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Whitened Teeth Need Special Care


Do Whitened Teeth Need Special Care?

Whitened teeth, if given a bleaching treatment in-office, do need to be cared for after the process to ensure that they stay gleaming and bright. Therefore, you need to make a commitment after you get teeth whitened. This includes taking special precaution to avoid foods that can discolor or stain your teeth.


What an In-office Whitening Entails

When you have your teeth whitened, you can get a whiter and brighter smile that is at least 5 shades whiter. Therefore, you will love your newfound whiter smile. However, to keep your pearly whites their whitest, you have to forego some beverages and foods. Make sure to be careful when you consume them.


What Foods and Drinks Stain and Discolor the Teeth

Foods and drinks that will leave their mark on the teeth include coffee, chocolate, soy sauce, tomato-based foods, wine (both red and white), and foods, such as citrus and dark berries. Therefore, you need to be careful about consuming these foods and drinks, as they can cause your whitened teeth to fade.


If you do eat or drink a food or beverage that adds to problems with staining, make sure you rinse your mouth with water right away. Also, it helps, if you drink coffee, to use a straw. This will direct the liquid toward the back of the mouth so it will not come into contact with your whitened teeth.

After you rinse your teeth, wait about an hour before brushing them. You don’t want to brush them right away, as doing so can lead to erosion and cause staining or decay. Therefore, play it safe and wait to brush for about 60 minutes.


How Can I Fix This?

You can always opt to eat foods that do not produce stains. Foods such as mashed potatoes, unflavored yogurt, leafy greens, most veggies, and strawberries decrease stains. Strawberries are the only berries that will not cause stains on the teeth. Also, make sure to avoid sugary snacks and avoid eating hard or crunchy candies. These foods can lead to more severe dental problems, such as cracks or chips. That is something you don’t want to experience, especially if you have just had your teeth cosmetically whitened.


Make sure you follow a routine of regular dental care as well. Brush your teeth at least twice daily and floss at least one a day to keep your teeth bright!


Contact Us!

You will find that getting your teeth  whitened will make you feel more confident about smiling. Our experienced dental team is always willing to give you answers to any dental questions about teeth whitening services. To schedule an appointment for a dental  exam and consultation, contact Holman Family Dentistry.  Make sure to follow us on Facebook.

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