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Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental procedure. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry found that what most people would like to improve about their smile is the shade of their teeth.

Dr. Susan A. Vanstone and our team stress the importance of avoiding certain foods and beverages when you’re whitening your teeth. A general rule to follow is: if a food would stain white linen, it will also stain your teeth. This is especially the case when your teeth are in the vulnerable transition of being whitened. There are three main types of food and beverages that you should avoid during the teeth whitening process.

Foods with Color
Foods with color can stain your pearly whites. Some examples include:

– Chocolate (white chocolate is OK)
– Blueberries
– Strawberries
– Tomato Sauce
– Chili
– Carrots
– Red Meat
– Nacho chips

Dark Drinks & Sports Drinks
Clear and light beverages are fine, but avoid the following:

– Carrot Juice
– Colas
– Gatorade
– Coffee
– Tea
– Tomato Juice

Acidic Foods & Drinks
Teeth whitening can cause temporary tooth sensitivity and gum irritation. Because of this, acidic foods can cause further irritation to the gums and increase tooth sensitivity. For about 48 hours after in-office teeth whitening or a few hours after at-home teeth whitening, avoid the following:

– Vitamin water
– Sports drinks
– Acidic foods, like citrus fruit
– Vinegar

We invite you to contact Great Grins for further information about teeth whitening in Richmond, Kentucky, and to schedule an appointment with our dentist.