We all want to look good, it’s just plain human nature. And there is nothing that looks better than a winning smile. But even the most beautiful smile can be completely undone by a row of stained teeth that have lost the pearly whiteness they were graced with when they first emerged.

Teeth are like fine china cups, if you take good and proper care of them they will last you a lifetime and you will be the envy of your friends. But if you neglect them by bombarding them with coffee and soda and fail to clean them thoroughly, they become brittle and easily chipped. They lose all their luster and your once fine display becomes an embarrassment and eats away at your confidence.

But, as with those fine china cups, maintenance is fairly simple and once you follow these simple guidelines you’ll be smiling at everyone you meet just to show off that healthy smile.

Don’t Smoke

This is the cardinal rule of oral health. Smoking can stain teeth to such a degree that it can be irreparable. It is also responsible for a myriad of oral health issues such as, increased build up of plaque and tartar on the teeth, bad breath, gum disease, and an Increased risk of developing oral cancer.

Don’t abuse Whitening strips

This is a common mistake made when trying to attain the whiter than white teeth of a Hollywood star. Whitening strips may seem like a good DIY fix for whitening your teeth but overuse of these strips can cause your teeth to become over sensitive and make mealtimes a nightmare, especially if ice cream is on the menu.

Avoid Baking Soda

Don’t use baking soda or toothpastes that contain baking soda as an active ingredient. Baking soda does most certainly help whiten teeth, but it has been revealed that long-term use of baking soda can damage tooth enamel which in turn makes your teeth darker

Use a Straw

Try to use a straw when drinking something that is known to stain teeth. Although drinking coffee through a straw is obviously not something you would do with your piping hot latte, if you use a straw then the majority of the drink will bypass the front teeth resulting in less stains.

Avoid Staining foods

Try to avoid overindulging in food that causes staining such as coffee, tea, dark soft drinks, red wine, dark fruit juices, berries, curry and soy sauce. It would be virtually impossible to remove such tasty food from your diet so the most sensible thing is to brush your teeth after every meal or rinse when brushing is not convenient.

Adopt a Good Routine

Of course the best advice for maintaining a healthy smile is to adopt a daily dental routine and stick to it no matter what. Brushing at least twice and day is common sense but flossing can also really benefit your teeth by removing anything stuck between your teeth that could be eating away at your tooth enamel.

By taking good care of your teeth on a daily basis you not only improve your smile but you also cut down on the chances of cavities and other unwanted oral health problems. But remember, if you want to maintain a healthy smile, a daily dental routine should go hand in hand with regular check ups at your local dentist.