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Bull Mountain:
(503) 968-6101

11815 SW King James Pl #10
Tigard, OR 97224 Map
(503) 906-8600

18035 SW Lwr Boones Ferry Rd
Tigard, OR 97224 Map

How to Boost Whitening Effectiveness

Posted on 4/30/2017 by Dr. Johnson
A patients smile before and after whitening treatment.
Discolored teeth are a huge source of self-consciousness for most people. After all, your smile is the first thing most people notice about you, and a less than perfect smile can give off an undesirable first impression. Whitening can give you back your bright white smile. Here's how to boost whitening effects and keep your teeth dazzling.

Types of Whitening

There are products available at your local stores to help you whiten your teeth. These products include gels and strips. Whitening at home often takes a little longer, as the ingredients in these products are not very strong, but they do provide you with the convenience of whitening in your own home.

You could also choose to have whitening done professionally. Your dentist could perform a treatment in office, or provide you with trays and a gel (stronger than what you can get at any store) to take home. These techniques tend to provide better results faster, as professional treatments have stronger ingredients.

Pick Your Foods Carefully

Whitening is not a permanent solution for discoloration. The same foods and beverages that stained your teeth in the first place - coffee, tea, red wine, tomato based foods, curries, etc. - can quickly get back to work and destroy the effects of your whitening.

Limit your consumption of these foods, and make sure to follow them with a glass of water. And foods such as apples, carrots and celery (those that are crunchy) can help to scrub surface stains right of your teeth while you eat them.

Use a Straw

Coffee, tea and other dark colored beverages, such as grape juice, are a prime source of tooth discoloration. Enjoy these drinks in moderation. You can also drink them through a straw when possible. This helps to bypass your teeth and limit contact.

Brush and Floss Regularly

While it might seem obvious, regular brushing and flossing are essential to boosting the effectiveness of your whitening treatment. Brushing helps to remove surface stains. An electric toothbrush, with its automatic rotations and vibrations, is especially effective in breaking up these stains.

And flossing removes food particles from between your teeth, which helps to brighten your smile as well as keeps your gums healthy. Make sure that you are brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once every day.

Taking steps now, while your teeth are at their whitest, will help you to maintain your smile's brilliance. Contact our office to ask about teeth whitening and what you can do to make it last.

Time to schedule your next appointment?

Call our Bull Mountain location at (503) 968-6101, our Bridgeport location at (503) 906-8600, or use our easy online scheduling form to set up your next visit quickly. On behalf of every dentist and team member at Total Health Dental, we look forward to helping you brighten the world with your smile.

Dr. Joel Fast
Dr. Rod Johnson

Bull Mountain (503) 968-6101

11815 SW King James Pl. #10
Tigard, OR 97224

Dr. John Holland

Bridgeport (503) 906-8600

18035 SW Lower Boones Ferry Rd.
Tigard, OR 97224


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