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Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental procedure. Teeth whitening products include whitening toothpastes; over-the-counter gels, strips, and trays; and in-office whitening treatment.

Dr. Linn 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 while you are whitening your teeth.

Foods with Color
Avoid the following foods: Some examples include:

– Tomato Sauce
– Chili
– Carrots
– Blueberries
– Strawberries
– Red Meat
– Nacho chips

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

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

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:

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

We invite you to contact Oceanview Dental for further information about teeth whitening in Oceanside, California, and to schedule an appointment with our dentist.