7 Things To Avoid After Whitening Your Teeth

In today’s society, having white teeth has almost become an obsession. Every day, there are new gadgets and products that claim to whiten and brighten teeth. However, even though having whiter teeth has many advantages, professional teeth whitening is worth the extra money because it lasts much longer than doing it at-home.

Within the days following your treatment, it is crucial to avoid consuming certain foods, beverages, and products that can stain teeth in order to safeguard your newly freshened smile from Sunlake Dental in Newmarket.

7 Things To Avoid After Whitening Your Teeth

1.       Avoid drinking beverages that are strongly colored following whitening treatments, such as: Red wine, coffee and carbonated drinks all have the potential to stain teeth because of the bright or artificial color they contain. Consider using a straw to drink any coloured drinks; Straws help avoid liquids from getting direct contact to your tooth’s enamel, keeping your smile whiter for longer.

2.       After whitening your teeth, you should avoid a wide range of stain-causing foods, just as you would avoid certain beverages. Acidic, greasy, and/or colored  foods can stain your teeth and damage your enamel.

3.       Following whitening your teeth, avoid the following foods, along with some examples of each:

  • Sauces with a dark color (such as balsamic vinegar, red sauce, and soy sauce)
  • Spices with color, like curry, paprika, turmeric, and so on
  • Fruits with a high acidity (lemons, oranges, limes, etc.)
  • Berries with a lot of color, such as blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries
  • Vegetables with color, such as spinach, tomatoes, and carrots
  • Candy with natural and artificial colors

4.       Using tobacco products is not only bad for your oral health as a whole, but it is also one of the easiest ways to stain or re-stain your tooth’s enamel. In comparison to people who don’t use tobacco products, smokers and chewers are likely to find that they need extra dentist’s visits on a regular basis to keep their smile white. Not only is it good for your health to stop smoking and/or chewing, but it also helps keep your teeth white.

5.       Avoid colored dental hygiene products, such as toothpaste and mouthwash, in the time following your teeth whitening treatment. Products that are white or lightly coloured are less likely to stain teeth than those that are blue, red, orange, or purple. After whitening, you might also notice that your teeth are a little bit numb. To get rid of this common symptom, try using toothpaste and mouthwash that are made for sensitive teeth. Discuss your available options with your dentist at Sunlake Dental.

6.       You should also avoid acidic and sugary foods after the teeth whitening treatment. As previously stated, the whitening treatment weakens your teeth’s “pores,” or tubules. Sugar and foods that are acidic will make weaken the enamel. Sugar in these foods harms the teeth’s natural structure, so you should avoid them. They might make the bacteria that cause decay to grow on the teeth, which could cause pain and staining. Additionally, food coloring is present in the majority of foods that contain artificial sugar, such as candy and ice cream. Additionally, avoiding chewy foods will reduce damage risk. Stains may develop if the chewy food gets stuck on the teeth’s surface.

7.       Eating or drinking foods or drinks that are too hot or cold is another mistake that a lot of people make after getting their teeth whitened. There is a reasonable expectation that there will be some degree of sensitivity following the teeth whitening procedure. You should stay away from anything that might get too hot during this time. It’s possible that some people’s teeth won’t even tolerate anything above lukewarm.


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