Five Simple Tips to Keep Your Teeth White in the New Year

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Five Simple Tips to Keep Your Teeth White in the New Year

New Year, New Resolution

We’re guessing your new resolution didn’t exactly include your teeth.. right? That’s okay, maybe your teeth can be next on your new year new you list! Incorporate crunchy veggies and fruit into your diet to increase saliva production and eliminate bacteria buildup! Add healthier foods to keep both your bones and enamel strong! Did you know that strong teeth are more stain resistant and hold up better over time? They do! Try adding in these healthier snack options: apples, kale, nuts, cheeses and milk!

Breakup with the Brush

If you’ve been changing your toothbrush out every 3-4 months then you’re already on track for a brighter smile! If not, start in the new year for brighter whiter smile! If you notice that your bristles are frayed before 3-4 months replace your brush sooner to maximize your brush technique. As tru as it is unfortunate, your toothbrush can play host to germs from illness but also bacteria from when you’re in perfect health! Changing your brush prevents brushing with germs and bacteria that leave your teeth looking discolored and dull.

Rinse with Water After Eating

The old adage.. rinse with water after you eat! We know you’ve heard it before, but really.. it works! Have you found yourself snacking on a few sweet treats over the holiday? Don’t worry, it’s okay to treat yourself every now and then! Just remember to treat your teeth too by rinsing after you eat helping dislodge any material from your teeth which will keep those pearly whites just that, white!

Avoid Stain-Causing Foods and Beverages

Had your coffee, side or wine started to catch up to you? Or better yet your teeth? Have you noticed discoloration and staining? You can have your favorites and make your teeth a priority too! If you can, limit your intake on drinks and foods that are the main offenders to your teeth. If you can’t step away from your favorites limit the contact of stain causing residue by using a straw. If you are a smoker or chew tobacco make a resolution to your health and to your teeth for a better you in the new year!

Practice Good Oral Hygiene

As if you haven’t heard this a time or too… but, it’s true! The key to a good oral hygiene routine is brushing twice daily Brushing your teeth targets pesky plaque and helps prevent stains before they start. Have you failed to floss? No worries, pick that habit up again in the new year to help remove food between your teeth and prevent cavities. Did you know that your tongue can hold unwanted bacteria? That’s why we recommend brushing your tongue back to front with your teeth!

Visit Your Dentist

Don’t be scared to visit the dentist There’s nothing to be scared of, we don’t judge! We accept you as you are and don’t expect perfect oral health in every mouth we treat. Remember to visit your dentist every six months for your routine cleaning! That’s the easiest way to keep your teeth healthy and clean! The best part? Insurance usually covers your dental visit!

Thanks for taking the time to learn! Invest in yourself and make habits that will benefit you and your loved ones for not only this year but years to come. If you have questions, or would like to set up an appointment, don’t hesitate to call us at (206) 203-9385 or reach us online!

Jeff Knudson, DDS

Jeff Knudson, DDS

As a Seattle area native, I could not be more thrilled and honored to serve my hometown. Dentistry is a true passion in my life and I am committed to providing the best dental care in all of Seattle. I have often been told that I could “talk teeth all day” – and it’s true!