How to Care For Your Teeth After a Teeth Whitening Procedure
Congratulations! You’ve just undergone your first teeth whitening procedure, and you finally have the radiant, beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. If you’re anything like most patients who receive whitening treatment, you’re probably wondering “what now?” Now that you’ve got a gorgeous smile, you need to make sure you can keep it.
Watch What You Put in Your Mouth
Obviously, a main concern of patients who have just had their teeth whitened is making sure that their teeth stay white. But teeth whitening procedures can also have other impacts besides brightening your chompers. The procedure can also leave them sensitive for up to three days after treatment. To avoid staining your teeth and discomfort while eating, be sure to avoid consuming the following items:
- Foods that can stain your teeth, like berries, beets, and dark chocolate
- Dark beverages, like coffee, tea, and red wine
- Food and drinks high in acid, like juice, soda, and citrus (oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes)
- Ice cream and frozen yogurt
In addition to watching what foods you eat, you must abstain from chewing tobacco and smoking for at least two days after your procedure. As a general rule of thumb, though, we recommend giving them up for good.
Other Care Tips and Tricks
You’ll want to keep up on your regular hygiene routine, brushing twice and flossing at least once daily, but be sure to use a regular, white toothpaste—no gels or colored pastes. If you chew gum, make sure it’s sugar-free.
If you experience any gum or tooth sensitivity after your procedure, you can take a low-dose, over-the-counter painkiller, like ibuprofen or acetaminophen to ease your discomfort. However, if symptoms persist for more than a week, see a dentist immediately.
To schedule your next teeth whitening procedure, or to learn more about cosmetic dentistry in the Fremont, CA area, call Richard Ta, DDS at (510) 573-3286 today!