Tooth whitening treatment can make a world of difference, but it’s your job to make sure your teeth stay nice and bright afterwards. Common foods and beverages can reverse the effects of your treatment, and you’ll have to go to your dentist again to brighten up your smile once more. Here is a look at some foods to avoid after tooth whitening treatment.
Eating a balanced diet helps protect your teeth from decay and bolster your overall health. Unfortunately, certain foods that are good for you will also leave residue and strong pigments behind on your teeth. It’s slightly counterintuitive to think that healthy fruits like blueberries and strawberries could be bad for your smile, since they’re packed with antioxidants. It’s their strong color, however, that threatens the results of your whitening treatment. Try to drink berry smoothies and wash your mouth out with water when you’re done if you want to reap the health benefits without sacrificing your smile.
Coffee and Wine
One helps you wake up in the morning, and the other helps you relax at the end of the day. Coffee and wine are both popular beverages, but they are at the top of the list in terms of drinks that can stain your teeth. Try to control your coffee intake, and keep your wine drinking to no more than one glass per day, and consider switching to white wine or rose. As is the case with berries, it helps to flush out your mouth with water after consuming these beverages.
Tomato sauce is delicious, but it’s also acidic and strongly colored. Drink water with your pasta, and consider a side of salad or vegetables that will scrub your teeth as you go.
Your tooth whitening results won’t stick if you don’t continue to take care of your teeth, so know what foods to avoid and see your Tucson dentist for cleanings. Call Manela Dental at (520) 744-2039 or stop by and visit our dental office.