After receiving a teeth whitening treatment, you’ll be tempted to walk around smiling at strangers, dazzling them with your bright smile. Teeth whitening treatments can have a dramatic effect, revitalizing yellowed teeth to a brilliant white. A beautiful white smile can take years off your appearance, allow you to smile with confidence in social situations, and make you look more awake and happy. After all, our teeth are a window to our health, and having a dazzling smile tells the world that we take our health and hygiene seriously.

What you don’t want to do following a teeth whitening treatment is sabotage your results by eating foods that will undo the great results you’ve achieved. These foods are found everywhere, seeming innocent enough as they’re served to us in a to-go cup, but they can undermine our efforts to retain a glowing white smile.

If you really want to maintain the results of your whitening treatment, you should know what foods to avoid, especially in the first 48 hours following your treatment. During this phase, your teeth are more sensitive to discolouration, which means you should take extra care to avoid foods that could stain them.

Foods That Will Stain your Teeth After a Whitening Treatment:

Coffee

Life just isn’t the same without our morning brew, our afternoon pick-me-up or our evening espresso, but you’re better off avoiding coffee after a whitening treatment. Coffee is an acidic beverage, meaning it’s extra caustic to our tooth enamel. The dark colour of coffee doesn’t help; drinking coffee is essentially staining our teeth brown with every sip. Try drinking clear herbal tea after a teeth whitening treatment to replace the ritual of drinking coffee. It’s a good idea to take a break from caffeine now and again anyways, and your teeth will be spared coffee’s staining effects in the interim.

Red Wine

We weren’t joking when we said the best foods are the ones that can cause the most stains. You’ve likely experienced the staining power of red wine on your teeth before; after drinking a hearty Cabernet, your smile may have taken on a garnet hue. Drinking red wine might be a fantastic way to unwind (and contains cardiovascular and longevity benefits), but it is also one of the most staining beverages out there. Avoid alcohol altogether following a teeth whitening treatment. Alcohol attacks your tooth enamel with its acidity, and even white wine can leave a noticeable residue.

Soda

Soda, the nemesis of every dentist out there. It’s no wonder; the acidity from carbonation, its sugar content and amber colouring make it a nightmare for newly whitened teeth. If you really crave soda, opt for club soda and drink it with a straw.

Tomato Sauce

Tomato sauce stains everything; your clothes, your tablecloths, a toddler’s face and most definitely your teeth. While tomato sauce is a very healthy choice in most respects, it’s not the best choice for your teeth post-whitening. The acidity of tomatoes and their vibrant red colouring leave their mark on whitened teeth. Don’t undo the hard work of your dentist with spaghetti and marinara. A white cream sauce is a better choice to maintain your treatment’s results.

Blueberries

Blueberries: healthy, delicious, and full of antioxidants. However, they also stain the daylights out of everything they come into contact with.

Your whitened teeth are like a blank canvas, and eating blueberries will muddy them up immediately. Blueberries carry plant pigments and are an acidic fruit, which makes them dangerous for newly whitened teeth. Enjoy blueberries a week or so after you undergo a teeth whitening. Until then, apples are the safer fruit choice.

Now, what to eat? Base your diet around these foods to keep your whitened teeth looking their best:

  • Rice
  • Yogurt
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Porridge
  • Bananas
  • Coconut
  • Bread
  • Sushi
  • Deli meats
  • Rice pudding
  • Milk
  • Vanilla-based ice creams

After a few days, you can begin to re-introduce staining foods back into your diet. Indulging in them immediately after treatment, however, will negate your time, effort and money spent getting that amazing white smile. Red wine can wait; your smile deserves it.

Dawson Dental offers trusted dental professionals across the GTA and Ontario. We have several clinics within the city of Toronto, making it easy to find service wherever you’re located. We are passionate about patient care, education and maintaining relationships that support dental health for a lifetime.

To book your next appointment call Dawson Dental at 1-877-542-2043 or contact us here.

