4 Food Items You Must Avoid to Maintain White Teeth

Just because you have recently whitened your teeth does not mean you should subject your teeth to all kinds of food. Some foods will stain your teeth, turn them back to the state they were in before the whitening process.

Teeth whitening is no cheap procedure by any means; neither is it permanent. To protect your investment and ensure that your teeth remain stunning and white, here are the food products you must try and avoid:

Staining foods

Although it may sound obvious not to eat foods that can cause stains, not many people know what types of food actually do this. Such food items include dark sauces, red meat, turmeric and other spices, blueberries, and even vegetables like carrots. Of course, many other foods do this, but here is a good rule of thumb to follow. If it stains your fingers, it will more than likely stain your teeth! 

If you must eat any of the above food, then try and limit your consumption. Gargle with water after eating and maintain healthy oral habits if possible to prevent stains.

Coloured drinks

Much like the foods above, there are drinks that have colours that can easily stain your teeth. Such drinks include coffee, beer, fruit juice, and soda—all examples of strongly coloured drinks. If you must have any of the drinks, try and drink them through a straw. This will help the liquid stay far away from the teeth, ensuring your teeth remain white.

Tobacco products

Tobacco products are generally harmful to your oral health and the rest of your body. However, if that is not enough of a reason to lay off such products, then stained teeth might. Smoking or chewing tobacco can cause intense discolouration. Those that smoke or chew the substance often generally need more intensive whitening treatments. 

If you need more than just health reasons to stop using such products, then make maintaining your pearly whites your main goal.

Coloured dental products

While it may not make sense, some dental products can actually stain your teeth. Most of these products include mouthwash and toothpaste, many of which show up in colours of purple, red, blue, and the likes. Avoid these types of dental products and opt for clear or white ones. Also, since the whitening treatment can leave your teeth quite sensitive, toothpaste or mouthwash for sensitive teeth can alleviate the symptoms.

Conclusion

If at all possible, try to limit or avoid many of the staining food, drinks, and products mentioned above. Items like tobacco and sodas should be avoided anyway simply because they are not good for your oral and overall health. 

Just be sure, if you do eat or drink anything that can easily stain, to rinse your mouth with water right away. Paired with a good oral hygiene routine, you will be able to prevent stains. These efforts can reduce the chances of stains and allow your teeth to remain stunningly white for as long as possible

H Williams & Associates is a private dental and medical service provider in Orpington. If you are looking for a dental clinic for teeth-whitening services, schedule an appointment with us today!