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6 Foods and Drinks You Should Avoid After Teeth Whitening

Many people all over the world want to have a perfect snow-white smile. In order to get it, some people perform in-office teeth whitening, while others prefer home whitening kits. However, there is one question that unites all of them. How to maintain your teeth whiteness?

Many dentists recommend using tooth whitening toothpastes. However, they wouldn’t be effective if you will consume foods and drinks that can cause tooth discoloration. In this article, we gathered six foods and drinks you should avoid after teeth whitening.

1. Red wine

Despite the fact that red wine has a lot of health benefits, it can easily dye your tooth enamel. Moreover, it can create ridges on teeth that can develop into tooth decay over time. If you don’t want to refuse wine at all, you can try to replace red wine with white. Hard cheese and other solid foods can also remove wine from your teeth. One more effective method that helps eliminate the negative effect of red wine is to drink plain water. 

2. Chocolate and ice-cream

Chocolate can lead to the enamel darkening. Dark and milk chocolate contain coca that creates a dark firm on your teeth. Ice cream usually contains artificial food colorings and chemical components that can lead to micro-cracks and teeth stains. Moreover, all these products contain sugar that causes tooth decay.

3. Acidic fruit

Acidic fruit themselves can lead to enamel weakening. But when you perform a teeth whitening procedure, you expose your teeth to aggressive chemicals. Consuming acidic fruit (especially, citrus fruit) can aggravate the condition of tooth enamel and irritate gums at the same time. You should also know that it is not recommended to brush your teeth after acidic foods because you can easily scratch the enamel. To stay on the safe side, it is better to brush your teeth at least 30 minutes after the last piece of fruit.

4. Dark berries

After teeth whitening, you should avoid consumption of dark berries like blueberries, blackberries, cherries, cranberries, and currants. These berries contain a lot of natural colorings. If you have microcracks or ridges on your teeth, these colorings can penetrate your enamel and leave stains on it. 

5. Coffee and tea

People whoa re fond of coffee often have a yellow or brownish plaque on their teeth. This a result of cocoa butter, heavy carbohydrates and sugars contained in coffee. You should also know that instant coffee affects tooth enamel more significantly than ground coffee. You can reduce the effect of coffee on teeth by diluting it with milk or water. It would also be beneficial to limit your coffee consumption to one cup per day.

Tea contains tannins and, as well as coffee, can stain your teeth in a tan shade. Tea in bags is even more harmful for your teeth. It contains a lot of different artificial components that can to stains on your pearly whites. Moreover, there is no significant difference between green and black tea in terms of tooth discoloration.

6. Spices and souses

Many spices that have a yellow or brown tint can also stain your teeth. Moreover, tomato-based sauces are also harmful to teeth due to the bright color and high acid content. It is also recommended to avoid soy and mustard sauce.

The bottom line

This list of foods and drinks can’t be considered full. There are a lot of other products that can harm your teeth. If you want to save the shade of your just whitened teeth, you should pay attention to the composition indicated on the label of any product. This means that dyes can be found in meat products, canned goods, dairy products, etc. 

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