So how do you keep your teeth shiny and healthy? Start by doing the things we recommend for maintaining oral health: brush at least twice daily and make your regular visits to the dentist. Brushing keeps your teeth free of plaque, and at your dental checkups, we will polish your teeth smooth.
But you should also avoid abrasive toothpastes. Unfortunately, most toothpastes don’t advertise their abrasiveness, but we can recommend some that are easy on your teeth. Abrasive toothpastes create scratches in your enamel, which can make it less shiny and more vulnerable.
You can brush more than twice a day to keep your teeth shiny, but if you’re going to, brush without toothpaste.
Reduce your consumption of acidic foods and beverages. Enamel is strong, but it’s weak against acidic attack. Every time you drink acidic beverages like wine, soda, or fruit juice, it can create small pits in your enamel.
Finally, if you’re unhappy with the shine of your natural teeth, you might consider restorations like veneers, which are not only smooth and shiny, they are resistant to acidic attack and staining, so they stay bright and beautiful for a decade or more.
Why You Shouldn’t Try to Polish Teeth at Home
If shiny teeth are good, then you might think it’s also a good idea to polish your teeth. After all, we do it in our office, so why shouldn’t you do it at home? There are two good reasons why not.
First, the quality tools we have in our office is likely better than what you’d be using at home. We have quality tools that get the best, smooth polishing with the least damage to your teeth. Plus, we have professional training and a lot of practice in using these tools, so we know how to do it right.
Second, too much polishing isn’t good for your teeth. Polishing does remove enamel from your teeth, and while it’s a good thing to do every once in awhile (like twice a year), doing it too often will damage your teeth. If your teeth aren’t staying shiny enough between appointments, check the section above and see what you might do to extend the shine.
Are You Looking for a Healthy, Beautiful Smile in Tulsa?
Are you unhappy with the appearance of your teeth and want a perfect smile in Tulsa that stays healthy and beautiful for life? Please call (918) 528-3330 today for an appointment with the Tulsa dentist Dr. Meghan Hodges at élan.