After finally making the decision to get teeth whitening in Waco from your dentist at Premier Family Dental, you need to know how to maintain your results. Our quick, dramatic results almost seem unreal—and you want to keep your teeth that way! Dr. Cofer understands wanting to keep your teeth as bright and shiny as possible. That’s why we developed this list of foods and drinks you should avoid after having your teeth whitened.
1. Black Coffee and Tea
Coffee may help make your morning fatigue fade, but a black cup of coffee is one of the worst staining drinks for your teeth. Same goes for black tea, but there are some alternatives that you can try. The lighter the drink the less likely it is to stain your teeth. Try adding low-fat milk (a substance that has good nutrients for your teeth) to lighten up your cup of coffee or try a green tea that may be lighter. This means that it has less staining abilities. (Fun fact: green tea has antimicrobial properties that help clean your mouth!)
2. Red Wine
If you’ve ever looked in the mirror and smiled after sipping a glass of cabernet sauvignon, you’ve seen the darkening results resting on your teeth. Positively though, red wine is good for your overall health and heart. It can reduce inflammation, helping to prevent gum disease. It’s important to monitor your indulgences and enjoy a glass of water after wine to rinse your mouth.
All sodas aren’t necessarily good for your diet, but especially dark sodas are bad for your oral health. They are high in sugar, breaking down protective properties in your teeth. The dark color causes staining, and even the temperature can take a toll on your teeth. If a soda is very hot or very cold, your mouth can experience minor tooth pain from sensitivity. Opt for soda water instead for the same fun, bubbly feeling.
4. Blueberries and Beets
Although berries are a part of nature’s super foods, the dark blue stains teeth. These berries are great for your health because they are jam packed with antioxidants, but the juice from them are so dark and strong that people have even used the juice from blueberries as ink. Same goes for beets. If you’ve ever even touched a beet, you know how powerful their staining ability. If you want to indulge by eating some healthy berries or bright red veggies, be sure to swirl your mouth with water afterward or brush your teeth.
5. Dark Sauces
A lot of people love spaghetti, pizza, and curry dishes, but unfortunately, they’re not the best foods to keep your teeth bright. Not only are tomato sauces and curries highly saturated in color, but they’re also acidic—a deadly combination for your tooth enamel.
Visit Premier Family Dental
Over the years, it’s natural for your enamel to darken and become stained. Premier Family Dental offers whitening services from your cosmetic dentist in Waco, but we also offer preventive services like routine dental appointments to keep your teeth bright after your whitening. Contact our office today to keep your teeth dazzling and bright!