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Dr. George Strickland and our team in Venice, Florida is pleased to be able to offer both in-house and at-home teeth whitening for our patients who need a smile boost. But once you have your teeth whitened, you will want to take protective measures while consuming your favorite foods and drinks.

Here is just a sampling of the kinds of items that can cause stains on your newly cleaned pearly whites:

  • coffee
  • tea
  • soda
  • wine
  • cranberry juice
  • tomato sauce
  • soy sauce
  • blueberries
  • beets

Of course, there are things you can do to protect your teeth even as you continue to enjoy your lifestyle with your favorite foods. The first line of defense is to rinse your mouth and clean your teeth after eating or drinking. This helps remove the oral debris that can linger on teeth and make them vulnerable to staining. Brushing, flossing, and using an antibacterial mouthwash are all effective ways to prevent plaque buildup, and stains like to adhere onto the sticky plaque.

If you are drinking tooth-staining foods throughout the day, you can use a straw to limit the liquid’s contact with your teeth. This is the easiest fix and very effective at preventing potential tooth stains. Drinking through a straw allows you to sip your favorite teas or coffees, juices, and sodas without leaving unsightly side effects.

Keep all regularly scheduled bi-annual dental checkups and cleanings. These allow us to remove plaque which hardens into tartar along with preventing tooth decay and gum disease from developing. During your visit, Dr. George Strickland can also see if you need additional whitening for your pearly whites.

Our George Strickland, DDS team in Venice, Florida is here to help you with all of your smile care needs. If you have any questions about how to protect your smile’s appearance, please give us a call at 941-451-7059. We always enjoy hearing from you!