too hard on yourself. Again, all things are fine in moderation and can fit into your life with a healthy dental plan.

Have any questions or inquiries on how to make your smile whiter? Please feel free to contact us!

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Debunking 5 Commonly Believed Dental Hygiene Myths

Your dental health does more for you than just keep your smile looking great. It’s also pivotal in the health of your body overall helping keep you from coming down with illnesses extending from heart disease to cancer.

In an effort to better educate people on the importance of proper dental hygiene, our team has put together this article outlining a wide variety of dental myths and facts.

Use the below oral care truths to help shape your daily care routine and keep moving towards being your best most healthy self!

Myth #1. You Should Only Visit the Dentist If You Have a Problem

This is a dental health myth that can lead to dangerous degenerative conditions forming in patients. Truly, preventive care is better than any cure dental science can come up with.

For that reason, it’s essential to visit a dentist at least twice a year for a check up and cleaning to preserve your health. Preventative care will also save you money fixing costly issues down the line.

Myth #2. It Doesn’t Matter What Time You Brush Your Teeth

Brushing your teeth regularly is a good idea despite the time of the day. Still, there are times when it’s most beneficial to brush.

Typically, dentists will recommend patients brush at least two times per day, once in the morning and once before going to bed. Brushing between meals can also be a good practice with a high-quality tooth paste.

Myth #3. Oral Health Deterioration is Natural with Aging

You should never predispose yourself to bad oral health because you’re getting older. With a good dental routine, you can expect high-quality teeth and gums well into your years as a senior citizen.

On the flip side, just because you’re young does not mean your teeth are healthy. It’s very common for teenagers and young adults to have severe tooth decay.

Myth #4. Diet Sodas Won’t Effect My Dental Health Because They’re Sugar Free

It’s true, sugars cause cavities and diet drinks don’t have sugar in them usually. That’s not to say though that they can’t effect your dental hygiene.

Sodas, diet or not, are highly acidic and often pack PH levels just 2 or 3 levels above batteries. This can lead to acid forming bacteria which can destroy tooth enamel and lead to early decay.

Myth #5. Flossing Can Cause Tooth Gaps

Many people don’t want to floss because they’re afraid of creating tooth gaps. The truth is, given that flossing removes food particles and other items nested between your teeth, flossing actually helps prevent deterioration and gaps.

Typically, people who add flossing to their routine may experience minor bleeding. After some consistency though, this bleeding should subside.

If bleeding does not decrease, it could be a sign of gum disease which you would need to see a dental professional for.

Wrapping Up Dental Hygiene Myths

Above are just a few of the many dental hygiene myths that often keep people from forming an adequate oral health routine. At the end of the day, if you ever have questions as to your activities and their effect on your teeth, talk to a dental professional.

A dental professional will always be able to put into perspective things you may have heard and help guide you to a shining, healthy smile!

If you’re in the Fredericksburg, VA area and are looking for a premiere partner in oral health, look no further than Serene Smiles. At Serene Smiles, we’ve enabled children and adults alike to achieve optimal dental hygiene at affordable prices.

Let us take our expertise and help you!

Contact us today to schedule your first appointment!

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5 Reasons to Consider Getting a Dental Filling

Did you know that adults 20 to 65 have an average of 3 decayed or missing teeth? Unfortunately, people sometimes don’t like going to the dentist, or they don’t have insurance to help cover the costs.

If it’s been a while since you’ve been to the dentist chair, you might be wondering, “Is this a simple cleaning?” Or worse, “Do I need a filling?”

And of course, “WHY do I need a filling?”

Believe it or not, there are several reasons why people need a filling. And it’s not just signs of a cavity.

Here are 5 reasons to consider getting a dental filling.

1) A Cavity

This might be the most common reason for a filling. The good news is that not all cavities need fillings. Sometimes your dentist will want to just “keep an eye” on smaller ones. The dentist will check to see if the cavity repairs itself which saves you from the drill.

Only leave the cavity unfilled if it’s recommended by your dentist. Putting off the dental filling can complicate your oral health and increase your dental bills later on.

2) Cracked Tooth

If you start to feel pain near a certain tooth, it’s a potential crack. Cracks can develop either because you grind your teeth or clench your teeth together.

They can also happen if you bite too hard on something crunchy such as popcorn or hard candy. If the crack is discovered early, the dentist will treat it just like a cavity.

First, they will clean the inside so all the bacteria is removed. Then, they will fill the empty space. Similiar to what happens when you get a filling.

On the other hand, one can also chip a tooth. The dentist uses the same filling for a cracked tooth, but it’s more rebuilding your tooth’s shape.

The dentist might refer to this as “dental bonding.”

3) Loss of Tooth Structure

Losing your tooth structure can interfere with your smile, speech, and chewing. The three main ways to wear down your teeth are abrasion, attrition, and erosion.

Dental abrasion is loss of hard tooth surfaces caused by incorrect brushing habits, using your teeth as a tool (to open bottles, to hold pins or nails, etc.), or when tongue jewelry hits teeth and wears down tooth surfaces.

Dental Attrition is tooth structure loss caused by mastication or grinding of your teeth.

Dental Erosion is tooth loss from chemical substances, like acidic foods and beverages (coffee, sodas, etc.), or from suffers of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and certain eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia.

You can prevent these conditions by avoid soda, trying not to grind your teeth, and don’t use your teeth as tools.

Wearing down your tooth structure can lead to fillings. The more you take care of your teeth, the less chance of a filling.

4) Discoloration

Another reason for a dental filling is to cover up discolored teeth.

Your teeth can become discolored from antibiotics, tobacco use, coffee, tea, soda, etc.

If antibiotics are causing your discoloration, let your doctor know that the antibiotics stain your teeth and find out what other medications you can use to prevent that.

5) Replace an Old Dental Filling

Some people think that a dental filling is permanent so they don’t have to visit the dentist again.

Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.

A dental filling can wear down, crack, and chip with time. Sometimes, they even fall out. No need to panic if it does, just call your dentist and have them refill it so no bacteria gets in.

How We Can Help

At Serene Smiles of Fredericksburg, our staff is ready to help you with all your dental needs.

Whether it’s an emergency visit or performing a dental filling, we can help. So contact us today with any questions/concerns you may have.

We look forward to seeing you!

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