Whitening your teeth is a sensational feeling as you begin to feel more confident in your white smile. However, once the process is done, you will want to maintain that attractive smile, making sure it stays white and healthy and not originating back to its discoloured and stained status that you despised. Here are some initial things you should avoid after you have had your teeth whitened.
As your teeth can be left dehydrated immediately after your whitening procedure; which can make them susceptible to staining, it is best to avoid any tooth staining beverages such as red wine. Red wine is considered to be one of the most staining substances that can come into contact with your teeth because the high acidity levels can make your teeth sensitive to abrasion, and it would not make a good combination with your freshly dehydrated teeth. It is best to give your teeth a few days to rehydrate before consuming these beverages, and always brush your teeth before and after consuming red wine because it tends to cling to the plaque on your teeth, and once the stained colour has settled in, it can be difficult to get off.
It comes without saying that tobacco products should definitely be avoided immediately after your whitening process as it is one of the main contributors to teeth discolouration and staining. Smoking is the fastest way to re-stain your teeth and may even put them at risk of decay because the already dehydrated teeth may become further dehydrated causing permanent damage. Smoking in general has a negative impact on the health of your teeth and gums; but if you cannot resist, it is best to wait till your teeth have completely hydrated to minimise as much risk as possible.
Staining Ingredients and cuisines
We understand that sometimes it is hard to resist the temptations of certain foods; however, it is best to stay conscious about what you eat the following few days after your teeth whitening. Ingredients such as certain berries, beetroot, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar etc. are known to cause tooth stains and should be avoided along with cuisines such as curry and anything tomato-based like pasta. As a general rule if you are not too sure, stay away from foods and ingredients that have a strong intense colour such as black or red, and stick to foods like cheese and leafy greens because these contain high calcium which are good for your teeth.
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