Foods and Drinks That Help or Harm Your Whitened Smile

Dentist Sanford

One of the foundations of cosmetic dentistry is in-office teeth whitening. However, your teeth will only stay white if you consume the right foods and drinks. To find out more about these items, ask your dentist and continue reading below.

Helpful Foods
​The best foods to eat for whiter and healthier teeth are crunchy fruits and vegetables. Apples, cauliflower, celery, and carrots are packed with nutrients, but they also require a lot of chewing. As you chew on these healthy snacks, they will scrub away damaging bacteria. Cheese and yogurt contain lactic acid and vitamin D, which are also very helpful to the strength and appearance of your teeth.

Harmful Foods
Following your teeth whitening sessions, refrain from eating staining foods. Blackberries and blueberries should be eaten in moderation or avoided altogether. Though they have many vitamins and healthy benefits, these fruits have bright, staining juices that can cause your teeth to lose their bright, white quality. Eat acidic fruits and foods in moderation as well; these can break down the enamel of your teeth, which make them vulnerable to tooth decay and staining.

Helpful Drinks
Milk and water will be the best drinks to maintain your white smile. Milk, like cheese and yogurt, contains lactic acid and vitamin D. By consuming milk regularly, you will decrease your risks of gum disease and strengthen your teeth against damaging bacteria. Both water and milk are not dyed or modified in a way that will stain your teeth. They will only strengthen and protect your teeth.

Harmful Drinks
Many dentists will advise that if a drink can stain your white shirt, then it will stain your white teeth. Red wine and coffee are the worst offenders to white teeth. If you cannot avoid these liquids, then drink them through a straw to minimize the staining effects on your teeth.

Keep your teeth bright and white with Sanford Dental Excellence’s teeth whitening service in Sanford. Let us brighten your smile by calling us at (321) 257-8528.