3 Steps to Whiten Your Teeth Before Summer

There isn't anything that goes better with a tan than sparkling white teeth. We all get caught up in toning our tummies or smoothing our feet when we prepare for summer but it's important to not neglect our dental health. It's hard not to smile during this deliciously wonderful season, so make sure your teeth are in tip top shape to brave the world with your beautiful smile.

3 Steps to Whiten Your Teeth Before Summer
Start a White Teeth "Diet"
Don't worry. Nobody's telling you to go low carb or gluten free to whiten your pearly whites for summer. There are certain foods, however, that can prevent your teeth from reaching their full, snowy white potential. Coffee and tea are clearly big culprits of yellowed or darkened teeth. If you want to prevent further staining to your teeth, it's probably best to avoid Starbucks for the summer. Red wine is also another factor. Swap out your coffees and teas with flavored waters infused with fresh fruits like lime, strawberries, and melons. Instead of red wine, go for a refreshing white whine or pink moscato. If you can't bear to give up coffee or red wine, make sure to brush your teeth immediately after drinking. For a quick teeth cleaning? Eat an apple!

Take Good Care of Your Teeth
Summer is known for its damage to hair and skin and while the hot weather doesn't damage our teeth, we can forget to put oral health first. Change your toothbrush or the head of your toothbrush every three to four months, otherwise you're just putting bacteria back into your mouth. Gargle with apple cider vinegar before brushing to remove stains and whiten your teeth.

Visit Your Dentist
There's only so much you can do at home to whiten your teeth. If natural or over the counter remedies just aren't doing the trick, see a dentist like those at Woodcreek Dental Care for a more thorough solution. If you need orthodontic work or other cosmetic work done, don't feel embarrassed. More than a third of orthodontic patients are adults. In office teeth whitening at your dentist is a safe option because while it whitens your teeth, your gums and the rest of your mouth aren't damaged in any way. It can also transform your teeth in just one office visit!

When you're smiling for summer vacation photos or as you take in the rolling sounds of the ocean, don't feel self-conscious about your pretty smile. A few steps can keep your teeth from discoloring and keep them white all year long.

(Contributed by Kandace Heller)

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