Keep your pearly whites white with these seven helpful dental tips!
One of the best investments you can make to improve your dental health is teeth whitening treatment . Giving yourself a bright, vibrant smile not only makes you look better, but it can also give you a burst of self-confidence.
However, if you don’t maintain those pearly whites once you’ve got them, the treatment was just a short-term fix and a potential loss of money.
Here are seven ways you can maintain your brilliant smile after having your teeth whitened.
1. Brush well
It is amazing how many people still don’t regularly brush their teeth at least twice a day. After having a treatment, make sure to brush your teeth well (about two minutes or so in all four quadrants of the mouth).
Besides your routine daily brushing, brush immediately after you eat foods that can stain your teeth (more on this in a moment). It may be a good idea to grab a portable/travel-size toothbrush to take with you at work or even in a restaurant bathroom.
2. Floss Daily
The other bit of normal dental care you need to emphasize is regular, daily flossing. This helps to get particles trapped down between the teeth that can ultimately lead to problems including staining.
One new trend includes teeth whitening floss that includes calcium peroxide to remove proteins that are left by saliva that can also discolor your teeth.
3. Foods to avoid
There are a lot of things out there that can stain your teeth. These can include “dark foods and marinades” such as dark chocolate and blueberries, dark soups and stews, and marinades and sauces such as soy sauce.
Anything acidic can also be problematic, so steer clear of foods like beets and tomatoes. You may also have to be very careful if you eat a lot of Italian, Spanish or Indian food because of the tomatoes and curry that are used predominately in these cuisines. You don’t have to completely stay away from them, but you should definitely limit them if you can and brush well after you eat any of these foods.
4. Drinks to avoid
Another culprit that can mess up teeth whitening is your daily cup of java. Most dentists suggest getting your coffee fixes with an iced coffee that you can drink through a straw.
Tea, soda, and sports drinks like Gatorade and Powerade can stain your teeth. Unfortunately, certain fruit and vegetable drinks can as well, such as grape juice (and wine), tomato juice, carrot juice, and “green” smoothie drinks. Again, you don’t have to completely do without these; but if you do have a glass of red wine with dinner, be sure to brush well when you are done.
5. Don’t smoke
The dangers of smoking are numerous and well documented. But one of the other problems is that tobacco use will stain your teeth (that goes for smokeless tobacco as well). If you want to keep from getting brittle teeth that are a shade of yellow or brown, stay away from the tobacco products.
6. Use teeth whitening products
A good follow-up from your teeth whitening treatment is to maintain your smile with certain teeth whitening products. Philips, for instance, offers a variety of products in this area including Philips Zoom DayWhite Touch-up take-home whitening, Philips Zoom Whitening Pen and Philips Sonicare DiamondClean electric toothbrush. Any of these would be excellent for keeping your teeth looking their whitest.
7. Visit every six months
Last, but certainly not least, you should plan to visit the dentist every six months for follow-up appointments. This is the only real way to ensure that you don’t have any dental problems to arise afterwards including cavities or other issues that can take away from your perfect smile.
Teeth whitening is a great investment to make in your own personal dental health. And with any investment, it needs to be looked after to make sure that it can maintain what you wanted from the beginning. Following these seven suggestions will make sure that you are smile brightly for years to come.
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