When it comes to keeping your teeth white, you may feel limited to measures that you can take at home. In your office or work environment, it may seem much more difficult to protect your enamel from stains and discoloration. However, there are measures that you can take to help maintain the whiteness of your teeth, even when you are at work. Here are a few of them:
Chew Whitening Gum
Gum that boasts whitening properties usually includes slightly abrasive ingredients, such as titanium dioxide. This particular ingredient can help remove dental discoloration by polishing stains from the teeth.
Sodium bicarbonate, which is commonly called baking soda, may also be an additive in whitening gum. Like titanium dioxide, baking soda has mildly abrasive properties that act as polishers.
Sometimes, gum can whiten your teeth using mild acids, such as citric acid or malic acid. The whitening effects are similar to those incurred by the use of strawberries on the teeth as a natural whitener. The acid helps dissolve stains to make them easier to remove.
Even if gum is not advertised as whitening, it tends to reduce dental stains. This is often due to the stickiness of the gum, which helps it mechanically pull stains and discoloration from the teeth. In addition, the increase in saliva that is incited by gum chewing can we help rinse away stains.
In a work environment, it is usually easy to carry and chew gum throughout the day. As an added bonus to the whitening and decay-preventing effects of the gum, your breath is freshened each time you chew a new stick.
Rinse your mouth immediately after eating or drinking highly pigmented substances.
Rinsing your mouth with water immediately after ingesting a substance that is highly pigmented can help dilute stains that would otherwise settle on your tooth enamel. Pigments can be highly concentrated in substances, such as coffee, tea or blackberries. Once these pigments have been absorbed into the teeth and have settled there, it can be difficult to remove the stains. However, by diluting and rinsing stains before they have fully absorbed into the dental pores, much of the dental staining can be avoided.
Even if you are uncomfortable using the tap water at your place of business, you can take along a bottle of water and keep it handy throughout your workday.
To learn more, contact a clinic like All About Smiles Incorporated.