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Everyone wants a fresh, white and bright smile. If you walk down the aisles of your local drug grocery or box store, there appears to be no end of products that can give you dazzling teeth. There are toothpaste, rinses, gels, strips, and kits, all of which claim that they can leave your teeth looking beautiful. But before you change or add anything to your oral hygiene regimen, you should talk with your dentist. Not every product may be right for you, and not every product may deliver on its promises.

Be that as it may, if you want a whiter smile, your dentist can give you a whitening treatment in the office. This consists of a tray containing a peroxide gel. After holding the tray in your mouth, the gel will be activated by a special light, allowing it to break up the stains on your teeth. You should notice a difference after one treatment. However, whitening treatments will not work on teeth that have been darkened by damage, disease or medication, and the treatments won’t work on veneers, crowns or bonds that have been stained.

Your dentist may give you a kit for so that you can continue your whitening treatments at home. But, keeping up your treatments is only a part of what you need to do. Your personal habits and your diet can also affect the color of your teeth. If you smoke or use tobacco, now would be a great time to quit. Tobacco will leave brown stains and nicotine will turn your teeth yellow. Red wine can darken your smile, but white wine contains more acids than red, can also discolor your teeth, Marinara sauce, curry, balsamic vinegar, berries and coffee, tea and other dark colored foods and drinks can stain your teeth, so bear that in mind when you sit down for a meal or a drink.

Leafy green vegetables can leave a protective film over your teeth and can keep tomato sauce from clinging to them. Crunchy fruits and vegetables will not only scrub your teeth, but their water content will help to wash them. Hard cheeses will also scrub your teeth, and provide calcium to help them stay strong.

If you are interested in whitening your teeth, take some time to visit with our dentist, Dr. James E. Gaff to talk about a chairside treatment. If you would like to make an appointment at Dr. James E. Gaff in Jacksonville, Florida, call 904-641-2655 today. Let’s get started on getting you the smile you want!