Keep Your Whitened Teeth Whitened

woman with bright smile eating an appleYou have made a significant investment in your appearance by having your teeth whitened and your smile brightened by Dr. Michael J. Young. You want to know how to protect its value and how to let it generate a return on investment for years to come. Below are so helpful ways to safeguard your newly whitened teeth.     

Eat right.

What you eat is as important as what you should refrain from eating. There are many foods which can actually help keep your teeth white. Among those raw foods are:

  • Apples
  • Celery
  • Green beans
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrots

These foods neutralize acid and generate the flow of saliva.

Dairy products also help.

Many dairy products also are great for your whitened teeth such as:

  • Cheeses – The harder the better
  • Dairy products high in calcium, like whole milk

The lactic acid in these products not only prevents tooth decay, they also help keep your teeth white.

Avoid some drinks and foods.

Some foods will have a staining affect on your teeth. These include:

  • Drinks such as colas, coffee, regular tea, and red wine. If you drink these, use a straw.
  • Foods like berries and soy sauce
  • Acidic fruits, such as grapefruit and oranges
  • Tomatoes or tomato products, such as spaghetti sauce and catsup
  • Even some mouthwashes may stain your teeth. Ask your dentist for a recommendation.

Adopt some healthy habits.

If you are a smoker or tobacco chewer, now is a great time to stop. Few things impact not only the color of your teeth, but your overall dental health like tobacco.

Also, dental hygiene is very important to your whitened teeth. Be sure to brush after every meal, floss daily, and have your teeth cleaned on a regular basis.


To request more information about how to keep your teeth their whitest, or to schedule a dental checkup and cleaning with Dr. Young, contact our Lafayette dentist office at 337-237-6453. We serve families living in Breaux Bridge, Broussard, Scott, Youngsville, and surrounding communities. Dr. Young also invites you to find us on Facebook, where you’ll find news, tips, and valuable resources.