Patients who have professional dental work done are often in search of the perfect smile. However, it’s the aftercare and eating habits after your dental implants, porcelain veneers, and teeth whitening treatment have taken place that can play a huge role in maintaining the whiteness of your smile.
At Precisions Dentistry and Implants of Kerrville, Dr. Matthew P. Huff knows exactly how to customize a cosmetic dental procedure to your needs. However, if a patient returns home from their procedure and doesn’t keep up with good oral hygiene or constantly eats food that can stain and damage teeth, they may quickly undo all the results their treatment has just achieved.
It’s important that patients who want to have a shining, bright smile are conscious of the foods and drinks they consume, especially if they have dental implants or veneers. To keep your implants, veneers, and whiteness lasting longer, avoid these foods and drinks:
Tea and Coffee
Tea and coffee are the #1 drinks that can cause teeth to turn yellow after a whitening or dental treatment. Because it’s so customary to have a cup of tea or coffee daily, these drinks, which contain tannins, leave a yellow hue behind. If tea and coffee are drunk often and consistently, over time, your teeth will lose their white shine. In order to avoid this, some patients have developed the new habit of drinking their tea and coffee through a straw.
Just like tea and coffee, Cola and other soda drinks are often dark in color, which can lead to tooth stains. However, on top of its color, carbonated drinks contain low pH levels, which can weaken the tooth’s enamel, making it even easier for a yellowish or brown stain to stay on your tooth.
Between raw tomato slices to tomato-based sauces, their bright red pigment is famous for leaving stains on whitened teeth. Despite its healthiness, tomatoes are also high in acid, which can further break down the health of your tooth. Though a healthier option than a Cola, it’s still best to avoid this fruit to help your white smile last longer.
Just like fruit juices, dark-colored berries such as blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries can also stain your teeth if eaten consistently. Though these may be the healthiest of snacks on the list, it’s also important to note that berries may be present in more things you eat than you realize. From jams to blended smoothies to juices, take care when choosing your fruits, and maybe opt for lighter-colored fruits if you’re craving something sweet.
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