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Brighten Your Smile in 2023 (& Protect Your Enamel!)

Did you know that you can achieve the ultimate white smile without sacrificing the health of your teeth? Head into 2023, prioritizing the brightness and health of your smile. There are plenty of ways to strengthen your enamel, prevent sensitivity, and still have pearly whites. Learn about how to whiten your teeth with the help of Daniel W. Fridh, DDS

We look forward to helping you gain confidence in your smile.


What is Enamel?

Enamel is a type of tooth mineral that makes up the outer layer of your teeth. It’s what gives your teeth their hard, white appearance. Since enamel is a living tissue, it needs to be cared for just like any other part of your body. If you don’t take care of it properly, it can become damaged and not function as well as it should. When this happens, your teeth are more prone to cavities and decay and become susceptible to cracks or chips that can lead to pain and infection.


5 Teeth Whitening Tips

With a Focus on Enamel Strengthening & Protection!


1. Avoid Sugary & Acidic Food & Drink

Yes, that includes coffee! Sugary and acidic foods and beverages can weaken your enamel and yellow your smile. Awareness of ingredients that can damage enamel is essential to keeping a bright and healthy smile. Consuming sweets, sugary sodas, and acidic coffee weaken your enamel, making you more prone to cavities and yellow teeth. Preventative care is always much more manageable than reactive care when it comes to your oral health.

If you want to indulge, we recommend using a straw with drinks! When you use a straw, less liquid comes into contact with your teeth, and less contact means less sugar or acid is left hanging around your mouth, meaning a healthier and brighter smile!


2. Upgrade Your Toothbrush

While it may seem like the best way to keep your teeth bright is to brush them hard with a stiffer brush, the opposite actually works. Dr. Fridh recommends using a soft-bristled toothbrush at a 45-degree angle brushing in a circular motion, with an aim at the gum line. A soft-bristled toothbrush is gentle on teeth and gums while removing bacteria and plaque. If your budget allows, consider an electronic soft-bristled toothbrush to massage your gums and gently remove plaque and bacteria.


3. Try a Mouthwash

Consider switching to a mouthwash with fluoride. Fluoride is a mineral that strengthens enamel and reduces tooth decay and cavities. While fluoride doesn’t have outright whitening properties, strengthening your enamel will help teeth appear whiter. Plenty of rinses have both whitening and fluoride properties, getting you the best of both worlds! 


4. Ask Your Dentist About Whitening Treatments

Who better to trust with your oral health than your dentist? The office of Dr. Fridh wants to educate our patients so they can use the best practices when it comes to their oral health. Your dentist recommends the best toothbrushes, kinds of toothpaste, treatments, and mouthwashes to improve your smile aesthetically and healthily.


5. Consider In-Office Whitening Treatments

While a dazzling white smile can brighten your self-confidence, you must protect your enamel. The best way to achieve pearly whites while also protecting your oral health is through in-office whitening treatments. Dr. Fridh and his team offer top-quality whitening treatments with advanced technology.


There Are So Many Ways to Make Your Smile White Without Risking Your Teeth Health

The quest to perfect pearly whites doesn’t always have to come at the expense of your oral health. There are plenty of ways to whiten your smile this year while strengthening your enamel. Whether you avoid sugary foods, try a new toothbrushing technique, or get in-office whitening treatments, Daniel W. Fridh, DDS, looks forward to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams.