Teeth whitening can not only brighten your smile, but it also can enhance your overall self-confidence, thus making you more successful in your endeavours. However, opting for regular professional teeth whitening treatments can cost a pretty penny for the average Australian. Although it is recommended to have this done by a professional dentist, it does not mean that you cannot also take measures to maintain the brightness of your pearly whites. Here are some handy DIY tips to teeth whitening maintenance, thus ensuring your professional dental appointment were not for naught.

Steer clear from dark foods

A general rule of thumb is that if the food is dark as you ingest it, chances are it will cause some staining to your teeth. As such, it is best to steer clear from foods such as coffee, red wine, marinara sauce and more. Regular intake of these and other darkly pigmented foods will gradually dull the shine of your pearly white smile.

Steer clear from energy drinks

A common misconception people have is that if they steer clear from coffee, then they can replace it with energy drinks. Although these energy drinks will perk you up when you require a boost, they will also have an adverse effect to your whitened teeth. The acid in these drinks will slowly eat away at your enamel. This gradual erosion will make your teeth appear dull, hence having a negative effect to your teeth whitening treatment.

Regularly switch your toothbrush for a new one

Most people know that they should replace their toothbrush after every three months. However, if you have had teeth whitening procedures done to your teeth, it is recommended to switch out your toothbrush the moment you find that the bristles are beginning to wear out. Worn out bristles will not be able to effectively clean your teeth. Thus, you will not be able to effectively eliminate the bacteria that is compromising the whiteness of your smile.

Clean your tongue

One of the most overlooked areas of the mouth is the tongue, unless an oral health problem arises. What most people do not realize is that the tongue holds much more bacteria than what breeds in between the spaces of your teeth. Leaving this bacteria undeterred makes it easy for it to transfer to the surface of your teeth, thus causing plaque and discolouration of your pearly whites. If you would like to avoid having your teeth whitening treatment fade before its time, it is best to always ensure you pay just as much attention to cleaning and scraping your tongue as you would to brushing your teeth.

For more information about the best practices for preserving a teeth whitening procedure, contact a local dentist.