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Protect Your Bright New Smile

September 29, 2020
Posted By: Bruce Matthews DDS, PA, Staff
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Once you've spent money brightening your smile with professional teeth whitening in Wilmington, DE, you'll want to know the best way to protect your investment.

The foods we eat and beverages we drink are one of the biggest culprits in discoloring teeth. Here are a few foods and drinks to be aware of and some tips you can do to keep your teeth bright and white.

Beware of These Staining Foods and Drinks

Typically foods that are highly acidic are the biggest cause of tooth discoloration. So some foods to be aware of are:

  • Marinara or other tomato-based sauces
  • Curries
  • Soy sauce
  • Dark berries, like raspberries, blueberries, or blackberries
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Red wine
  • Coffee
  • Black tea
  • Dark cola
  • Fruit juices

Now, you don't have to avoid these foods altogether. However, being aware of them can help you remember to drink water during your meal to counteract the effects of these foods. Or brush your teeth after meals where you consume these foods and beverages.

Other Measures You Can Take to Protect Your Smile

Tobacco use is not only detrimental to your health, but it is also responsible for discoloring your teeth. Smoking or chewing tobacco leaves stubborn yellow or brown staining that is hard to remove with brushing and flossing. Eliminating these habits is best for your health and also beneficial for your smile.

Following a consistent daily brushing and flossing routine helps to remove the plaque and bacteria that cause damage and discoloration to your smile. Your six-month professional teeth cleanings will also help to protect your smile, so commit to visiting your Wilmington dentist regularly for teeth cleanings and checkups. 

Contact Our Dental Office for More Information

If you have questions about teeth whitening or other aspects of your dental health, we encourage you to call us at (302) 475-9220 for more information.


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