Ways to Keep a Bright Smile After Whitening
A bright, professionally whitened smile can make you stand out, increase your confidence, and draw people to you. So the last thing that you want to do after a professional whitening is dull your teeth. Here’s what you should know about ways to keep a bridge smile bright after whitening. To learn more, reach out to our team at Distinctive Dental Solutions today—
Avoid the Wrong Beverages
Many beverages can cause stains on teeth. If you can’t give up the following beverages, try to use a straw when drinking, which reduces the chances of the beverage coming in direct contact with your teeth. Common beverages that cause stains on teeth include:
- Red wine
- Fruit juices
Note that energy drinks aren’t likely to stain your teeth, but they do contain a lot of sugar and are highly acidic, which can lead to tooth and enamel damage—it’s best to avoid energy drinks for these reasons, too.
Be Aware of Staining Foods
Just like beverages, some foods can cause stains on teeth, too. While you shouldn’t necessarily eliminate the following foods from your diet—many of the foods listed have nutrients that are important for good overall health—it can be valuable to rinse and brush after consuming.
- Colorful spices, such as turmeric
- Dark-colored sauces, such as balsamic vinegar
- Red meat
- Dark-pigmented berries, such as blueberries
- Colorful vegetables, like carrots
- Dark chocolate
- Candies that have coloring, such as M&Ms or Skittles
Avoiding sugary foods is always a good idea for your oral health and your overall health. The other foods listed above, though, can have many health benefits.
Avoiding tobacco is recommended for numerous reasons. Tobacco not only stains teeth, but can cause numerous health complications, including mouth and other cancers. Eliminating tobacco is something that will improve your health and wellbeing overall and should be a top priority if you are a tobacco user.
Maintain Good Dental Hygiene
Maintaining good dental hygiene will help keep your whites bright and will also help to prevent cavities, bad breath, and tooth decay. Good dental hygiene practices include brushing after eating, flossing at least once per day (before bed), rinsing your mouth after eating staining or highly acidic or sugary foods, and scheduling regular cleanings and check-ups with your dentist.
Call Distinctive Dental Solutions Today
To learn more about professional teeth whitening or to schedule a dental cleaning, call Distinctive Dental Solutions today. Our office is accepting new patients and looks forward to seeing you!