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If you have just whitened your teeth and you want to keep them that way, here are some tips to help you along:

  1. Adhere to a “teeth-friendly” diet
  2. To keep your teeth white, cut down on your black tea, soda drink, red wine, and dark juice consumption. Anything that looks dark before you drink it is likely to stain your teeth. Also, stay away from cigarettes and cigars. If you absolutely need to drink any of the above, rinse your mouth immediately after and brush 30 minutes later.

  3. Change your toothbrush every 90 days
  4. All the major dental associations agree that toothbrushes should be changed after 90 days. You may make an exception and change it earlier if the bristles are becoming frayed. Also, if you use an electric toothbrush, change the head after 90 days.

  5. Avoid excessive teeth whitening
  6. Liking how their teeth looked after whitening at the dentist, many people get over-the-counter bleach to maintain the whiteness. Excessive use of whitening agents will damage your enamel; leading to brown teeth, tooth sensitivity, and tooth decay.

  7. Eat fruits regularly
  8. Carrots, celery, and apples are very good for dental health. They keep the teeth strong and white. Also, remember to drink lots of water. Yes, it’s not a fruit, but it helps the mouth secrete more saliva.

  9. Maintain good oral hygiene
  10. Brush your teeth every morning and evening, and floss once per day. Use mouthwash regularly to keep your breath fresh and to ward off infections. Also, adhere to a twice-yearly dental check-up schedule.

If you are considering whitening your teeth, visit Mission Bend Family Dentistry in Richmond, Texas. Call 832-895-5110 for any inquiries or to make an appointment.

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