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How To Keep Your Smile White

Cosmetic Dentist Lexington KYMany patients will notice that their teeth become yellow and dull as they age. This is a common dental concern, caused by many popular foods and beverages containing strong staining agents that attach to your dental structures and leave behind stains. To help patients suffering from dental discoloration, Dr. Doyle Freano, your local dentist in Lexington, KY, offers professional teeth whitening services. Many patients often ask us how they can keep their smiles bright for many years to come. Here are our best tips for maintaining your whitest smile:

Use Straws

If you frequently drink coffee, tea, soda, or red wine, your smile is more susceptible to staining. This is because these beverages coat your dental structures each time you drink them and leave behind staining agents. If these staining agents are allowed to sit and harden against your dental structures, this is a fast way to experience dental discoloration. Using straws when indulging in a beverage that could potentially stain your teeth is a great way to maintain the brightness of your smile. The straw prevents the liquid from hitting your dental structures, reducing your risk of stains and discoloration.

Brush & Floss

Oral hygiene is a big part of maintaining the best version of your smile. Brushing and flossing at least twice a day will help reduce the amount of staining agents and bacteria left behind on your dental structures after meals. It’s important to know that many common foods cause similar effects as drinking wine, soda, tea, or coffee on your smile. Foods like tomato-based sauced, fruit preserves, or artificially colored candies can leave behind stains on your teeth. If you know you are eating something that is more likely to cause dental discoloration, we recommend following it up with a thorough brushing and flossing session. If it is the middle of the day, and brushing and flossing are not convenient at the time, you can instead rinse your mouth out with water or chew sugar-free gum to reduce the amount of residue left behind on your teeth.

Consider Professional Teeth Whitening

Many patients notice a big difference in their oral hygiene and dental health after receiving professional teeth whitening treatments. When their smiles are once again white and bright, patients may find that they are more motivated to maintain a smile that is worthy of showing off. Our Lexington, KY dentist office offers in-office and take-home teeth whitening treatments. Unlike over-the-counter alternatives, our teeth whitening treatments are tailored to you and your smile, ensuring that you get the results you desire in a timely manner.

Schedule An Appointment

If you are interested in learning more about our teeth whitening services or would like more information on how to maintain your whitest and brightest smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. Doyle Freano. Dr. Freano will recommend a professional cleaning (if it has been over 6 months since your last visit) before administering a teeth whitening treatment, ensuring your smile makeover is both healthy and beautiful.