Halloween is right around the corner, which has put us in the festive, spooky mood here at 1Dental. Desks are decorated, costumes are being planned, pumpkin spice lattes have been consumed and vampires are calling in to buy a dental plan.
See for yourself:
This got us thinking: Ever wonder how vampires get rid of those stubborn stains on their teeth? No? Well, don’t worry…we’ve thought through it for you! Vampires must have quite the task maintaining those fangs for, well, obvious reasons. While we hope you don’t have any fangs to look after, here are some tips for caring for your pearly whites…no matter how sharp they may be.
Avoid Teeth-Staining Foods
Here are some common foods and drinks that often lead to tooth stains:
- Pasta sauces
- Sports drinks
- Soda and carbonated drinks
- Balsamic vinegar
Consider Teeth Whitening
While it may be disheartening that some of your favorite foods aren’t good for your teeth (fangs?), don’t worry! There are some practical steps you can take to keep on smilin’ big:
- Professional Teeth Whitening
At 20% off with our Careington Care 500 plan, professional teeth whitening is super affordable. Learn more about our dental plan and how it works on our website.
- DIY Teeth Whitening
With some grocery staples, you can reduce stains without even leaving the house! For example, mix together one crushed strawberry with 1 tsp of baking soda until it forms a paste. Apply to your teeth, leave on for about 10 minutes, then rinse. Super simple and an inexpensive option.
If you’re interested in learning more about whitening, whether professional or at home, here’s a full whitening guide brought to you by 1Dental.
Take Care of Your Teeth at Home
- Brush Twice a Day
Aim to brush for about two minutes each time. If you want to be extra thorough, buy a toothbrush with a tongue scraper to get rid of bacteria build-up. To help keep track of how long you’ve been brushing or if you need to entertain your kids while they’re brushing, there are a lot of mobile apps you can download on your smartphone!
- Floss Daily
Something about flossing just seems like such a chore, but taking several minutes out of your day is well worth it! Bacteria can easily develop between your teeth in spaces out of reach for even the highest-tech toothbrush. When cavities develop in betweeen teeth, it can actually be more expensive and more time-consuming to get them filled. There are other options than standard floss like floss picks, pre-threaded floss or water flossers (now that sounds fun!).
- Rinse with Mouthwash
Plaque provides an easy surface for stains to form, but using mouthwash can help fight plaque and make the job that much tougher for stains! Confused about all the kinds of mouthwash on the market? We’ve simplified it for you!
Other Helpful Tips
- Drink through a Straw
While this won’t necessarily prevent stains, it can help reduce them since it keeps liquid from coming into contact with the surface of your teeth.
- Change Your Diet
Did you know that the health of your teeth is impacted by the food you eat? While flossing daily and brushing your teeth are an important part of your routine, your diet also plays a significant role in your oral health.
- Schedule a Dentist Appointment
At the end of the day, nothing can replace visiting your dentist for regular checkups. These routine visits can help prevent more serious dental issues down the road, like gum disease and tooth decay. It’s worth taking an hour out of your day every 6 months to save you time, money and pain long-term!
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There are a lot of different factors when it comes to caring for your teeth, molars, canines and yes, even sharp, pointy fangs! Spooky season or not, it’s always a good idea to keep up with your dental care; and you don’t have to break the bank to do it.