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Here at Melissa Maus & Associates in San Francisco, California, our dentist, Dr. Melissa Maus is proud to offer teeth whitening as one of our services for our patients. To find out more about our procedure, talk with the dentist the next time you are in our office. While we offer safe and effective whitening treatments, did you know that there things that you can do to keep your teeth white and bright?

First, watch what you put in your mouth. Coffee, tea and red wine can easily stain your tooth enamel. If you smoke, or chew tobacco, the tar in your cigarette will stain your teeth, and nicotine turns yellow when it is exposed to oxygen. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day will help remove stains, plaque and tartar. Toothpastes are available that can whiten your teeth. It is a good idea however, to talk with the dentist about any changes you want to make to your dental hygiene regimen. Flossing your teeth before bed can remove the plaque, tartar and food particles missed by your toothbrush.

Second, as mom always said, eat your vegetables. And your fruit, But when you are selecting your menu, look for foods that pack a crunch. Celery, carrots and apples can help scrub your teeth clean. And add some cheese to your meal. Dairy products like cheese and yogurt contain calcium that keep your teeth strong. What’s more, hard cheese can do the same cleaning job for your teeth as the fruits and vegetables.

If you are interested in whitening your teeth, or if it is time for your regular cleaning and examination, call us at 415-781-0819 to make an appointment. We look forward to helping you enhance your smile.