Foods to Avoid After a Teeth Whitening Procedure

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It’s possible to brighten up your smile thanks to professional teeth whitening. While the results of teeth whitening treatments are powerful and long-lasting, you can stretch them out even longer by avoiding certain foods after your treatment. Below are four different foods you should avoid after a teeth whitening procedure, and some foods you should load up on.


1. Sugar

Sugar is really bad for your teeth — and it doesn’t matter the form, whether it’s candy, cookies, pastries, or breads. That’s because plaque feeds on sugar and releases a harmful acid afterwards, weakening your enamel and giving your teeth a duller, yellower appearance. It’s best to stay away from sugar in general, but especially after a teeth whitening procedure.


2. Foods with colorants

Foods like chocolate, ketchup, and soy sauce contain colorants, which can stain your teeth. It’s best to steer clear of them to keep your results intact.


3. Acidic foods and beverages

Sour candies, citrus fruits, and beverages like soda, tea, coffee, and wine are all high in acid, which can easily damage your enamel and have a negative impact on your results.


4. Dark fruits

Blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries can stain very easily. You probably already know this if you’ve ever stained your clothes while eating them! It’s best to avoid them after you’ve had a whitening procedure, because they can visibly stain your teeth.


Foods you can eat after a whitening procedure

Understandably it’s difficult to always avoid foods that can stain your teeth. Drinking water while you are eating and rinsing your mouth afterwards can help reduce staining. And of course, there are many great foods you can eat that won’t stain your teeth!

  1. Protein-rich foods, like white fish and chicken
  2. White rice
  3. Potatoes
  4. Egg whites
  5. Milk and light cheeses

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