Foods you should escape from when whitening your teeth

Foods you should escape from when whitening your teeth

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Whether going through a whitening treatment at the dentist or at home while using a whitening toothpaste, it's important that you take care of your daily food intake to maximize the longevity of your results.

Here’s a list of the most common foods you should avoid – at least during the first two weeks – to prevent tooth stain after your whitening treatment.

Coffee – are you a slave of that morning cuppa? You better start reviewing those habits. Unfortunately coffee is one of the most common causes of tooth staining. If you can’t resist, ensure that you always brush your teeth or rinse your mouth with water after drinking black coffee.

Chocolate – despite all the good health benefits, dark chocolate can ruin a newly whitened smile. You don’t need to cut it from your diet completely though, you can avoid only during the first 2 weeks of treatment.

Dark Sauces –tomato sauces, stews, soy and marinades can cause significant staining on your teeth. Check with your dentist for any dietary advice for the days after treatment.

Acidic Foods - there are also food types that should be avoided after teeth whitening to prevent sensitivity and pain. The bleaching agents used in whitening treatments weaken tooth enamel in the short term. Oranges, lemons, limes, pickles can increase the acidity of your saliva - harming your teeth.

Other aliments to avoid at least in the first month:

Grape drinks and colas

Blueberries

Spinach

Bright-colored chewing gum

Green Juice

Vinegar

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