Tips For Keeping Your White Teeth White

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Whether via your dentist, at-home trays, or an array of toothpastes, flosses, and mouthwashes, you finally have the pearly white teeth you've always dreamed of. But even the whitest of teeth can, frustratingly enough, darken again, putting you right back to where you started. So how do you prevent your teeth from fading back into their previous color? If you're looking for tips on keeping your teeth as white as they possibly can be, then here's what you need to know.

You Are What You Eat

Or, at the very least, your teeth's color depends in part on what food you put in your mouth. Foods like curry, pasta sauce, and many berries (such as blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries) can discolor your teeth the same way they'll discolor your clothes if you happen to spill. To combat their staining power, make sure you don't eat these foods too regularly, or at least mix them with foods that can actually help whiten your teeth, like apples, pineapple, broccoli, and any dairy-rich food (such as cheese and yogurt). Being cautious about what food can do to your teeth is one way to ensure they stay white.

Put Down the Smokes

Along with being extremely bad for your health (causing cancers, gum disease, more plaque, and slower healing), smoking can also quickly yellow your teeth, making it the enemy of your shining smile. It definitely won't be easy, and you'll want to ask your doctor for help quitting smoking, but a combination of drug therapy, nicotine patches, support groups, and herbal remedies should be able to put you on the right path towards both better health and consistently white teeth.

Watch Your Liquids

In the mornings, most people turn to either coffee or tea to give them the boost they need to carry them through the first part of the day. However, both coffee's chromogens (bacteria that produce pigment) and tea's tannins can discolor your teeth, especially if you drink them every day. But it's not just morning beverages you need to watch out for; a popular drink to help people relax after a long day, red wine contains both chromogens and tannins, making it a potent recipe for stained teeth. Cutting back your intake of coffee, tea, and red wine, along with drinking some water after you indulge, can help you keep your teeth as white and bright as they can be. Click here to learn more about teeth whitening services.


16 May 2016