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As the old saying goes, “you never get a second chance to make a first impression.” One of the ways that we make an impression, whether we like it or not, is our smile. Our smile is one of the first things people notice about us. A dazzling white smile doesn’t just make a good impression on others, it is a boost for our own confidence and self-esteem.

If the time has come to brighten your smile, you should have a conversation with our dentist, Dr. David Wilhelm. Talking with your dentist is the smart thing to do whenever you want add to, or change something with your oral hygiene regimen. There are plenty of products out there that claim to give you whiter teeth, but they may not all do what they advertise, and not all of them may be suitable for you. However, the whitening treatment that is offered at Newport Dental Arts OC in Newport Beach, California, is guaranteed to be effective and safe.

But once you have that new look for your teeth, how are you going to keep it? One of the best ways is to continue to brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, and floss once a day. If you want to brush with a toothpaste that has a whitening agent, talk to your dentist to see which brand will be best for you. If you use tobacco, it is time to give it up Tobacco will stain your teeth brown and nicotine will turn them yellow. Red wine can stain your teeth, but the high acid content in white wine can also discolor them. Tomato sauce is a deep red color and tomatoes also contain acids that can affect the color of your teeth. Coffee, tea and other dark-colored drinks and foods can darken your smile.

On the other hand, drinking plenty of water can help keep your teeth clean. Hard cheese scrubs your teeth and has calcium to help keep them strong. If you are enjoying marinara sauce, eat a leafy green salad beforehand. Those vegetables will leave a protective film over your teeth. Crunchy fruits and vegetables not only scour your teeth, but many have a high water content and will stimulate the production of saliva, which is needed for a healthy mouth and teeth.

If the time has come to brighten your grin, we’ll be happy to see you. If you would like to make an appointment to whiten your teeth or to address another dental need, call 949-752-1210 today.