5 Foods To Avoid After A Teeth Whitening

12 June 2017

You are over the moon with the results of your teeth whitening procedure. You had multiple teeth whitening and bleaching options, but wisely chose a professional to do the job. Regardless of your choice of teeth whitening options, there are still certain things you should do to maintain the brighter whiter smile you now possess.

Immediately after whitening your teeth can be especially susceptible to staining. Let’s look at some foods and drink to avoid after a teeth whitening.

Coffee And Tea

Many of us need that morning jolt of caffeine, but you would be wise to skip that cup for a few days. One problem is that caffeine dries out your mouth inviting in bacteria. Have you noticed the stains on your coffee mug? If you add flavourings, syrups and sugar to your coffee, those sticky substances will exacerbate the staining.

Some tea, especially black tea, contain high levels of tannin that will stain teeth. It is just good practice to always drink water or chew sugarless gum after having your dose of caffeine.

Red Wine

Even white wine can stain teeth over time, but drinking a glass or two of red wine will defeat all your efforts to maintain that bright smile. If you must drink red wine after teeth whitening, drink a glass of water simultaneously to reduce the effects. Even as time passes you would be smart to drink your merlot with a straw to avoid contact with your teeth.

Dark Sauces

Tomato sauce, soy sauce, dark gravies, and stews are all culprits. If you love Italian food, refrain for a bit after teeth whitening.

Many Fruits

Acidic fruits, like grapefruit and oranges (including orange juice), can prematurely stain your teeth. The acid breaks down the enamel and makes teeth more susceptible to stains. Stay away from lemonade, lemons and limes too.

Of course, dark fruits like blueberries should be avoided right after teeth whitening or bleaching. This also includes dark juices like grape, tomato, and cranberry. If you must drink them, use a straw.

One recommended fruit is bananas.

Cold Food And Drinks

You may be sensitive to very cold foods for the first 36 to 48 hours after teeth whitening or bleaching. Ice cream, iced drinks, frozen yogurt and ice water may cause some discomfort.

Rule Of Thumb

If it will stain a white napkin, don’t eat it. If it will stain a white dress or rug, don’t drink it. Even sports drinks, dark alcoholic beverages and colas will defeat all your efforts to maintain those pearly whites.

Drink lots of water, brush, and floss. These are your go-to ways to avoid stains.

With all the teeth whitening options out there,
consult with Oakville Dental Place to choose the best option for your teeth and gums.

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