A clean, healthy smile can brighten anyone's day. Keeping up with routine dental care at home and with professional help ensures your teeth will always be ready for a quick grin, whether it's in person or in photos. Below are a few tips that will keep your smile the shade you've always wanted it to be.

A Quick Guide to Enjoying a Bright Smile

1. Schedule Biannual Teeth Cleanings

Have your teeth professionally cleaned every six months in addition to daily flossing and twice-daily brushing. Your dentist will find and fill any cavities and check for the early stages of gingivitis. 

Home dental care removes bacteria, food debris, and plaque that contribute to discolored teeth, while professional cleanings include polishing to eliminate surface stains. You might also want to use a teeth whitening toothpaste and mouthwash recommended by a dentist to keep your smile bright. 

2. Know Which Foods & Beverages Cause Tooth Stains

Learn which foods and drinks contribute to tooth stains, such as candy that discolors teeth via assorted dyes or tea that creates discoloration due to tannin content. Sip water while drinking or eating anything that can cause stains to flush your mouth, and focus on foods that naturally clean your teeth whenever you can. 

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Apples, celery, and carrots are among the foods that scrape bacteria and plaque from teeth to help your smile and overall dental health. 

3. Abstain From Tobacco

Avoid smoking cigarettes or using any other tobacco products, including dip and chewing tobacco, since they cause brownish stains to appear on teeth. Tobacco also contributes to bad breath, increases the risk of gum disease and oral cancer, and dulls taste buds, so food doesn't taste as flavorful. 

4. Request Professional Teeth Whitening Services 

Schedule teeth whitening services from a dentist to remove stains and enjoy teeth up to 10 shades brighter. Professional whitening treatments reduce, if not eliminate, gum sensitivity because the dentist creates customized trays that fit your mouth and feature a stronger bleaching agent than typical home kits. Go to any follow-up treatments the dentist recommends for a beautiful smile. 


Rely on David A. Dauphin, DMD for professional teeth whitening and cleaning services that help you smile with extra confidence. The dental office provides Houston County, AL, with family and cosmetic dentistry services, which include custom whitening trays. Call (334) 794-3727 today to make an appointment or learn more about dental care services online.