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There are plenty of options for whitening your teeth. There are toothpastes, mouthwashes, strips and kits available on the shelves of many stores. However, the safest and most effective way to whiten your teeth is with an in-office treatment available from Dr. Andrew Kang & David Cho at Smile Oxford Valley Dental Associates. Whitening your teeth at the dentist’s office is fairly easy and you will see definitive results after the first treatment. The trick is keeping your teeth white after you leave the office. There are toothpastes and rinses that can help whiten your teeth, and you can also ask your dentist about taking home a kit from the office to keep your smile bright. But there are also things you can do every day to ensure that your teeth remain white.

If you smoke or use tobacco, now is the time to quit. Smoking causes gum disease and cancer, and tobacco will stain your teeth. Nicotine, a chemical in tobacco will turn your teeth yellow.

Red wine can stain your teeth, however, white wine has the ability to do so as well since it has a higher acid content, and acids in foods and drinks are big culprits when it comes to darkening teeth. Dark colored drinks, including coffee and tea can stain your teeth as well.

Pasta sauce, curry, balsamic vinegar and berries all have the potential to darken your smile. However, fruits and vegetables like carrots, celery, and apples can help scrub the stains from your teeth. Hard cheese not only cleans your teeth, but contains calcium which strengthens your tooth enamel. Yogurt is also a good source of calcium. A salad with leafy green vegetables will leave a protective coating on your teeth that can prevent staining. Drinking water is another great way to clean your teeth.

Of course, the best things you can do to keep your teeth white and healthy is to brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, floss before bed, and see your dentist for your regular cleanings and exams. If you are interested in whitening your teeth and you live in the Fairless Hill, Pennsylvania, area, call 215-949-2929 today to make an appointment at Smile Oxford Valley Dental Associates. We look forward to hearing from you soon.