Teeth whitening has become a popular cosmetic procedure for many people. In fact, North Americans spend billions on teeth whitening treatments and products. “After a session at Pearl Teeth Whitening in Vancouver, it’s not uncommon for clients to ask how they can maintain the results,” explains Shelley, who’s the owner of the spa as well as a Registered Dental Hygienist.
Most people already aware of what they should avoid to maintain optimal pearliness: foods like tea, coffee, blueberries, red wine, soy sauce, and colas are a no-no. However, some foods are very beneficial to teeth and can actually help enhance and prolong whitening treatments.
It turns out an apple a day not only keeps the doctor away—but also the dentist. Crunchy fruits and vegetables help whiten teeth by gently scrubbing them. Other terrific tooth-scrubbers include fresh green beans, cauliflower, carrots, and celery.
Strawberries and oranges promote good oral health by polishing the teeth. Additionally, strawberries contain and an enzyme called malic acid that helps make teeth whiter. If you’re concerned about tooth decay, up your intake of cheese, milk, and yogurt, which contain beneficial lactic acid.
If you’re not about to give up all your favourite foods—like most people, you can take measures to reduce staining after your meals. Simply drink a glass of water—swishing it around as your swallow. Sugar free gum also works in a pinch, and the xylitol (artificial sweetener) in some sugar-free gums can also help prevent decay.
If you regularly have your teeth whitened, you can prolong the results and improve your oral health simply by rounding out your diet. Additionally, these foods contain many nutrients, which are beneficial to hair and skin—as well as teeth!
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Emma Johnson is the owner of Pearl Boutique, a clinic that specializes in teeth whitening. She is a registered dental hygienist and completed her diploma at Camosun College, which offers one of the best recognized dental hygiene programs in Canada. Emma also holds a health science degree in kinesiology from the University of the Fraser Valley.