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6 Foods And Drinks To Avoid After Teeth Whitening

12 Nov, 2015

6 Foods And Drinks To Avoid After Teeth Whitening

If you have just had your teeth whitened, you certainly don't want to mess up those pearly whites by going back to the same foods that gave you stained teeth in the first place. You'll want to avoid these top foods so that you can maintain that white smile for as long possible. You don't have to avoid them forever, but avoiding them for as long as possible is probably good advice. This is a list of the top 6 food/drink that you should avoid like the plaque for up to three days after having your teeth cleaned and whitened by a professional.

Any Dark Liquid - This is probably a no-brainer, but any dark beverage like coffee, tea, cola or red wine should be avoided directly after teeth whitening. For up to three days afterward, your teeth still need to harden again and they can absorb anything that you put on them. Avoid juices that come from cherries, grapes, tomatoes, peaches, raspberries, cranberries, blackberries and even soy sauce. The best thing that you can do for your teeth after whitening is use a straw to drink any and all beverages. This way the liquid will mostly bypass your front teeth.
Very Hot/Cold Liquids - Your teeth can change temperature at a very fast pace. This change in temperature causes your teeth to expand and contract. When they expand and contract, they increase the possibility of picking up more stains from whatever is being put on them.
Staining Foods - By using a little thought power, it can be pretty easy to determine what kind of foods are going to stain your teeth. Muffins with any of the above mentioned berries should be avoided. Sauces and marinades that contain balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, beets, Spanish or Indian foods.
Dark Foods - This means that you should really avoid dark soups and stews. Dark chocolate or even milk chocolate can stain your teeth, so although it may be hard to resist, try your hardest.
Acidic Foods - Anything acidic should be avoided. These kinds of foods are going to eat away at the enamel on your teeth and discolor while they do.
Bacteria Causing Foods - This consists of sweets, like chocolate and desserts, and anything sticky. These can easily attract bacteria to your teeth and do real damage to them.

Since it is not a food, it is not in the list, but smoking falls under things to avoid as well. If you find that you just can't resist eating the foods that are listed here, be sure to thoroughly rinse out your mouth after eating to lessen the amount of stain that remains on your teeth. This doesn't mean eat and rinse all day, but recommit to avoiding these foods after you have slipped. You just need to be mindful of everything that's going into your mouth so your hard earned money and the work that's gone into your teeth isn't put to waste. It's only a couple of days, you will last.


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