To prolong the results of your professional teeth whitening, you may need to make a few adjustments to your routine. Due to the variation of people’s lifestyles and body chemistry, it’s difficult to predict exactly how long your whitening will last. However, it is possible to delay your next session when you keep these tips in mind.
Focus on the Plaque
Plaque eventually leads to tartar, which can cause the discoloration and yellowing that cloud your mouth. It’s also the usual suspect for any number of dental disorders (e.g., cavities, etc.). Flossing, brushing, and regular dental cleanings can go a long way to keeping your teeth whiter for longer by keeping plaque at bay.
One easy action to try is rinsing your mouth out with water after you eat or drink. It’s impractical to expect you to brush after every meal, but it’s not asking too much to take a few swigs to stop plaque from adhering to the tooth.
Tip to Avoid Stains
You’ve likely already heard the old adage that coffee and wine will stain your teeth, but you may not want to cut these entirely out of your diet:
- Straws: Straws may not be the most fashionable accessory, but they can keep your teeth whiter for longer. If you’re worried about the environmental impact of the plastic, try carrying a metal one around to limit your footprint. When you consider the effort you made to whiten your teeth, a straw in cola or grape juice can go a long way to protecting your investment.
- Diet: Chocolate, soy sauce, and even ketchup can end up being poor dietary choices if you want to keep your teeth white. Eating is typically better for your teeth because the solids won’t stay in your mouth as long as the liquids will, but it’s still good to be cautious when you’re eating foods that are rich in color. If you’re not going to avoid them, just make sure you’re drinking water as you go.
If you want to learn more about better oral hygiene, Southern Oaks Dental Care is here to help you keep your teeth gleaming for longer than you ever thought possible!