Spring cleaning applies to many things: your household, your wardrobe, your finances, even your diet. But what about your teeth? Surely your smile deserves some spring cleaning as well. If you want to be looking and feeling your best, don’t neglect that grin. Your smile radiates your confidence, hygiene and attitude to the world. Sprucing up your smile is the finishing touch to a complete spring self-renovation.

Here are some tips for refreshing your smile while you’re clearing out the cobwebs in other areas of your life. They’re simple and easy to remember but will make a major difference in the state of your oral health.

Replace your Toothbrush

Has your toothbrush seen better days? Are its bristles sporting a permanent case of bedhead? It’s time to change it up. Old toothbrushes can harbour bacteria, defeating the purpose of brushing in the first place. A new toothbrush with gentle, soft bristles will give you an effective clean without damaging your enamel. If you use an electric toothbrush, replace the head — you should be replacing it every two to three months anyway.

Stock Up On Mouthwash

A complete oral hygiene routine includes brushing, flossing and mouthwash. Mouthwash refreshes your whole mouth and gets rid of excess bacteria that can lead to bad breath and cavities. Make sure you have an ample supply of mouthwash in your favourite flavour so that you’re more likely to use it each and every time you brush.

Clean your Tongue

Your tongue is one of the strongest muscles in the body and does a lot of work in your day to day life. Because it plays such a large part in eating and drinking, food buildup can occur and cause tongue discolouration and malodorous breath. Definitely not what you want for a refreshed mouth!

Purchase a special tongue scraper for removing the film on your tongue. It’s more effective than using just your toothbrush and easier to use. Cleaning off your tongue will make a huge difference to the overall feel and scent of your mouth.

Take a Look at your Diet

Diet has a huge impact on the condition of our mouths. Unfortunately, some of the tastiest foods happen to be the worst for our smiles. We’re looking at you, coffee, red wine and chocolate.

In addition to the aforementioned culprits, some bad foods for your mouth are black tea, soda, fruit juices, gravy, balsamic vinegar, dark berries and tomato sauce. A good rule of thumb is if it’ll stain your shirt, it’ll stain your teeth. Of course, it’s impossible to avoid all these foods all the time, and we wouldn’t recommend you give up the amazing health benefits of foods such as berries just to have teeth a shade whiter. Just be mindful that eating too much of these foods will leave their mark on your teeth. Limit these foods, and immediately brush your teeth after eating them.

Quit Smoking

Smoking is all-around awful for your health, so spring cleaning your smile is a great reason to cut this habit. Smoking yellows your teeth, causes gum disease and creates horrible breath. You can’t truly refresh your smile if you’re still smoking, so try your best to quit or at least cut back.

Quitting smoking helps repair your heart and blood vessels, reduces your risk of lung cancer, will improve the condition of your skin and add years to your life expectancy. Even your sense of taste will improve, as smoking dulls and alters the taste buds. You’ll be amazed at the difference in your health, your oral hygiene and your quality of life by eliminating this detrimental habit.

Book a Check-up

Do you know the best thing you can do for an oral spring cleaning? Book an appointment with your dentist. By booking a dental appointment, trained professionals can take a thorough look at the state of your mouth, informing you of any issues that may have popped up over the winter. They’ll clean and polish your teeth with professional-grade equipment, revealing your freshest and healthiest smile. A short visit to the dentist can do wonders to improve your dental health, yielding better results than what you can achieve at home.

Finishing your spring cleaning is a great feeling; the cobwebs of winter are swept away, allowing you to take on the spring and summer seasons with a fresh perspective and lightened burden. Likewise, a comprehensive cleaning is essential for a truly refreshed smile. Nothing is better than a healthy and gleaming mouth, one that’s taken care of with a multi-faceted, professional approach.

Dawson Dental offers trusted dental professionals across the GTA and Ontario. We have several clinics within the city of Toronto, making it easy to find service wherever you’re located. We are passionate about patient care, education and maintaining relationships that support dental health for a lifetime.

To book your next appointment call Dawson Dental at 1-877-542-2043 or contact us here.