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With summer finally here it is time to shine! At Kenneth Hancock DDS, Dr. Kenneth Hancock and our dedicated team have enjoyed helping many of our patients in Olympia, Washington area whiten their teeth to achieve beautiful smiles.

As summer brings with it social activities, road trips and visits to friends and family, you can make your smile look its best with tooth whitening treatments.

After your pearly have been whitened, you will want to care for them to keep stains away. Let’s look at which foods should you look out for that might stain your teeth.

— Beverages like soda, coffee, wine, and tea are refreshing but they can also stain your teeth, unfortunately. The same goes for fruit juices, such as cranberry or cherry. To help reduce contact with these drinks on your teeth, try drinking these through a straw whenever possible, and take the time to rinse your mouth with water afterward.

— Savory sauces such as tomato sauce and soy sauce are delicious but they can also stain your pearly whites. Your favorite curries and vinegar, such as balsamic, can also discolor your teeth. By eating crunchy fresh vegetables with these foods, however, you will help remove the staining of these sauces. It will help to rinse with water and brush well after eating these.

— Berries, although healthy and yummy, will also stain your teeth. Be wary of blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, and blackberries. It will help to drink water with these foods to help dilute their staining. But brushing and flossing after eating these will minimize their contact on tooth enamel.

After your teeth are whitened, maintaining your smile is simple. Just be mindful of what you eat and drink, take the time to rinse well with water afterward, and be sure to brush and floss daily.

You can support your daily oral hygiene with routine professional dental visits. Dr. Kenneth Hancock at Kenneth Hancock DDS, in Olympia, Washington, looks forward to helping you enjoy the summer season with a healthy, beautiful smile. Just call 360-464-2099 today!