A Bright Smile Is a Habit

woman with bright beautiful smileTeeth whitening might be the most popular cosmetic dental procedure, but did you know that with good hygiene and healthy eating habits, you can keep your smile bright without the need for teeth whitening treatment? The bad thing about teeth stains is that, unlike cavities or consistently bad breath, they can’t always be prevented. If you’re careful about keeping your smile clean and healthy, however, teeth stains can largely be delayed to preserve your teeth’s pearly-white hue for longer.

Whiter Teeth, the Easy Way

Teeth stains can develop for a number of reasons, from darkly-colored foods and beverages to excessive deposits of bacteria-filled dental plaque. By brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once, you can keep bacteria and plaque at bay, reducing the acids and toxins they produce that contribute to teeth staining. Other tips to help defeat teeth stains can include;

  • Drinking water after every meal
  • Refraining from sodas, fruit juices, wine, and other acidic beverages
  • Using fluoride toothpaste (with the ADA Seal of Acceptance on its packaging)
  • Visiting your dentist at least once every six months for a dental checkup and cleaning

In Case You Need a Helping Hand

Even with the best intentions and hygiene practices, your teeth can still develop stains, become dull, or change color, and may require a cosmetic enhancement to restore their brilliant shine. With a professional, custom-designed teeth whitening treatment, Dr. Hussong can help erase most teeth stains to brighten your smile up to 10 shades. For more stubborn stains, he may recommend a more involved solution, such as dental bonding or porcelain veneers.


Dr. Ryan Hussong is a dedicated restorative, family, and cosmetic dentist who is passionate about helping patients create and maintain beautiful, healthy smiles. Whether your smile is in the grips of a dental disease, or you simply want to learn more about protecting your family’s smiles, Dr. Hussong has the experience to help you protect, preserve, and restore your oral health. To schedule a consultation with us, call the Cornerstone Dental office today at (515) 984-6001.