It never fails, you spend all morning washing your car. Waxing, vacuuming, cleaning the windows, wheels and tires. After a couple hours it looks better than it did on the showroom floor. Then, like clockwork, the dark skies roll in and lightning cracks in the distance. All of that work to remove months old brake dust, water spots and dirt only to have it stormed on and wet, dirty roads to drive on. The same frustration can occur with your teeth.
Over-the-counter tooth whitening is a 1.4 billion dollar industry. Over 100 million Americans have whitened their teeth to get a brighter smile. That is a lot of people, a lot of money and a lot of work to make those pearly whites, pearlier and whiter. While tooth whitening is a safe, affordable way to enhance your appearance, it needs to be done with the knowledge of not only knowing what can make it less effective, but what can actually cause it to make your teeth worse.
The rule of thumb (or tooth) is that if what you are planning to eat will stain white linen, it will stain your teeth. While you are having your teeth whitened or treated, they are especially vulnerable. Here is a list of foods to avoid while whitening your teeth.
- Soy Sauce
- Tomato Sauce
- Dark Chocolate
This seems like pretty common sense, but even the most seemingly harmless or healthy option can give your teeth the reflective hue of that food.
Here is a list drinks to avoid while whitening your teeth.
- Tomato Juice
- Grape Juice
- Sports Drinks
- Red Wine
Drinks follow the same rule as food. If you spill a glass on your white shirt , will it stain? Not only is there the threat of staining your teeth as they transition to a whiter shade, but the acidic properties of these types of drinks will irritate your already irritated gums and increase sensitivity.
Tooth whitening is great way to improve the appearance of your teeth, but it is very important to know the activities and diet choices that can turn a good thing into a bad thing. For tooth whitening in a relaxing, spa-like atmosphere right here in Baton Rouge, visit the Smile Spa. To make an appointment, or for more information, click here.