Tooth whitening is has been growing in popularity in recent years because it’s considered an excellent way to minimize stains and brighten up your smile. If you’re thinking about getting your teeth whitened, it’s a good idea to adhere to particular diet restrictions in order to prolong the whitening effects of the procedure. Here is a list of foods to avoid after tooth whitening:
When you have your teeth whitened, you may feel sensitivity to acidic foods and drinks, which can lead to discomfort and sometimes pain when you eat. To help reduce sensitivity, it’s a good idea to avoid citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, limes, pineapple and grapefruit. These foods can increase acid build up in your saliva, which has the potential to damage the surfaces of your teeth affected by whitening chemicals. If you do eat them, it’s best to brush and rinse your mouth thoroughly afterward.
Foods That Stain
If it will stain a white shirt, it will likely stain your teeth. Steer clear of dark chocolate, beets, tomato sauces, dark stews, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, blueberries and Indian food – all of these have the potential to stain your teeth. It’s also a good idea to avoid drinking coffee, tea and red wine for a few days after treatment. Opt instead for milk, water or other clear liquids. And if you do drink dark beverages, use a straw to lessen the liquid’s contact with your teeth.
Cold Foods and Drinks
For a couple of days after your session, stay away from cold foods like ice cream and frozen yogurt, as well as drinks like ice water. Instead, consume foods and drinks that are at least at room temperature or warmer.
Apart from foods that can mess with your tooth whitening treatment, you should also avoid smoking cigarettes, as the nicotine content can stain and blacken your teeth.
If you are interested in learning more about tooth whitening, we welcome the opportunity to meet with you. To schedule an appointment, please contact Scott T. LeSueur, DDS & Charles A Dodaro, DDS online or by calling our Mesa office at (480) 834-6991 today. We serve Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, and all surrounding Arizona communities.