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How to Keep Your Smile Bright Following Whitening

Close-Up of a Bright Smile | Teeth Whitening in Gaitherburg MD

You've brightened you smile with whitening treatment, and the results couldn't have turned out better! You can't believe what a difference a brighter smile makes and you can't stop sharing it with the world! Now that you've made the investment in teeth whitening in Gaithersburg, you will want to learn how you can maintain your brighter smile. Here are a few tips to keep your smile sparkling.

Be Aware of Foods and Beverages that Stain Your Teeth

There are a few different foods and drinks that can be detrimental to your whiter smile. The culprits to be aware of are:

  • Berries such as blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries
  • Soy sauce and curries
  • Tomatoes and marinara sauces
  • Dark cola
  • Coffee and black tea
  • Red wine

You don't have to eliminate these foods and beverages from your diet completely; however, limiting them or remembering to brush your teeth after consuming them will help protect your smile. 

Follow a Consistent Home Care Routine

Brushing your teeth twice a day is the best thing you can do to protect your investment in your smile. Talk with your dentist about whitening toothpaste that may benefit your smile. You might also consider using an antibacterial mouth rinse to help protect your teeth and add fluoride into your routine. 

Flossing at least once a day will remove the plaque and bacteria from in between your teeth. 

Regular Visits With Your Dentist

Your cleaning and checkups with your dentist are also an important element for maintaining your smile. A thorough professional cleaning not only removes plaque buildup, but also the stains that can occur from foods and beverages.

Visiting your dentist every six months for a checkup also ensures that you avoid certain issues such as tooth decay and gum disease that are best treated when detected early on.

If it's time for your next cleaning and checkup, give Lakeforest Dental Associates a call today to schedule your appointment.