5 Things to Avoid After Teeth Whitening

Teeth_WhiteningOnce you have invested in a brighter smile with teeth whitening, you’ll want to protect your investment by paying special attention to how you can avoid re-staining your teeth. Here are five things to avoid in order to retain the benefits of an in-office or take-home teeth whitening treatment. Doing so will provide the longest lasting results possible.

The 5 “Don’ts” of Keeping Your Teeth Whiter

  1. Don’t eat or drink things that stain your teeth. The rule of thumb is that if a food or beverage would cause a difficult-to-remove stain on your carpet, or a white shirt, it will stain your teeth. Minimize your consumption of staining foods (such as blueberries, curry dishes, or beets), especially immediately after a whitening treatment. If you consume a staining beverage, such as tea, coffee or red wine, drink it through a straw.
  2. Don’t smoke or use tobacco products. Use of tobacco is a major factor in many dental conditions, including the staining of your teeth.
  3. Don’t overindulge in foods and drinks with a high acid content. Foods and drinks containing citrus fruits, tomatoes, etc., can erode tooth enamel. They can also impact the color of your newly whitened teeth and aggravate any sensitivity issues you might experience after the teeth whitening treatment.
  4. Don’t stop practicing your good habits. Keep brushing twice a day and flossing daily – this will keep your teeth healthy and protect their new brighter look. Also, keep eating fruits and vegetables such as apples, green beans, califlower, and carrots to “scrub” your teeth as you chew and promote the flow of saliva.
  5. Don’t use toothpastes or mouthrinses that stain. While all dental care products are designed to improve your oral health, not all of of them are aimed at keeping teeth white. Products that contain stannous fluoride or cetylpyridinium chloride have been known to cause stains with regular use. Read the label carefully and consult with your dentist if you have questions.

“Teeth whitening treatments aren’t permanent, so it’s important to adopt behaviors that preserve the benefits of whitening for as long as possible,” advises Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist based in central Phoenix.

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