If you’re like most people, you probably really appreciate the effects of a professional teeth whitening treatment. After all, everyone looks and feels better when their smile is white and bright. Naturally, you’re going to want to prolong the whitening effects of your professional treatment for as long as possible, and the following several strategies are designed to help you do that.
Avoid Foods and Beverages That Stain Teeth
Blueberries and blackberries are among the worst culprits when it comes to staining teeth, so avoid or limit these foods as much as you can to maintain your bright smile. Other foods that stain include balsamic vinegar, grapes, tomato sauce, and soy sauce. Coffee, colas, tea, and red wine also stain teeth.
Use a Straw
If you’re like most people, there are certain beverages you just aren’t all that willing to give up — and you don’t have to. If you’re a blueberry or blackberry lover, for instance, you already know that these berries pack a substantial nutritional punch as well as taste absolutely delicious. You can avoid the stains they may leave by blending your favorite berries into a smoothie and drinking them through a straw. You can do the same thing with red wine, cola, and even coffee or tea.
Tobacco use causes serious stains on teeth, so now is the perfect time to finally quit for good. As an added bonus, stopping smoking now will reduce your risk of developing oral cancer at some future point.
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
Good oral hygiene will also help prevent stains from recurring on your teeth. If possible, brush after every meal or snack. If this isn’t practical, make sure to thoroughly rinse your mouth out with water.
Ask Your Dentist to Recommend a Tooth Whitening Toothpaste
Your dentist may recommend an at-home whitening toothpaste in order to prolong the effects of your whitening treatment.
Regular touch-ups, after your whitening procedure has been performed, helps keep your smile bright and white.
Please feel free to call us at your convenience to schedule an appointment to discuss our tooth whitening treatments as well as any of your other dental needs.