Have you been given bleach maintenance instructions? You might think your teeth are going to stay white for some time after over-the-counter whitening but they may not stay white for as long as you hope. To help keep your teeth white, however, there are some things you can do. In today’s blog, your Lake Forest Dentist, Dr. Fondriest, gives you some tips regarding how to keep your teeth white after whitening.
Avoid Certain Foods
One way to help keep your teeth white after using an over-the-counter, at-home tooth whitening kit, or a professional dental whitening, is to avoid eating certain foods. Foods you should try to avoid include:
- Red wine
- White wine
- Soy sauce
- Red sauce
- Dark sodas
These foods, and smoking, will stain your teeth.
Eat Certain Foods
Another way to keep your teeth white is to eat certain foods. By eating these foods you may be able to eliminate having to whiten your teeth all together. Foods you should eat to keep your teeth white include firm fruits and vegetables such as:
- Green beans
These foods promote the flow of saliva which neutralizes acids and washes away harmful bacteria. They also clean your teeth by scrubbing them because of their firm texture. Dairy products high in calcium also help keep teeth white, such as cheese. Hard cheeses also help scrub food from your teeth. The lactic acid in dairy products helps prevent decay.
At-home whitening kits often need to be applied several days in a row. This may cause tooth sensitivity, but it usually disappears within a few days after treatment. Whitening teeth too often can result in tooth enamel erosion, which can cause permanent damage.
Keep you teeth white with good bleach maintenance
Aside from providing dependable general and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is a former adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.