Stop smoking today
Tobacco use is one of the biggest causes of tooth discoloration. All tobacco products contain tar and nicotine, both of which create stains that are hard to remove. So if you want to keep the look of your newly whitened teeth, avoid tobacco products from now on, including and especially cigarettes.
Avoid teeth-staining foods
Certain foods and drinks are notorious for staining your teeth. These can include coffee, berries like blueberries and blackberries, red wine, and black tea. If you simply have to keep these things in your diet, try making some changes to the way you consume them. For example, try drinking your coffee through a straw or adding extra milk to it so it’s less dark and liable to stain your teeth.
Find out if your medications could be the culprit
If you don’t smoke and don’t eat lots of teeth-discoloring foods, your medications could actually be the reason your teeth lose their whiteness. Certain medications like high blood pressure meds, antihistamines, and antipsychotics can all cause darker teeth as a side effect.
Naturally, you aren’t going to want to stop taking your medications, so ask your doctor if there are any changes you can make to the types of drugs you use.
Take care of your oral health
The best thing you can do to extend the results of your teeth whitening is to take care of your mouth. You know all the most important bits, but let us just remind you of everything you can do to help your teeth stay their whitest:
- Brush your teeth twice a day.
- Brush for two full minutes each time.
- Floss at least once a day.
- Use a toothpaste that boasts whitening power on the package.
- Use mouthwash once a day.
- Wash out your mouth with water after each meal.
Some of these rules are no-brainers, but others may not have occurred to you before now. All of them, though, can help keep your mouth healthy and free from food particles, bacteria, and other problems that can attack your newly whitened teeth.
To learn more about teeth whitening or for a regular checkup, call one of our two locations.