February 27, 2018 · Dentistry · (No comments)

Submitted by: Nicholas Papageorgiou

A good-looking smile can be one of your strongest assets. With the latest dental services, and a few oral care guidelines, an attractive smile can be yours.

A variety of advanced professional whitening treatments and other dental services can be done quickly or over time to improve the smiles attractiveness. Special care to avoid behaviors that are notorious for staining teeth can make a big difference in your smile too. Follow these dentist recommended suggestions for a brighter, whiter smile.

Tips and Techniques for Whiter Teeth

Reduce the Causes of Tooth Discoloration

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Smoking, soda, coffee, sports drinks and wine are the biggest stainers when it comes to your teeth. Foods that frequently stain teeth include berries, beets, tomato sauce, balsamic vinegar and soy sauce. Use a straw to limit your beverages contact with your teeth, your front teeth in particular. Swallow quickly when drinking teeth-staining beverages and foods, rather than savoring them in your mouth. This will limit the amount of time it lingers on your teeth. Drink water while consuming staining foods and beverages to gently rinse teeth and limit stains. Add fibrous foods to your diet that require a lot of chewing. Foods like apples, carrots and celery gently scrub the surface of teeth, acting as natural stain removers.

Professional Dental Procedures for a Beautiful Smile

There are many options available at your local dentists office for a more beautiful smile. Professional tooth whitening services are safe and ideal for most patients. Whitening can be done with very fast results in the dentist office, or gradually at home with a whitening kits prepared by your dentist. Following all professional teeth whitening procedures, be sure to avoid eating foods and drinking fluids that could stain teeth afterwards, since teeth are often more susceptible to staining immediately following whitening procedures.

Another in-office procedure available to patients looking to perfect their smile are Lumineers by Cerinate. Lumineers are porcelain veneers that offers patients both a permanently white and a perfectly aligned smile. If your teeth are both discolored and have gaps or are misaligned, ask your dentist if Lumineers are an option to enhance your smile.

Dental Check-ups and Cleanings

Dentists recommend getting regular dental check-ups and teeth cleaning at least every six months to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Dental cleanings remove unsightly plaque and tartar from accumulating on the teeth. Regular fluoride treatments will help remineralize teeth, making them stronger and less vulnerable to decay and sensitivity after a tooth whitening procedure.

At-Home Dental Care

To maintain a whiter smile brush your teeth with whitening toothpaste. A whitening toothpaste with baking soda will help clean surface stains. Floss teeth daily to reduce unsightly plaque buildup. After flossing use a whitening fluoride mouthrinse.

If youre curious about effective whitening treatments, Sterling Dental Care has several options wed be happy to discuss with you. Remember: the most important thing you can do for whiter teeth is to maintain a regular schedule of cleanings to keep plaque at bay. Call us at 703-433-9516 or visit www.SterlingDentalCareVA.com to book an appointment.

About the Author: Dr. Nicholas Papageorgiou is a 1999 graduate of the Medical College of Virginia has been in dental practice for more than 14 years. He continually educates himself and his staff on the newest dental techniques and approaches. Dr. Papageorgiou is a dedicated member of the American Dental Association, the Northern Virginia Dental Association, the Virginia Dental Association and the Delta Sigma Delta dental fraternity. Visit


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