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Arguably, a smile is the first thing you notice when you meet someone new. That means that the reverse is likely also true. When you meet someone, he or she probably notices your smile right away.

Unfortunately, several factors can detract from your radiant smile and lead to a less impressive first impression. In many instances, your smile can lose some of its luster because of factors you have no control over, like aging, some illnesses, and certain medications. Fortunately, our dentist is happy to offer a professional cleaning to help you attain a smile that makes a good first impression.

Teeth whitening is safe, noninvasive, and extremely popular. In fact, more than 100 million Americans have enjoyed the benefits of teeth whitening. However, there are a few rules you should follow when you do have teeth whitening, including:

1. Avoid colored foods
Some of the foods that you should avoid are red meats, popsicles, chocolate, tomato sauce, soy sauce, carrots, strawberries, blueberries, candy, and spinach. If this important rule is ignored, your teeth may become discolored. For example, your smile could take on green and purple tones. When your teeth are being whitened, they tend to be more vulnerable to stains and discolored teeth.

2. Stay away from sports drinks and dark beverages
Clear beverages are fine, but many juices (like grape, tomato, and carrot) can discolor your teeth. We also recommend that you avoid coffee, tea, and sports drinks.

3. Refrain from acidic food and drinks.
Sometimes, with teeth whitening, your gums may become sensitive or your lips could become irritated. This is a result of the solution our team uses to whiten your teeth. Usually, these side effects are short-lived, lasting for no more than two days. However, during this time period, acidic foods, such as oranges and other acidic fruits, can cause sting and your mouth. Vinegar and vitamin water can also have the same effect.

If you follow these instructions, you can have the beautiful smile you want. If you would like more information, please feel free to give us a call.