Tips for brushing and flossing to keep teeth whiter longer

Everyone wants a bright, white smile that is engaging and fun, and nothing ruins a smile more than less-than-pristine white teeth. The best way to get teeth as white as possible and obtain that dream smile is laser or power whitening, but there are simple things you can do at home to make and keep your teeth clean and crisp until the next appointment.

The two-step process is simple, and it’s something most people have done since they were children: brushing and flossing. There are certain techniques that help make this daily task even more effective for keeping teeth pretty and white between laser whitening appointments.

The act of brushing your teeth helps remove plaque that builds up during the day, regardless of what you eat or drink. Brush your teeth at least twice a day using a fluoride-enriched whitening toothpaste. Each time you brush, take at least five minutes to thoroughly go over your teeth on the outside and inside surfaces as well as the chewing surfaces. Brush in a circular motion, and be sure to massage the gums with the bristles of your brush as you go. It’s also helpful to brush after lunch or immediately after consuming a food or drink that is known to stain teeth, such as coffee, tea, wine, blueberries and other items.

Flossing is also important, and should be done daily to keep the spaces between the teeth free of food build-up and dark spots. This activity reaches places a toothbrush never will get to and keeps your mouth clean and breath fresh. Use a sawing motion to work the floss between two teeth, and once positioned angle it into a “C” shape around each tooth before sliding it up to the gum and back down.

With these simple tips, you can keep your teeth beautiful and white longer after your next laser whitening appointment. Few things are more gorgeous than a clean, bright smile, and brushing and flossing will help you achieve that goal. Take time every day to perform your dental routine, and your teeth and smile will reap the benefits.

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