Keeping Your Sparkling Smile White

smilewhitegoldenhairYou are likely already aware that teeth whitening is an excellent way to brighten your smile. However, you may be wondering what to do about keeping your smile nice and white. Now that you have finally gotten rid of that yellowed or darkened appearance and your teeth are glowing, you will be happy to find that upkeep is relatively simple. Consider the following suggestions for caring for your smile, so you can get the most out of this cosmetic improvement.

You Might Avoid Those Stain-Causers

You will not need to avoid staining agents, particularly if you are open to whitening touch-ups in the future. However, if your goal is to keep your smile as white as possible, it may be a good idea to limit your contact with these things. What do they include? Tobacco, for instance, is a major contributor to staining. Cut out the tobacco habit and you will protect your smile. Other factors tend to include highly pigmented foods like berries, tea, and coffee. Avoiding these types of stain-causers is always helpful.

Keep Your Smile Clean

It sounds simple because it is – it is also extremely effective. However, daily hygiene only effective if you are doing it right, so take note of the following suggestions for good cleaning habits:

  • You need to use a toothbrush that is marked as having “soft” bristles to thoroughly clean your teeth without damaging them
  • You should avoid abrasive toothpastes
  • You will need to brush at least two times a day for two minutes each – for best results, rinse your mouth after each meal, wait thirty minutes, and brush
  • You should replace your toothbrush once every three months or sooner if it begins to look worn
  • You need to floss once a day to make sure you are cleaning every tiny nook and cranny, so your smile looks dazzling long after your teeth whitening


Aside from providing dependable family, 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 an 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.

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