August 16, 2017 So you’ve just had a tooth whitening treatment, and you want to maintain the good look of your pearly whites. Well, there are a few steps you can take to help prevent your teeth staining. Cut down on drinks that stain You probably enjoy a cup of tea or coffee at regular intervals throughout the day, but these and other drinks containing tannins, like wine, will stain your teeth. So cut down on the amount you consume, and when it comes to tea and coffee avoid having a mug beside your desk that you constantly sip throughout the day. Avoid foods that stain There are a number of foods that are well-known for causing staining to your teeth; these include tomato-based sauces, curries, berries, and strongly coloured condiments and sauces such as ketchup, soy sauce and balsamic vinegar. You’re not going to want to cut out the foods you love, nor should you, plus you won’t want to miss out on their many health giving properties. However, there are some further steps you can take to help maintain the pearly white look of your teeth: Eat foods that whiten naturally Fill up on foods that whiten your teeth naturally. Apples are a good example, their crunchiness and high water content make your gums stronger and encourage saliva production – protecting your pearly whites. Raw crunchy vegetables such as cauliflower, celery and carrots help to remove stains on the surface of your teeth and prevent the bacteria that cause plaque. Moreover, dark green vegetables such as kale, broccoli and spinach are not only great for your diet but also create a film that will protect your teeth. Also, dairy products such as milk, yoghurt and cheese, contain calcium which strengthen and whiten your teeth. Sip water You probably already drink water at regular intervals throughout the day, and that’s great for keeping your teeth looking white. However, be sure to sip and swill water after you’ve consumed any particularly strongly coloured foods or drink. Water will cut down on the bacteria that cause plaque and reduce foods’ ability to cause stains. Practice good dental hygiene In addition to considering your dietary intake, a good dental hygiene routine is of course of paramount importance to keeping your teeth looking white. So invest in a good toothbrush and brush your teeth twice a day. Moreover, when you do consume foods that stain; drink some water afterwards or snack on some healthy stain-busting fruit and veg. Visit your dentist regularly To maintain your Natural Smiles, visit your dentist regularly for a check up and clean. Their professional tooth cleaning and polishing kit will help combat discolouration and remove plaque, giving you a squeaky clean finish it’s difficult to achieve at home. Also, ask their advice about your dental hygiene routine and the toothpaste best suited to your needs. So there you have a few easy steps you can take to help maintain the look of your teeth after a whitening treatment.