What you put in your mouth every day can have a significant impact on your dental health and the whiteness of your teeth over time. Here are some suggestions for foods and drinks that you can eat to help keep your teeth white and healthy after having them whitened by Dr. Clark J. Wright, your cosmetic dentist in Venice, FL.
Foods to Eat
If you want to keep your teeth white, there are a few foods that you should put on your grocery list. Nuts and seeds are good because they are hard, and as you chew them they remove extrinsic stains. Apples are good for the same reason and the juiciness also helps increase the production of stain-fighting saliva in the mouth. Eat plenty of raw broccoli as well to keep the surfaces of your teeth scrubbed clean. Keep in mind that while these foods may be good for your teeth, leftover particles still should be removed to avoid problems with plaque and bacteria.
Beverages for White Teeth
The best thing you can drink for whiter, healthier teeth is plenty of water. Tap water is beneficial because it contains fluoride, but even if you drink bottled water it is good for your dental health compared to drinking dark liquids like red wine, tea and coffee. Milk is high in calcium, which is good for your teeth, but be careful of drinking too much. Milk is also high in sugar, which can contribute to decay.
Another Important Tip
In addition to eating the right foods after a whitening procedure, you should also make it a point to increase your brushing habits. A recent survey by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) found that as many as half of adults don’t brush their teeth at night, and this is probably related to problems with tooth staining over time. Regular appointments with your Venice FL cosmetic dentist for professional cleanings are also important.
Take Care of Your Smile
You can keep your teeth white and bright for years after your whitening appointment if you eat right and brush twice every day. Also, remember to call Dr. Wright at his cosmetic dentistry office in Venice FL (941-493-5923) for regular checkups to maintain your gorgeous smile.