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Your teeth are often the first thing that people notice when they meet you. Everyone wants a healthy, white smile, and there are plenty gels, kits and strips available in drug and grocery stores, and all of them claim to give your whiter, brighter smile. There are also toothpastes and mouthwashes that have ingredients that have whitening agents. Before you add anything to your dental regimen, you should talk with your dentist first, since he knows your mouth and teeth better than anyone. Your dentist can also give you an in-office whitening treatment that is both safe and effective. You will notice a difference after the first treatment, and your dentist can give you a kit to take home to make sure your smile continues to look its best. But aside from the treatments, there are other things that you should do to keep your teeth looking great.

If you smoke or use tobacco, now would be a good time to think about quitting. Tobacco will stain your teeth brown, and the nicotine will turn them yellow. Coffee, tea, and dark colored soft drinks can darken your smile. Red wine can stain your teeth, but white wine has a high acid content, and can also stain your teeth. Tomatoes are not just red in color, but they are also high in acids, which means that pasta sauce can stain your teeth. Balsamic vinegar will cling to your teeth and darken them. Berries make a great dessert and a wonderful snack, but their dark color will tone down the shine on your teeth. You may want to consider cutting back or avoiding drinks that can darken your teeth, or you may want to follow them with glass of water.

When it comes to marinara sauce you should eat a salad with long leafy green vegetables beforehand, since they will leave a protective film over your teeth. Have a glass of milk or water with your berries. Hard cheese will provide your teeth with calcium and its texture will help remove the stains from your teeth. Crunchy fruits and vegetables will also help clean your teeth, and their high water content will help keep your mouth hydrated.

Of course, one of the best things that you can do to maintain your white smile is brush twice a day, floss once a day, and see your dentist for your routine appointments. If you are thinking about having your teeth whitened or are just looking for family dentist, Dr. Timothy R. Lund at River Rock Dental Group would be happy to see you. If you live in the Belgrade. Montana area and would like to make an appointment at River Rock Dental Group you should call 406-388-0033 today.