Stains on teeth can make anyone insecure, even if we go to great lengths to try and avoid them. Staining our teeth is inevitable no matter how well we take care of them. That’s why bleaching is such a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure, says Dr. Sid Solomon. But, if you don’t want to undergo this process there are several things you can do at home to improve the whiteness of your teeth and prevent staining.

Brush Well

Brush frequently too! Brush after every meal and every drink if you want the best results. Stay away from cigarettes, wine and soda. Even if you brush immediately after consuming, they do no favors for the brightness of your smile.

Baking Soda

If you can incorporate baking soda into your brushing, it will help restore some of the polish from stains removed. Plus, hydrogen peroxide helps keep the mouth free from bacteria so go ahead and create a high school volcano in your mouth.

Drink Lots of Water

Water helps us rinse away a lot of acidic foods we eat that reduce our tooth enamel. Stains accumulate easily when there is no enamel in place to protect them from the foods and drinks we consume. Water isn’t miracle juice, but it’s important to stay hydrated. Don’t forget, well hydrated people produce lots of saliva that enhances the enamel’s barrier and defensive power.