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What to Eat & Not Eat After Whitening

teeth whitening

Things to avoid after whitening:

  1. Dark or strongly colored liquids:  Examples are tea, coffee, red wine, dark soda, tomato juice, colored sports beverages, etc. - try to stick to only water for 24 - 48 hours after whitening.

  2. Foods with natural or added colorants: Examples are beef, soy sauce, ketchup, bologna, and chocolate.

  3. Any item that fails the “white shirt test:” It’s best to avoid any food that would leave a visible stain on a white piece of clothing for the first 24 – 48 hours after whitening. NO red sauces (pizza, spaghetti, lasagna, salsa, BBQ, etc.)  Stick to "light" colored foods only for 24 - 48 hours after whitening. 

What Can I Eat After Whitening?

  • Meats like turkey, chicken, or white fish: Avoid any colored sauces or strong spices.

  • White rice, pasta, or bread: Eat these in limited amounts, as excess carb consumption can promote cavities.

  • Egg whites: Ditch the yolks unless they’re scrambled.

  • Potatoes: Don’t use ketchup with french fries.

  • Some fruits: Bananas are fine. Don’t eat berries of any kind, cherries, or acidic fruits (oranges, lemons, etc.).

  • Vegetables: Most vegetables are fine, but NO BEETS.

  • Dairy products: White cheeses, white yogurt, and milk are fine.

  • Nuts: Most nuts and seeds are fine.

Other Tips For Post-Whitening Period:

  1.  Brush your teeth as soon as you'd like after having them whitened - be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush at first and a low, or non-abrasive, toothpaste. You may want to use a formula designed for sensitive teeth.

  2. Drink all the plain water you like. This is good for ensuring adequate saliva production. Tap water is best as it usually contains fluoride. 

  3. Tobacco products and vaping devices can undo all of your positive results from teeth whitening. Your dentist can recommend new medications to help you kick the habit for good!

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