Your dentist offers many services, from root canals to fluoride treatments. While most procedures are utilitarian in nature, modern dentistry also accommodates requests for whiter teeth as well. When you have your teeth professionally whitened at your dentist's office, it is an investment in your smile. Luckily, there are some easy things that you can do to keep your teeth as white as possible after the procedure.
1. Use a Whitening Toothpaste
A simple switch to a whitening toothpaste can help keep your teeth whiter for a longer period of time. While whitening toothpaste cannot whiten teeth on its own, it can help you fend off stains after a whitening procedure.
2. Avoid Foods That Stain
There is often debate about whether coffee is good or bad for you. One thing everyone can agree on, however, is that coffee can stain your teeth. In fact, there are many foods that you should avoid to keep your teeth as white as possible, including tea, wine, berries, and even carbonated beverages with added food coloring.
3. Drink Through a Straw
If you can't (or won't) avoid certain foods that stain your teeth, you can at least change how you consume them. Drinking through a straw may help avoid contact with your pearly whites and cut down on any potential staining.
4. Eat Crunchy Foods
Veterinarians recommend giving dogs hard, chewy treats because the crunchy bits help remove plaque and tartar build-up. Although humans do not have to 'sit' first, you can benefit from the same action. Chewing crunchy foods, like carrots and apples, can help remove plaque and tartar from your teeth as well.
5. Schedule Regular Cleanings
Make cleaning your teeth twice a year a priority in your busy schedule. In fact, cleaning them four times a year is even better. Your insurance company may not pay for the extra cleanings but talk to your dentist to be sure since they may be able to offer extra cleanings at a discount. The more often you have your teeth professionally cleaned, the more likely they are to stay white.
6. Practice Good Oral Hygiene
Finally, make brushing your teeth after every meal a priority. It is the single most effective way to avoid cavities, fight gum disease, and keep your teeth white.
General dentistry has come a long way but, while your dentist can whiten your teeth, it is up to you to keep them white.