While teeth whitening can give your smile a boost, it alone does not keep your pearly whites that bright new shade forever. Did you know eating certain foods can keep your smile whiter, longer? Dr. Laurence Breiterman, your cosmetic dentist in Wayne, NJ, is here with some tips on how to keep your teeth white this year.

1. Avoid Drinks that Stain

Avoid exposing your teeth to foods and beverages that stain your teeth like coffee, tea, or red wine. Try using a straw to direct the liquid towards the back of your throat instead of it washing across your teeth. You could extend your teeth whitening benefits by as much as a year without needing a touch-up.

2. Swish with Water

If you cannot keep away from teeth-darkening treats, try brushing or swishing with water right after you consume teeth-staining food or drink. This little tip will make all the difference in the shade of your smile.

3. Practice Good Oral Hygiene

Brush and floss your teeth twice a day to remove plaque and bacteria that cause tooth decay. Rinse with a medicated mouthwash to keep down the production of bacteria. Use a whitening toothpaste a few times a week to remove surface stains and to prevent yellowing of your teeth.

4. Eat Foods to Keep Your Teeth White

Not only do you want to avoid teeth-staining products like tobacco, but you can actually keep your teeth whiter by eating certain foods including celery, apples, cheese, cauliflower, and strawberries. These foods promote saliva production, which is a natural tooth cleanser. Strawberries and dairy products produce enzymes that naturally strengthen and whiten your teeth as well.

5. Touch-up Your Teeth Whitening

As a cosmetic dentist, Dr. Breiterman offers Zoom!® professional teeth whitening for customized, long-lasting treatment. Get shades brighter in just one visit! Perfect for the fast-approaching special occasion.

To keep your smile bright all year around, come and see Dr. Breiterman. Call our office to schedule your appointment today!