You can’t put a price tag on a beautiful smile, but your pearly whites might discolor over the years. You don’t need to feel insecure about stains any longer because you’re ready to invest in a professional whitening treatment. You’ll turn back the clock by getting your teeth as much as 8 shades brighter to look younger and give your confidence a boost. You won’t want anything to tarnish your new smile, like dark foods after teeth whitening. Here are 5 foods you’ll want to avoid to keep your smile bright.
1. Acidic Foods
Acidic foods and drinks are never good for your teeth because they can erode your enamel. Not only will they increase your risk of cavities but also tooth discoloration because your yellowish dentin will be visible through your enamel. Acidic foods are cause for additional concerns if you’ve recently whitened your teeth. Since they can weaken your enamel, they can also increase your risk of tooth sensitivity. It’s best to limit how often you have citrus fruits, tomatoes, pickled foods, and processed meats to preserve your enamel.
2. Darkly Pigmented Beverages
Dark-colored drinks like coffee, tea, and soda can stain your newly restored teeth. The dark pigments can get trapped in the pores of your enamel. If you can’t skip your morning cup of coffee or your afternoon tea, drink it through a straw to limit its contact with your teeth. Rinse your mouth with water after finishing your drink.
3. Dark Sauces
It can be difficult to determine which foods can stain your teeth. As a rule of thumb, don’t regularly consume anything that might stain a white shirt, including dark sauces. Soy sauce, tomato sauce, mustard, and vinaigrette dressings can leave unwanted residue on your teeth, causing them to discolor quicker.
4. Dark Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are loaded with the vitamins and nutrients your mouth and body need to stay healthy. Unfortunately, berries, beets, and carrots can stain your teeth. You don’t want to cut dark fruits and vegetables from your diet. Instead, step up your oral hygiene routine to protect safeguard against stains.
5. Red Wine
If you love a glass of wine with dinner, you might want to consider reaching for something lighter next time. Red wine can cause your teeth to develop a purplish hue. It’s especially important you avoid it for 24 to 48 hours after your whitening treatment. If you need a refreshing drink, it’s always best to choose water whenever possible.
Don’t let anything leave a lasting mark on your bright smile. You can ensure your teeth stay bright for many years by making a few simple dietary changes.
About Dr. John A. Carollo
Dr. Carollo earned his dental degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Over his 30-year career, he has completed advanced training in many specialties, like cosmetic dentistry. He can help you achieve the beautiful smile you deserve with teeth whitening. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.