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You already know that the most important part of a good dental routine is brushing and flossing every day to remove plaque build up. Plaque is the thick, slightly sticky substance you sometimes feel on your teeth.

You might be interested in the variety of at-home tooth-bleaching products that are available on the market today, but remember that no whitening product replaces twice-daily tooth brushing and daily flossing as a consistent dental care routine.

Stains can adhere to both plaque and tartar buildup. Regular use of dental floss removes plaque, helping to prevent the buildup of plaque, which can lead to tartar – and a dingy, stained smile.

Need another reason to floss? Simply flossing your teeth can make them look brighter by removing plaque and excess food particles that you may not see in the mirror or in areas that your toothbrush doesn’t reach.Think of a carpet before and after you vacuum. You may not really see the dust and dirt, but once you vacuum and the dust and dirt is removed, the carpet looks brighter. The same principle applies to flossing. So while you’re thinking about using a teeth whitening product, try re-committing to daily flossing and twice-daily tooth brushing with a gentle, whitening toothpaste. Many whitening toothpastes have extra chemicals or polishing ingredients to improve their stain-removing properties.

And remember, if you have tooth-colored fillings or tooth-bonding material on your front teeth, bleaching agents won’t affect the color of these materials. Instead, ask your dentist about porcelain veneers or other dental bonding to improve the appearance of your teeth.

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