According to Iqaluit Dental Clinic, teeth whitening is a very popular dental procedure to restore your white smile. It’s cheap, effective and doesn’t take a lot of time. However, to keep your teeth white, there are certain things you need to avoid after the procedure. Let’s check them out.
- Avoid coloured food and beverages – The first three days are crucial after going through a tooth whitening procedure. If you eat any coloured food or beverage during this period, your teeth will stain very easily. Stick to regular water and avoid beverages like coffee, tea, red wine, beer, tomato juice, coloured pasta sauce, smoothies and other such drinks or liquids that may have strong pigments.
The same holds for coloured food. Certain food items and ingredients have more pigments that can easily stain your teeth during that three-day period. You also need to stay away from vibrant food that is artificially pigmented or has too much grease. These include milk chocolate, dark chocolate, mango, kiwi, tomatoes, carrots, ketchup, soy sauce, plum, red meat, beet, raspberries, spinach, and staining spices like paprika, curry or turmeric.
- Avoid sugary and acidic foods – The teeth whitening procedure weakens the tubules or pores on your teeth. Those pores and the structure of your teeth would take a few days or even weeks to recover. During that period, you should avoid sugary and acidic food that can weaken the structure of your teeth and make them more susceptible to staining. The same holds for chewy food that can easily get stuck to the surface of your teeth. Avoid things like candy, cookies, ice cream, lemon, orange, all types of vinegar, lime and dark sodas or soft drinks.
- Avoid tobacco products – Tobacco products like cigarette smoke and chewing tobacco are major causes of teeth staining. They are especially more dangerous after the teeth whitening process. Patients who use tobacco products and are unable to avoid them the few days after the teeth whitening process would need more touch-ups for their teeth whitening treatment. That’s why you need to cut out tobacco products, at least for a few days after the teeth whitening procedure. You can also treat this as a challenge to quit tobacco for good and improve your overall health.
- Avoid coloured dental hygiene products – During the first few days of your teeth whitening treatment, make sure to avoid all kinds of coloured dental hygiene products. This includes the most basic dental hygiene products like mouthwash and toothpaste. Avoid toothpaste that comes in vibrant colours like red, orange, blue or purple. Buy a small pack of regular unflavored white toothpaste for the first few days. Ditch mouthwashes entirely for the first few days.
Iqaluit Dental Clinic suggests that you avoid the above-mentioned things after teeth whitening. Even if teeth whitening is a relatively inexpensive dental procedure, it still costs money, and the entire process is redundant if you start eating and drinking coloured food right after the procedure.