How To Get And Maintain White Teeth When You Use Inhalers

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Inhalers can be life-saving tools for a variety of conditions, but they do come with some downsides. If you've begrudgingly noticed that your teeth have changed colors during the time that you've been using an inhaler, you're not alone. Tooth discoloration due to inhalers is quite common. If you want your white teeth back and don't want them to go away as quickly again, here's what you can do about it.

Start With a Professional

The very first thing you should do is plan on getting your teeth whitened by a professional. While there are plenty of tools out there that you can use to whiten your teeth at home, there's a couple of problems with the idea.

First of all, whitening at home is often ineffective depending on the types of products that you're using. A simple whitening toothpaste or strip may not get you to the shade that you want.

Secondly, inhalers can damage your tooth enamel. With weakened tooth enamel, these otherwise safe tooth whitening kits can actually harm your teeth and cause you to need dental help from a professional anyway.

Visiting a pro will ensure that you get the results you want down to the exact shade of white that you want. You'll get your smile back quickly and be ready for the rest of these steps.

Apply These Steps to Using Your Inhaler

Once your teeth are whitened, you'll need to do a little work at home when you're using your inhaler. Unless otherwise directed by your doctor, try these tips.

First of all, always rinse your mouth out after you use your inhaler. It's preferable to spit the water out than to swallow it. This will help to loosen and remove excess medication that's gotten stuck to your teeth that could stain them.

Secondly, use a dry mouth mouthwash if you have dry mouth from using your inhaler. Your dentist can provide you with one. This will help you to produce more saliva and reduce the risk of developing stained teeth from bacteria growing out of control.

Get Regular Retreatments

Lastly, make sure that you plan on seeing your dentist for regular whitening tune-ups. Your dentist can recommend how often you should come in based on the condition your teeth are in when you go for your whitening.

By staying on top of it, you can ensure that your teeth stay looking nice and that your treatments take less time. Until you're done with inhaler therapy, it may be necessary to repeat this step. However, you can prolong the time between visits by taking good care of your teeth and following the after-inhaler tips.

You don't have to have stained teeth just to use an inhaler. Work with your dentist and get the smile that you want - and maintain it - just like you used to before inhaler therapy.

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