Watch what you eat after dental bleaching

  • Jan 23 , 2017

Teeth whitening or dental bleaching is a popular procedure of restoring whiteness of the stained teeth, in the world of cosmetic dentistry. Teeth are mainly susceptible to staining in the days immediately after a whitening session and adjusting your eating habits after the procedure can help keep your teeth white.

Fruits and vegetables such as apples, green beans, cauliflower, carrots and celery help scrub your teeth while you chew. They also help to promote the flow of saliva, which neutralises acids and protects teeth. Dairy products, especially which are rich in calcium and cheese also helps to keep teeth white. Lactic acid of these dairy products helps prevent decay. People should avoid foods and other products that stain teeth.

Different foods that likely stain your teeth include:

  • Staining foods: Dark chocolate, dark soups, stews, beets, tomato sauces, dark marinades, soy sauce and blueberries are the culprit foods that needs to be avoided.
  • Dark beverages: Coloured beverages can leave stains on your freshly whitened smile. Avoid drinking coffee. Dark soft drinks, tea, and red wine for several days after undertaking teeth whitening session. Coloured juices such as grape juice, tomato juice, cranberry juice and orange juice might also stain your teeth.
  • Acidic food: The procedure of teeth whitening can leave teeth temporarily sensitive to acidic foods and drinks, causing pain and discomfort while eating. So, it is important to avoid low-pH items such as oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes, vinegar, pickles, and soft drinks.

Bleaching is an effective method for whitening teeth but can cause a short-term effect of sensitivity. Too many chemicals involved in the process can lead to permanent damage. So, before you go for bleaching or use teeth whitening kit, consult your dentist and take precautions seriously.