After months or years of wondering about it, you picked up the phone and scheduled the appointment. You made the investment, you followed the instructions, and wore your teeth whitening trays every single day for several weeks. Now, you have a smile that gleams. Years of discoloration or staining has been lifted away and you walk around smiling at people, showing off your pearly white teeth.
However, after a few weeks, you may start to worry that you're going to find yourself right back in that dental chair or ordering more teeth whitening gel. After all, many of the reasons for tooth discoloration are caused by eating and lifestyle habits. How can you keep your smile bright for months or years after your cosmetic teeth whitening treatment? Dr. France Chevalier, a dentist who has helped many patients in Gloucester, ON, and the surrounding area whiten their teeth offers the following tips to keep your smile bright:
- Think about what you're eating and drinking. Most people know that their morning cups of coffee are working against their attempts to keep their teeth white. However, other food items such as iced tea, beets, red pasta sauce, dark soda, and red wine can also leave stain-causing residue on your teeth. Try to limit your consumption of these items. If you can't eliminate them (we know it's hard) consider using a straw to drink the beverages so that the dark liquid doesn't touch the front of your teeth. Also, brush your teeth or rinse with water to eliminate some of the food particles immediately after consuming the dark items.
- Kick the habit. If you smoke or use chewing tobacco you know about the health risks. However, these habits are also detrimental to the health of your mouth and the appearance of your teeth. Smoking can lead to staining or a yellowed appearance of your teeth.
- Brush and floss, always. Throughout the day, nearly everything you eat will stick to the surface of your teeth. When you brush at night you remove these particles and lessen the risk of discoloration. Furthermore, brushing and flossing help to keep your mouth healthy. Don't skip your brushing and flossing routine and don't rush through it in order to achieve an extra three minutes of sleep. Take the time to make this a solid habit.
- Visit your dentist. Your dental visit includes an examination to check your mouth and teeth for any potential issues. It also includes a professional cleaning by a trained hygienist using professional tools to eliminate plaque and bacteria from your teeth. Be sure to keep up with these visits at least twice each year.
Whether your smile needs a little lightening or a complete whitening treatment, Dr. Chevalier can help. Call her office today to learn more.
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