Keeping Your Teeth Shining after Whitening
You have made the investment to whiten and brighten your smile; naturally, you're proud of it and would like to share it with the world, but what's the best way to protect your investment? How can you keep your teeth sparkling after teeth whitening in Bradenton, FL? Here are some tips for protecting your new smile.
Avoid Certain Foods and Beverages
Knowing which foods and drinks can contribute to discoloring your teeth will help you make good decisions. Some culprits to watch out for are:
- Coffee and tea
- Dark sodas
- Red wine
- Soy sauce
- Berries such as raspberries, blueberries, or blackberries
You don't have to avoid these items completely, but drinking water to rinse the food particles away, and being prepared to brush your teeth shortly after consumption will help limit the staining that occurs. Drinking beverages with a straw can help limit contact with beverages that discolor your teeth.
Avoid Tobacco Products
Smoking or using other tobacco products leaves a yellowish brown stain on your teeth that is hard to remove with brushing alone. If you've made the investment in whitening your smile, it may time to think about quitting tobacco use. Your dentist can help support you in your decision.
Brush and Floss Consistently
Did you know that your own home care routine offers a lot of protection from staining and discoloration? Brushing your teeth at least twice per day for two minutes and flossing at least once can greatly reduce staining and discoloration.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Nothing removes stains from your teeth quite like the professional cleaning that your dental hygienist provides. Be sure to visit your dentist every six months for a cleaning and checkup to maintain your new whiter smile.
For more tips on brightening your teeth, or to schedule your next appointment, give your team at Laser Dentistry a call today.