Brush and Floss Regularly
One of the easiest habits to ensure your results last is by doing what you should already do – brush and floss your teeth regularly! It’s essential to brush every morning and night and floss at least once per day (preferably at night). Brushing your teeth is necessary in order to remove the plaque and bacteria from your teeth. Otherwise, the plaque can accumulate and harden into tartar which can transpire into cavities or gum disease. Flossing is also necessary to remove debris, plaque, and bacteria from between the teeth and underneath the gum line. Keeping your teeth as healthy as possible is important to prevent certain cosmetic treatments from failing.
Not only does brushing and flossing keep your mouth healthy, but it will prevent staining. If you recently whitened your teeth, you wouldn’t want them to lose their new hue. Brushing and flossing will help prevent that.
Avoid Foods and Drinks that Stain
On the subject of staining, one habit to help keep your cosmetic dentistry results looking dazzling is by avoiding certain foods and drinks that stain your teeth. Unless you have a mouth filled with dental crowns or porcelain veneers, your teeth can lose their white hue with too much of certain foods and drinks. We recommend drinking coffee, tea, and red wine with caution and through a straw if possible. This will limit your teeth’s exposure to staining.
Foods you should also eat in moderation include chocolate, berries, and tomato sauces. If you do decide to indulge in these foods and drinks that stain, try to rinse your mouth with water and brush your teeth as soon as possible afterward. A teeth whitening touchup can always bring your teeth back to a dazzling white if you do overindulge though.