Teeth whitening can be transformative. And if you've fallen in love with your new look, you want to do everything possible to maintain it between treatments. Below are a few small changes you can make to keep your smile looking its brightest for longer.
Avoid Foods That Stain
Some drinks including coffee, tea, and wine can stain the teeth more than others. They contain chemical compounds called tannins which coat the teeth and attract other pigmented substances such as chromogens, which are also found in wine. Sugar also lingers in the mouth, encouraging bacterial growth, and further dims your smile. Enjoy hard candy, cookies, and, especially, soda in moderation.
Rinse Well After Indulging
If you do indulge, be sure to rinse your mouth thoroughly with water afterward. This can remove much of the acids and bacteria that might be clinging to your teeth.
Practice Good Oral Care Habits
Remember to brush twice daily and to keep up a regular flossing routine. If you can sneak in a midday brushing, even better. Position the brush at a 45-degree angle to the gums and move the bristles gently back and forth over each tooth for two minutes per session.
See a Dentist Regularly
Bi-annual dental exams are an essential part of taking care of one's oral health, maintaining teeth whitening treatments, and staying on top of potential dental issues. However, if you ever experience any problems with your teeth, such as a cracked or chipped tooth, pain or discomfort, or extreme sensitivity to hot or cold foods, schedule an extra appointment to get these matters checked out by a professional right away.
By bearing these points in mind, you are taking steps to ensure your teeth whitening treatments last. Richard J. Mazour D.D.S. serves the Beatrice and Superior, Nebraska and the surrounding areas, providing dental cleanings, exams, fillings, and crowns, as well as cosmetic dentistry services. Schedule an appointment by calling (402) 223-5109, visiting his website, or contacting him via Facebook.
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