Whether you have a naturally white smile or you just got a teeth whitening treatment at the dentist, you’ll want to make sure you do what you can to preserve those pearly whites. With normal wear and tear, there’s always the possibility of teeth losing a bit of their luster and, unfortunately, whitening treatments aren’t permanent. We’ve gathered up some tips for how you can maintain a white smile:
Keep Up a Good Oral Hygiene Routine
This may seem like a no-brainer, but making sure you brush at least two times a day and floss at least once a day can make a big difference to the whiteness of your smile. If you don’t follow proper oral hygiene, you leave the door open for staining and yellowing from plaque.
To boost your at-home dental care routine, you can incorporate a mouthwash as well as a tongue scraper. And don’t miss out on those twice-a-year visits to the dentist!
Watch What You Eat & Drink
Certain foods and drinks are more likely to stain your teeth than others. Foods that could potentially leave discoloration include berries, tomato sauce, and curry. Common culprits among beverages include coffee, tea, wine, and soda.
We definitely don’t expect you to give up these foods entirely, but you can eat them in moderation or rinse your mouth with water after consuming them. For some of the drinks, you can use a straw so that the liquid doesn’t get to just sit on your teeth leaving stains.
Avoid Tobacco Products
Cigarettes and chewing tobacco are big at staining teeth. If you cut these out, you’ll have a much easier job of maintaining a white smile. We know that’s no easy task, but think about the many other benefits to your health that’ll come along too!
Need help getting that beautiful white smile? Contact Sapphire Dental today! We can provide custom-tray whitening as well as one-visit whitening, so you can get the treatment that works best for you.