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What To Eat After Getting Teeth Whitening

Updated on May 17, 2011

What To Eat After Getting Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening can help give you the confidence you need by giving you back your white smile. It can be an expensive procedure, whether it is performed by a dentist or at home with a kit. This is why it is important to know what you should and should not eat after you have a teeth whitening procedure done.

After you go through a whitening procedure, your mouth will be more susceptible to stains within the first 24 hours. However, there are certain factors that can stain at any time and knowing what they are can help you to keep your smile whiter. Some of the products that are safe to consume after whitening include milk, bananas, yogurt, cottage cheese and plain turkey breasts. The idea is to choose products that are naturally white in color to avoid staining.

It is also important to know what foods you should stay away from after teeth whitening. The main thing you need to avoid is dark foods that can stain your teeth. This includes fruits such as blueberries and blackberries. Coffee and dark sodas are also detrimental as well. It is also important to remember to stay away from foods that have food coloring in them after your procedure as they can dye your mouth that color.

You should also be aware that when you have a teeth whitening procedure done, your enamel will be softer, which is part of the reason they are more likely to be stained. This also causes them to sensitive to temperatures. This is why you need to stay away from foods and beverages that are hot or ice cold, whether they are dark products that will stain or not. Consuming these products can cause your teeth not only to hurt but can actually damage them. 

While it is important for you to make sure that you eat the correct food for the first 24 hours after a whitening procedure, it is just as important to make sure that you cut down on these foods all the time. The more you eat dark foods that stain, the quicker your mouth will go back to the way they were before you had the whitening done. This does not mean you have to stop eating all the things you love entirely, just remember that moderation is the key. Also, do not forget to rinse and brush after eating or drinking products that will discolor and you will help to keep your pearly white smile!


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      Tony 3 years ago

      Here is a two-day menu that can get you through the 48 hour cautionary period after whitening.


      Day 1: Fruit salad of peeled apples, pears, and bananas with vanilla (or plain) yogurt

      Day 2: Egg white omelet with jack cheese and grits (or cream of wheat)


      Day 1: Grilled chicken breast with parmesan cream sauce

      Day 2: White corn chowder or potato soup


      Day 1: Fettuccini Alfredo with white asparagus

      Day 2: Broiled flounder with cauliflower & parsnip mash

      For those who prefer to make up their own menus, here is a list of ingredients by nutritional category that are acceptable after teeth whitening.

      Proteins: any white fish (such as flounder, bass, catfish, etc.), egg whites, chicken breasts, crab, white cheeses (see Dairy below), white beans (see Vegetables below)

      Fruits: peeled pears, apples, bananas

      Vegetables: parsnips, white potatoes, white corn, white mushrooms, any white beans (such as navy, Great Northern, or cannellini), cauliflower, white asparagus, white hominy, turnips

      Dairy: milk, any white cheese (such as provolone, mozzarella, Swiss, etc.), plain or vanilla yogurt, vanilla ice cream, cottage cheese, sour cream, cream cheese

      Grain: grits, cream of wheat, white bread (without the crust), any white pastas (such as spaghetti, macaroni, rigatoni, etc.), white rice

      When it comes to which foods are acceptable and which are not, it's better not to take chances. A good rule of thumb is, if you wouldn't want it on your white shirt, then you shouldn't put it in your mouth.


      "About Whitening,"

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      Linda 5 years ago

      I was really worried about eating anything after my whitening yesterday. I finally thought of clam chowder. I wish this article provided more than 5 ideas. Milk and bananas hardly make a meal.

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      Charly 5 years ago

      I had my teeth whitened on a Friday and ate spaghetti with red sauce on Sunday. My newly whitened teeth are now more yellow (even orange in a couple of spots) than before the whitening procedure. Also, the surfaces of my teeth are very rough-not smooth. Will the stains go away? What can be done now to get rid of the stains and to whiten my teeth? If the enamel is damaged, will it repair itself? Thanks