Which Foods are best at Keeping Teeth Whiter for Longer?

If you have just had your teeth whitened professionally by the Smile Studio in London, or if you are thinking about having them bleached, then you may already be aware of the small changes you may need to make to your lifestyle and diet in order to keep your pearly whites at their gleaning best for longer. The obvious examples are tea and coffee, and red wine. You may also want to make those Friday night curries something of a treat instead of a weekly ritual. So you’re aware of the foods you shouldn’t be eating, but are there any that could help to prolong the effects of tooth whitening in London?

There are a few things you can do, but the main thing is to enjoy everything in moderation and to accept that you will need to go back to see Dr Wyman Chan occasionally for top-up treatments. Things you can do include:

  • Eating more dairy products. Including more milk, yoghurt and cheese in your diet will definitely help improve your dental health, as the extra calcium will help to keep your tooth enamel strong. The additional calcium helps your teeth to remineralise, and can lessen your chances of tooth decay, and is an excellent choice for the end of a meal, or as a snack in between meals.
  • Eating crunchy vegetables and fruits. Crunchy fruits and vegetables such as carrots and apples have sometimes been described as being nature’s toothbrush. They are high in fibre, and this helps them to lift some of the surface stains from teeth. They are also useful as they help to promote the production of saliva, which helps to wash away potentially staining foods.
  • Chewing sugar-free gum. Chewing gum after a meal can help to lessen the effects of any staining foods, and can help promote better dental health, especially if you choose a brand that contains xylitol. Xylitol is a natural sweetener that is thought to help reduce tooth decay. The act of chewing gum helps to stimulate salvia production, and is very good after a meal as it helps pH levels to return to normal more quickly so there is less chance of acids attacking the tooth enamel.

Weird Suggestions for Whitening Teeth in London (please don’t try these at home)

These foods all sound very normal, but what about the stranger methods of teeth whitening in London that are advocated on some websites? These are probably best avoided, as while some may be harmless, others may damage your teeth. One popular home remedy for having a whiter smile is to bleach teeth with lemon juice, something that would never be recommended by any dental professional as the acidic nature of the juice is likely to damage tooth enamel. One of the stranger ones is the suggestion that eating raisins whitens teeth. The tenuous theory behind this one is that it stimulates the flow of saliva which in turn helps to wash away plaque. In fact dried fruits are high in sugar, and have a tendency to get stuck in between the teeth, providing an excellent source of food for plaque bacteria.

Following the All-White Diet after Tooth Whitening in London

If you chose to have your teeth whitened at the Smile Studio in London then you will probably have been advised to follow a white diet for between 24 and 48 hours after the whitening procedure. This isn’t very long, and will help to protect your investment in your smile by giving your teeth time to settle down after being bleached.