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Take a walk down the dental aisle of any grocery, drug or big box store. You will notice that there is no shortage of kits, strips, gels, pastes and rinses all claiming to give you a brilliant, white smile that will increase your self-esteem, earning power and Facebook likes.

But before you make any substantive changes to your oral hygiene routine, you should spend some time talking about these over-the-counter treatments with our dentist, Dr. Michael Ling. Not all of these products may do what they claim and not all of them may be right for your smile. People have also tried using charcoal, strawberries mixed with baking soda, coconut oil to whiten their teeth. Some people believe that rubbing the inside of a banana peel across your teeth when your brush can give you a sparking grin.

If you are thinking about brightening your smile, you should consider a whitening treatment from Ling Family Dentistry. The treatment you will receive in our office will be safe, effective and affordable and will give you the results you want. In fact, you will notice a positive change in your smile right away!

But the whitening treatment is only part of the process. We can give you a brand-new look for your teeth, but it is up to you to keep them that way. Fortunately, this is not too difficult to do, although there may be some commitments that you need to make. For example, if you smoke, or use any form of tobacco, you may want to celebrate your new smile by kicking the habit. Aside from the health concerns associated with tobacco use, tobacco will stain your teeth brown and nicotine will turn them yellow. If you aren’t ready to quit tobacco, you may quickly undo any work that your whitening treatment did for you.

Obviously, red wine can darken your teeth. But did you know that white wine contains a higher acid content than red and can also leave you with a discolored smile? Coffee and tea can darken your smile as can dark colored juices and soft drinks. If you enjoy those drinks, you may want to use a straw, follow them up with a glass of water, and have them in moderation.

Dark colored foods can easily stain your teeth, such as marinara sauce and curry. Berries make great snacks, and even a nice dessert alternative to sugary foods. But berries can stain your teeth, so follow them up with a nice glass of water or milk. A little cheese may make a nice accent, and can help neutralize the acid in the berries.

If you want a smile that you will be proud to show off, talk to Ling Family Dentistry about teeth whitening in Blaine, Minnesota. Not only can we give you a whitening treatment, but we can give you a cleaning and exam, and offer plenty of options for giving you the smile of your dreams. Call 763-784-1993 today to make your appointment.