Now that your cosmetic dentist has helped you achieve a brilliantly white smile, are you wondering how you can best preserve the results of that professional whitening treatment? If so, the good news is that there are some simple steps you can take to ensure your smile remains beautiful for as long as possible. It just requires some diligence in your dental hygiene routine, and some smart decisions about what you eat and drink!
Drink Lots of Water
One of the best things you can do for your smile’s health and its beauty is to drink lots of water. Drinking water throughout the day helps prevent plaque buildup, which can create an unsightly yellow film on the surface of your teeth and can eventually lead to cavities. This is because water helps you produce saliva, which naturally restricts the plaque bacteria’s ability to stick to the surface of teeth, where it can then wreak havoc on your smile.
So while a soda or third cup of coffee might be tempting, stick to water as often as possible if you want to preserve those shiny pearly whites!
Avoid Tobacco Products, Limit Staining Beverages
Tobacco products are among the most damaging to your oral health, and your overall health as well, so avoiding them is key to preserving your smile’s beauty. But other common culprits behind noticeable staining include sodas, coffees, dark teas, and red wines. In fact, many dark berries can lead to staining. Beverages that are high in sugar and acidity can also lead to enamel erosion, which can cause cavities as well as discoloration.
So, limit how many of these beverages you consume, drink through a straw if possible, and follow them with a glass of water to help rinse the particles from your mouth, afterwards.
Chewing sugar-free gum after staining drinks and foods can also be helpful, though brushing your teeth is ideal!
And, of course, regular dental hygiene and routine dental visits are the best way to protect your smile’s health and beauty for years to come. So don’t skip out on these key preventive steps.