So you’ve spent the time and money to get your teeth whitened, either with an at-home treatment or in your dentist’s office. To keep them looking their best, you’ll want to maintain your results by eating foods that keep them healthy and white, like raw, fibrous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower and carrots are good choices), that help exfoliate the teeth and remove plaque. Some fruits act as natural astringents, too, like apples, pears, strawberries, oranges and grapefruit.
The foods that can wreak havoc on your new, gleaming smile are the same ones that likely caused the discoloration in the first place: soy sauce, red wine, blueberries and soda. If you choose to have one of these foods, be sure to follow them with a few glasses of water to wash away their acid- and stain-inducing pigments.
However, don’t brush your teeth after drinking red wine. Brushing after wine will just spread the enamel-dissolving acid to all of your teeth. Stick with the water rinse instead and don’t forget to show off those gorgeous pearly whites with a smile.
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