Dr. Ben Lambeth, DDS & Dr. Megumi Lambeth, DDS

310 East Main St., Suite 335 | Carrboro, NC 27510

Important information regarding COVID-19

Five Ways You Can Keep Your Teeth White

girl brushing her teeth to keep them white

Everyone wants a beautiful white smile, but how do you keep yours? Good oral hygiene like regular brushing and flossing is necessary, of course, but there are other ways you can keep your teeth white, too. Here are five:

1. Replace Your Toothbrush Every Three Months

Your toothbrush wears out and frays as you use it, and becomes significantly less effective. If you keep brushing with one that’s too old, you aren’t doing as thorough of a cleaning job on your teeth as you should. In general, you should change your brush every three months or so. You’ll be able to tell by how it looks if it’s past its prime.

2. Rinse Your Mouth After Eating Citrus

Citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruit, lemons, and limes are delicious and used a lot in both savory and sweet dishes, but they are very acidic. This isn’t good for your teeth because acid wears down enamel. Underneath that layer of enamel is dentin, which has a yellowish color. Lost or thin enamel also makes you more vulnerable to tooth decay, so it’s important for both appearance and overall health. You don’t have to stop eating citrus, though. Instead, rinse your mouth with water after enjoying these fruits, so the acid doesn’t stay in your mouth.

3. Avoid Stain-Causing Drinks

Certain drinks stain more than others. You probably know that coffee and red wine stain, but did you know that tea and energy drinks stain, too? Energy drinks have lots of acid, so they’re similar to citrus fruits in that they wear down your enamel. If you want really white teeth, avoid these types of drinks, or at least drink them with a straw.

4. Brush Your Tongue

Your tongue needs to be brushed just like your teeth. It’s a hotspot for bacteria, which can transfer very easily from your tongue to your teeth and gums. That bacteria leads to plaque, which turns into tartar, which becomes dark with food stains. There are lots of other benefits to tongue-brushing, like fresher breath, so make it a part of your oral hygiene routine. You don’t need any special tools or anything, just use your toothbrush.

5. Eat Raw Fruit & Veggies

Fruits and vegetables have so many health benefits, but their effect on teeth is often overlooked. Raw, crisp fruits and vegetables can actually help clean off sticky plaque. Fresh produce also has lots of nutrients known to protect gums and fortify the body against infections, like Vitamin C, folic acid, and more.

Want to Get Your Teeth Professionally Whitened?

If your teeth aren’t as white as you would like them to be, here at Milltown Family Dentistry, we offer whitening services that are more effective than what you could buy at the store. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Ben Lambeth or Dr. Megumi Lambeth to find out more! Once nice and white, follow the above five strategies to keep your teeth looking good.

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To Our Valued Patients:
We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and we are looking forward to seeing you all again soon. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it's both safe and comfortable.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to ensure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agency's recommendations.

We are excited to fully OPEN for patient care again on May 20th. There will be several modifications to our protocol as we transition. You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and team. For example:

  1. You will be screened beforehand (via telephone) and again when you arrive for your appointment. If you have missed an appointment during the recent closure, we will be reaching out to you to reschedule. Please be patient as it may take time to address the current backlog.
  2. We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  3. Our waiting area has been modified to eliminate unnecessary items at risk for cross-contamination, such as magazines and our beverage station. An air purifier has also been installed, as well as in every operatory.
  4. Since appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients, you may be offered fewer options for appointments.
  5. We plan to allow more time between appointments to reduce traffic. Please check-in from your car via phone and wait in your car until you are called, at which point you will be taken directly to your treatment room. We also ask that adults consider coming to appointments alone. For children, we ask that only one adult come with them to their appointment.
  6. We have worked diligently to abide by all current and updated PPE (personal protective equipment) standards per the recommendations of the ADA, CDC, and OSHA. You may recognize these changes during interactions with staff.
  7. In keeping with these recommendations, all patients and family members are asked to wear a mask/face covering to all office visits. Unfortunately, we do not have the extra PPE to supply our patients, so please bring your own.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call 919-590-5450 or visit our contact page. Thank you for your cooperation!

Dr. Ben and Megumi Lambeth