Maintaining a White Smile
By Willow Ridge Dental Group
April 14, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Diet  

Here are some ways to keep your smile radiant from the comfort of your own home.

Whether you’ve just turned to our Naperville, IL, dentists Drs. Jeffrey and Connie Onik recently for teeth whitening or you’ve been whitening at home, you want your results to last as long as possible. Of course, this involves amping up your current routine and following these habits to ensure that your teeth stays radiant,

Alter Your Diet

Assess all the typical foods and drinks you consume in a day and see which ones could be causing you the most stains. Remember, dark foods and drinks are the likely culprit. This includes:

  • Coffee and tea
  • Wine
  • Dark sodas and sports drinks
  • Berries and citrus fruits
  • Dark condiments and sauces such as mustard, soy sauce, and ketchup
  • Tomato sauce and paste

If you do drink something that may cause stains, you should consider using a straw. It might seem silly but using a straw will limit how much of the dark liquid comes in contact with your teeth.

Brush Thoroughly and Often

While we can limit the amount of stain-causing foods and drinks we consume it is challenging to avoid them completely. So, if you do decide to indulge in a slice of blueberry pie or a heaping bowl of tomato pasta, just make sure that you brush your teeth immediately afterwards to prevent stains from forming.

Use Whitening Toothpaste

If you’ve just turned to our Naperville, IL, cosmetic dentists recently for professional teeth whitening then you definitely want tips for making your results last. If you haven’t been doing it already, it’s a good idea to start using whitening toothpaste. Whitening toothpaste contains safe but effective abrasives that can polish teeth and scrub away surface stains. It’s also great for preventing new stains from forming.

Use an At-Home Whitening Kit

That whitening kit that perhaps wasn’t giving you life-changing results months ago may actually be a great way to help you maintain your professional results longer. Whitening strips and trays, along with whitening toothpaste, can also be great ways to support your radiant smile and keep it looking fresh and radiant.

Here at Willow Ridge Dental Group, your health, safety and wellbeing are of the utmost importance to us. That’s why we are only treating urgent and emergency dental problems until the lockdown is over. Until you can turn to our Naperville, IL, dentists for teeth whitening treatment or even dental veneers for a brighter smile, try the tips above to keep your smile sparkling (because we could all benefit from smiling more).

If you are dealing with an urgent dental matter don’t hesitate to call us at (630) 420-2800.

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